|Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
|Oct 05, 2012||
|Oct 03, 2012||
|Sep 21, 2012||
delivered to governor
|Jun 21, 2012||
returned to assembly
3rd reading cal.1501
substituted for s7812
|Jun 21, 2012||
substituted by a10609
ordered to third reading cal.1501
|Jun 20, 2012||
referred to rules
senate Bill S7812
Relates to requiring voting materials to be provided in Russian
Archive: Last Bill Status Via A10609 - Vetoed by Governor
- In Committee
- On Floor Calendar
- Passed Senate
- Passed Assembly
- Delivered to Governor
- Vetoed by Governor
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Jun 21, 2012 - floor VoteA10609591floor59Aye1Nay0Absent2Excused0Abstained
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Floor Vote: Jun 21, 2012aye (59)
Jun 21, 2012 - Rules committee VoteS7812210committee21Aye0Nay4Aye with Reservations0Absent0Excused0Abstained
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S7812 - Bill Details
- See Assembly Version of this Bill:
- Law Section:
- Election Law
- Laws Affected:
- Amd §3-506, El L
S7812 - Bill Texts
Relates to requiring voting materials to be provided in Russian.
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TITLE OF BILL:
An act to amend the election law, in relation to voting materials in
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:
This bill seeks the same status for Russian that exists for five other
languages (aside from English) relating to all election-related
information, as required by federal Voting Rights Act, in cities with
over one million residents.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
Section one states that a board of elections in a city of over one
million provide all information that is provided in English about the
electoral process, including registration or voting notices, forms,
instructions, assistance as well as information provided at the
polling place, including voting systems, ballot marking devices and
ballots in Russian to the extent needed to allow voters who speak
Russian to participate effectively in the electoral process and all
voting-connected activities. Further, such board of elections shall
also provide the same information in Russian that it provides in
languages other than English on its website.
Section one also states that such board of elections shall also
produce and disseminate citywide a booklet that includes: (a) a voter
registration form in English with instructions in Russian; (b)
instructions in Russian regarding the criteria and application process
for obtaining an absentee ballot; and (c) a section with general voter
information in Russian including frequently asked questions. Such
board may include other languages on its website and in such booklet.
Section two is the effective date.
There are over 1.6 Russian speaking Americans in the New York
Tri-State area alone. Residents of the New York Metropolitan Area who
were born in Russia and other former Soviet Union countries is almost
500,000. Some Assembly and Senate districts have significant Russian
speaking populations, up to 20% of some districts' total population.
In many cases, these Russian Americans are being unfairly shut out of
the voting process because of language barriers.
Voting and registration materials are printed in many languages other
than English, but Russian has long been ignored. These
Russian-Americans aren't voting because they aren't registered and
they aren't registered because some of them can't read the information
and registration materials. This bill will go a long way towards equal
representation for all New Yorkers.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
Similar to Chapter 244 of 2009
Costs to local boards of elections in cities with one million or more
This act shall take on the one hundred and twentieth day after it
shall have become law.
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S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K ________________________________________________________________________ 7812 I N S E N A T E June 20, 2012 ___________ Introduced by Sen. STOROBIN -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Rules AN ACT to amend the election law, in relation to voting materials in Russian THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 3-506 of the election law, as added by chapter 244 of the laws of 2009, is amended to read as follows: S 3-506. Boards of elections; voting materials in Russian. A board of elections in a city of over one million shall provide [the same informa- tion in Russian that it provides in languages other than English on its website. It] ALL INFORMATION THAT IS PROVIDED BY SUCH A BOARD OF ELECTIONS IN ENGLISH ABOUT THE ELECTORAL PROCESS, INCLUDING REGISTRATION OR VOTING NOTICES, FORMS, INSTRUCTIONS, ASSISTANCE AS WELL AS INFORMA- TION PROVIDED AT THE POLLING PLACE, INCLUDING VOTING SYSTEMS, BALLOT MARKING DEVICES AND BALLOTS IN RUSSIAN TO THE EXTENT NEEDED TO ALLOW VOTERS WHO SPEAK RUSSIAN TO PARTICIPATE EFFECTIVELY IN THE ELECTORAL PROCESS AND ALL VOTING-CONNECTED ACTIVITIES. SUCH BOARD OF ELECTIONS SHALL ALSO PROVIDE THE SAME INFORMATION IN RUSSIAN THAT IT PROVIDES IN LANGUAGES OTHER THAN ENGLISH ON ITS WEBSITE. SUCH BOARD OF ELECTIONS shall also produce and disseminate citywide a booklet that includes: (a) a voter registration form in English with instructions in Russian; (b) instructions in Russian regarding the criteria and application process for obtaining an absentee ballot; and (c) a section with general voter information in Russian including frequently asked questions. Such board may include other languages on its website and in such booklet. S 2. This act shall take effect on the one hundred twentieth day after it shall have become a law. Effective immediately, the addition, amend- ment and/or repeal of any rules or regulations necessary for the imple- mentation of this act on its effective date are authorized to be made on or before such date. EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD16185-02-2
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