Assembly Actions -
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
|Jan 04, 2012||
referred to elections
|Jan 05, 2011||
referred to elections
Senate Bill S544
2011-2012 Legislative Session
Archive: Last Bill Status - In Senate Committee Elections Committee
- In Committee Assembly
- On Floor Calendar Assembly
- Passed Assembly
- Delivered to Governor
- Signed By Governor
2011-S544 (ACTIVE) - Details
2011-S544 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo
BILL NUMBER:S544 TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the election law, in relation to absentee voting qualifications PURPOSE: Allows absentee voting for persons unable to vote due to duties, occupation, business, personal matters or studies. SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Extend absentee voting rights to any individual who for any reason is unable to vote in person; includes the category of "matters" in the list of acceptable reasons for absentee voting; eliminates the requirement that an individual applying for an absentee ballot be required to file a statement regarding the nature and reasons of their absence from the county of his or her residence; provides that no single agent may collect more than fifteen absentee ballots, except upon application and approval of both commissioners. JUSTIFICATION: By extending absentee voting rights to all individuals who are unable to vote in person on election day, we are enabling more eligible voters to vote in New York State and have that vote counted. This bill helps to ensure that as many eligible voters as possible exercise their right to vote on election day.
2011-S544 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf
S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K ________________________________________________________________________ 544 2011-2012 Regular Sessions I N S E N A T E (PREFILED) January 5, 2011 ___________ Introduced by Sen. KLEIN -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Elections AN ACT to amend the election law, in relation to absentee voting quali- fications THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Subdivision 1 of section 8-400 of the election law, as amended by chapter 63 of the laws of 2010, is amended and a new subdivi- sion 11 is added to read as follows: 1. A qualified voter may vote as an absentee voter under this chapter if, on the occurrence of any village election conducted by the board of elections, primary election, special election, general election or New York city community school board district or city of Buffalo school district election, he or she expects to be[: (a) absent from the county of his or her residence, or, if a resident of the city of New York absent from said city; or (b) unable to appear personally at the polling place of the election district in which he or she is a qualified voter because of illness or physical disability or duties related to the primary care of one or more individuals who are ill or physically disabled, or because he or she will be or is a patient in a hospital; or (c) an inmate or patient of a veteran's administration hospital; or (d) absent from his or her voting residence because he or she is detained in jail awaiting action by a grand jury or awaiting trial, or confined in jail or prison after a conviction for an offense other than a felony, provided that he or she is qualified to vote in the election district of his or her residence] UNABLE TO VOTE IN PERSON DUE TO DUTIES, OCCUPATION, BUSINESS, PERSONAL MATTERS OR STUDIES. EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD04207-01-1
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