senate Bill S1549

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Provides that qualified persons who are not registered to vote may register on a day of election at their polling places

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S1549 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A2099
Current Committee:
Law Section:
Election Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง5-210, El L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: S1769A, A6421A
2009-2010: S5059A, A5257A

S1549 - Bill Texts

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Provides that qualified persons who have never previously registered to vote may register on any day, including a day of election, that the board of elections is open for business; requires establishment of a procedure to enable such registrants to cast their votes at the appropriate polling places.

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BILL NUMBER:S1549

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the election law, in relation to
allowing for polling place voter registration for any qualified person
who is not registered to vote

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: To provide qualified persons who
have never previously registered to vote with the opportunity on the
day of an election.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:

Section 5-210 of the election law is amended by adding a new
subdivision 1-a.

JUSTIFICATION: This legislation seeks to set parameters and
guidelines for Election Day voter registration. Allowing for persons
eligible to vote to register to vote up until and on Election Day has
increased voter turnout in the six states (Idaho, Maine, Minnesota,
new Hampshire, Wisconsin and Wyoming) On average, turnout was 14%
higher in EDR states than across the country in the 2004 election
cycle. New York consistently ranks near the bottom in voter turnout in
the country. It is imperative the state take every action necessary to
allow eligible voters the opportunity to register and vote. Most
voters do not get excited or involved in elections until the very last
moment when often it is too late to register to vote. This must be
changed, voters should have the ability to register and vote on
Election Day.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: S.1769-A of 2011-2012 - Referred to
Elections; Amended and recommitted to Elections; Referred to Elections
S.1769 of 2010-2011 - Referred to Elections S.5059A of 2009-2010 -
Referred to Elections

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect January 1, 2014.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                  1549

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 9, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen. PERKINS -- 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  allowing  for  polling
  place  voter  registration  for any qualified person who is not regis-
  tered to vote

  THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section  1.  Section  5-210 of the election law is amended by adding a
new subdivision 1-a to read as follows:
  1-A. (A) NOTWITHSTANDING ANY OTHER PROVISION OF THIS ARTICLE  RELATING
TO REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS, ANY QUALIFIED PERSON WHO IS NOT REGISTERED
IN  THIS  STATE  MAY APPLY PERSONALLY FOR REGISTRATION AND ENROLLMENT BY
APPEARING AT THE APPROPRIATE POLLING PLACE FOR THE ELECTION DISTRICT  IN
WHICH  HE  OR  SHE  RESIDES ON ANY DAY OF ELECTION, PRIMARY, GENERAL, OR
SPECIAL, DURING THE HOURS THAT SUCH POLLING PLACE IS OPEN FOR VOTING. TO
BE ELIGIBLE TO REGISTER PURSUANT TO  THIS  SUBDIVISION,  A  PERSON  MUST
PROVIDE  ACCEPTABLE  FORMS  OF  IDENTIFICATION CONTAINING PROOF OF RESI-
DENCE, AS DETERMINED BY STATE LAW IMPLEMENTING THE HELP  AMERICANS  VOTE
ACT  OF  2002  (PUBLIC LAW 107-252). ANY PERSON WHO SO REGISTERS TO VOTE
SHALL EXECUTE THE FOLLOWING INSTRUMENT IN  SUBSTANTIALLY  THE  FOLLOWING
FORM:
"I,  (NAME),  DO  HEREBY CERTIFY, UNDER PENALTY OF PERJURY, THAT, TO THE
BEST OF MY KNOWLEDGE, I AM A QUALIFIED VOTER, HAVING RESIDED  AT  (PLACE
OF  RESIDENCE)  FOR  AT  LEAST  THIRTY  DAYS  IMMEDIATELY PRECEDING THIS
ELECTION, THAT I AM NOT DISQUALIFIED ON ANY LEGAL GROUNDS  FROM  VOTING,
AND THAT I HAVE NOT ALREADY VOTED AT THIS ELECTION."
  (B)  IF  A REGISTRANT IS UNABLE TO PROVIDE VALID PROOF OF RESIDENCE AS
PROVIDED FOR IN PARAGRAPH (A) OF THIS SUBDIVISION, SUCH  REGISTRANT  MAY
BE ALLOWED TO REGISTER FOR AND VOTE IN ANY ELECTION BY AFFIDAVIT BALLOT.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD03223-01-3

S. 1549                             2

SUCH  AFFIDAVIT BALLOT SHALL NOT BE COUNTED UNTIL ELECTION OFFICIALS CAN
DETERMINE SUCH REGISTRANT'S RESIDENCE AND ELIGIBILITY TO VOTE.
  (C)  THE  BOARD  OF  ELECTIONS  SHALL ESTABLISH A PROCEDURE BY WHICH A
PERSON WHO REGISTERS PURSUANT TO THIS SUBDIVISION MAY CAST  HIS  OR  HER
VOTE AT THE APPROPRIATE POLLING PLACE.
  S 2. This act shall take effect January 1, 2014.

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