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|Jan 08, 2014||referred to elections|
|Jan 09, 2013||referred to elections|
senate Bill S1920
Archive: Last Bill Status - In Committee
- In Committee
- On Floor Calendar
- Passed Senate
- Passed Assembly
- Delivered to Governor
- Signed/Vetoed by Governor
S1920 - Details
S1920 - Summary
Enacts the "early voting act"; provides to any person early voting for a candidate for public office in a general, primary or special election for any public or party office by paper ballot to take place no sooner than fourteen business days and up to and including the day prior to such election; provides that such voting shall take place at such person's county board of elections; requires availability and access to ballots for persons with disabilities.
S1920 - Sponsor Memo
BILL NUMBER:S1920 TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the election law, in relation to enacting the "early voting act" PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: To allow the public to vote at the county board of elections or at an alternative location seven business days before a general, primary or special election, in order to make it easier for citizens to vote and to ensure an orderly and efficient voting process on election day. SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Article 8 of the election law is amended to add a new title 6 requiring local boards of elections to make available to voters the option of casting a paper ballot from seven days prior to a general, primary or special election up to and including the day prior to the election. The boards of elections are given twenty-four hours from the close of the polls to count the early ballots. JUSTIFICATION: The stress put on state election systems by high voter turnout in recent elections highlights the need to streamline the voting process and avoid a major breakdown that could place an unfair burden on voters and undermine the public's faith in the electoral process.
S1920 - Bill Text download pdf
S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K ________________________________________________________________________ 1920 2013-2014 Regular Sessions I N S E N A T E (PREFILED) January 9, 2013 ___________ Introduced by Sen. ADDABBO -- 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 enacting the "early voting act" THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Short title. This act shall be known and may be cited as the "early voting act". S 2. Article 8 of the election law is amended by adding a new title 6 to read as follows: TITLE VI EARLY VOTING SECTION 8-600. EARLY VOTING PROCEDURES. 8-602. STATE BOARD OF ELECTIONS; POWERS AND DUTIES FOR EARLY VOTING. S 8-600. EARLY VOTING PROCEDURES. 1. NO SOONER THAN FOURTEEN BUSINESS DAYS AND UP TO AND INCLUDING THE DAY PRIOR TO ANY GENERAL, PRIMARY OR SPECIAL ELECTION FOR ANY PUBLIC OR PARTY OFFICE, PERSONS DULY REGISTERED TO VOTE FOR CANDIDATES FOR SUCH OFFICE MAY VOTE BY PAPER BALLOT FOR A CANDIDATE FOR SUCH OFFICE, AND SUCH EARLY VOTING PRACTICE SHALL TAKE PLACE AT SUCH PERSON'S COUNTY BOARD OF ELECTIONS, OR AN ALTERNATIVE LOCATION OR LOCATIONS AS OTHERWISE DESIGNATED BY AND THROUGH A COUNTY BOARD OF ELECTIONS UNDER THE POWERS GRANTED PURSUANT TO THIS SECTION ON OR BEFORE THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THIS SECTION. 2. SUCH VOTING PROCEDURE SHALL BE MONITORED AND ADMINISTERED BY TWO DULY DESIGNATED PERSONS, ONE FROM EACH MAJOR POLITICAL PARTY, AND SUCH VOTING SHALL FOLLOW AND CONFORM TO ALL OTHER PROCEDURES, MEASURES AND REQUIREMENTS OF CASTING A VOTE BY A VOTING MACHINE AS PRESCRIBED PURSU- ANT TO THIS CHAPTER. ALL VOTES CAST WITHIN THE EARLY VOTING PERIOD SHALL BE COUNTED WITHIN TWENTY-FOUR HOURS OF THE POLLS CLOSING ON ELECTION DAY EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted.
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