|Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
|Jan 08, 2014||referred to elections|
|Apr 22, 2013||reported and committed to finance|
|Mar 11, 2013||notice of committee consideration - requested|
|Jan 09, 2013||referred to elections|
senate Bill S1928
Archive: Last Bill Status - In Committee
- In Committee
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- Passed Senate
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- Delivered to Governor
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S1928 - Details
S1928 - Sponsor Memo
BILL NUMBER:S1928 REVISED 4/23/13 TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the election law, in relation to the typeface to be used on paper ballots PURPOSE: To make paper ballots more usable by the voting public through requirements that ballots use a simple and easy to read type, and be designed with a view towards usability, and by requiring that the State and New York City boards of elections, as well as those in the largest counties, have a full time employee on staff who is trained in ballot design and usability. SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1 of the bill amends election law section 7-106(2) to require that paper ballots use simple and easy to read type style, and that candidates names be printed in initial capital and lower case letters of at least 12 point bold type. It further amends election law section 7-106(2) to add a new subdivision 2a, which requires that the New York State and New York City boards of elections, as well as those in Erie, Nassau, Suffolk and Westchester counties have one full time employee on staff who is fully trained in effective ballot design and ballot usability. It also requires that such employee of the state board of elections be available to advise the other counties on the proposed design and usability of their ballots for primary, general and special elections.
S1928 - Bill Text download pdf
S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K ________________________________________________________________________ 1928 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 the typeface to be used on paper ballots THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Subdivision 2 of section 7-106 of the election law is amended and a new subdivision 2-a is added to read as follows: 2. All paper ballots of the same kind for the same polling place shall be identical. A different, but in each case uniform style and size of SIMPLE AND EASY TO READ type, SUCH AS ARIAL OR UNIVERS, shall be used for printing the names of candidates, the titles of offices, political designations, and the reading form of all questions submitted. The names of candidates shall be printed in INITIAL capital FOLLOWED BY LOWER CASE letters [in black-faced] OF NOT LESS THAN TWELVE POINT BOLD (BLACK-FACED) type. 2-A. THE NEW YORK STATE, NEW YORK CITY, AND THE COUNTY BOARDS OF ELECTIONS FOR THE COUNTIES OF NASSAU, SUFFOLK, WESTCHESTER AND ERIE SHALL AT ALL TIMES HAVE ONE FULL TIME EMPLOYEE ON STAFF WHO IS FULLY TRAINED IN EFFECTIVE BALLOT DESIGN AND BALLOT USABILITY. SUCH EMPLOYEE OF THE STATE BOARD SHALL BE AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST TO ADVISE ALL COUN- TIES ON THE PROPOSED DESIGN AND USABILITY OF THEIR BALLOTS FOR ALL PRIMARY, GENERAL AND SPECIAL ELECTIONS. S 2. This act shall take effect on the first of January next succeed- ing the date on which it shall have become a law. EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD02193-01-3
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