senate Bill S2191

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Permits boards of elections to engage election inspectors to split shifts, their compensation to be prorated accordingly

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Jan 08, 2014 referred to elections
Jan 14, 2013 referred to elections


S2191 - Bill Details

Current Committee:
Law Section:
Election Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง3-400, El L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: S756B
2009-2010: S1097

S2191 - Bill Texts

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Permits boards of elections to allow election inspectors to work split shifts, their compensation shall be prorated accordingly.

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TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the election law, in relation to permit-
ting election inspectors to split shifts

PURPOSE: The purpose of this bill is to permit boards of elections to
allow election inspectors to split shifts, and prorate their compen-
sation accordingly.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Subdivision 7 of Section 3-400 of the Election
Law is amended to permit all boards of elections to authorize election
inspectors to work split shifts and prorate their compensation accord-

JUSTIFICATION: Currently, election inspectors are not permitted to
split the work day into shifts. During most elections, polls are open
for an average of sixteen hours. Election workers are not only required
to work during polling hours, but there is additional time required to
prep and close down polling sites. Their job duties are essential to
protecting the integrity and validity of our democratic process. It is
difficult for many inspectors, especially our senior volunteers, to
commit to the long and taxing hours of an election day. Additionally,
it is becoming increasingly difficult to recruit new inspectors, and
with the implementation of new computerized voting machines, recruitment
and retention levels are expected to drop further. Allowing election
workers to divide their shifts will increase the pool of candidates
available to contribute their time to the most critical element of

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2011, 2012: S. 756-B Referred to Elections 2009,
2010: S.1097/A.1126 Referred to Elections 2007, 2008: S.366/A.11517
Referred to Rules 2006: S.7557 Referred to Elections


EFFECTIVE DATE: One hundred eightieth day after it shall have become

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


                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 14, 2013

Introduced  by  Sens.  YOUNG, DeFRANCISCO, RANZENHOFER -- read twice and
  ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee  on

AN  ACT  to  amend  the election law, in relation to permitting election
  inspectors to split shifts


  Section  1.  Subdivision  7  of  section 3-400 of the election law, as
added by chapter 5 of the laws of 2010, is amended to read as follows:
  7. [The] EVERY board of  elections  may  [employ]  AUTHORIZE  election
inspectors  to  work  [half-day]  SPLIT  shifts with [adjusted] PRORATED
compensation, provided, however, that at least one inspector  from  each
of  the  two major political parties is present at the poll site for the
entire time that the polls are open.   Each county  board  of  elections
shall prescribe the necessary rules and procedures to ensure proper poll
site operation.
  S 2. This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after
it  shall  have  become  a law; provided that each board of elections is
authorized to promulgate any rules necessary to implement the provisions
of this act on or before such effective date.

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


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