senate Bill S2252

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Allows absentee voting for persons unable to vote due to duties, occupation, business, personal matters or studies

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Feb 03, 2014 recommit, enacting clause stricken
Jan 08, 2014 referred to elections
Jan 15, 2013 referred to elections

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S2252 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A2105
Current Committee:
Law Section:
Election Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §8-400, El L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: S544, A4742
2009-2010: S1835, A658

S2252 - Bill Texts

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Allows absentee voting for persons unable to vote due to duties, occupation, business, personal matters or studies; no agent may collect more than 15 ballots except with approval of two inspectors representing different political parties.

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BILL NUMBER:S2252

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 fox 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.

There are many instances where an individual voter may not be able to
vote, for any number of personal reasons, but may not fall within one
of the categories which exists in current law. This amendment would
eliminate this problem. The existing application process is also
amended, as it would no longer require an individual voter to provide
a specific reason as to why they will be unable to vote in person on
election day.

This bill helps codify the main focus of HAVA to ensure that as many
people as possible are able to exercise their right to vote and do so
in an appropriate manner. By eliminating the requirement that an
individual provide an acceptable reason for their absence, the bill
also eliminates a pitfall as to why an otherwise eligible voter may be
deemed ineligible.

Additionally, this bill would limit the number of absentee ballots one
agent may collect to fifteen, unless otherwise approved by both
commissioners. This change eliminates the unseemly practice whereby
one individual is able to collect an unlimited number of absentee
ballots and turn them in. The potential for fraud in instances like
that is too great to risk for such an important matter as the right to
have your vote count.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2006 - S.2776 Referred to Elections 2008 -
S.2253 Referred to Elections; Notice of Petition Filed 2009 - S.1835
Referred to Elections 2011 - S. 544 Referred to Elections

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.

LOCAL FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Negligible.


EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the one hundred
eightieth day after it shall have become a law; provided that,
effective immediately, any rule and regulations necessary to implement
the provision of this act on its effective date are authorized and
directed to be completed.

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

                                  2252

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 15, 2013
                               ___________

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.
  11. NO SINGLE AGENT SHALL COLLECT MORE THAN FIFTEEN ABSENTEE  BALLOTS,
EXCEPT  UPON  APPLICATION  AND  APPROVAL  OF TWO INSPECTORS REPRESENTING
DIFFERENT POLITICAL PARTIES.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD02192-01-3

S. 2252                             2

  S 2. This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after
it shall have become a law.  Effective immediately, any rules and  regu-
lations  necessary to implement the provisions of this act on its effec-
tive date are authorized to be made before such effective date.

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