senate Bill S3373B

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Provides that attorneys licensed to practice in the state may serve as a poll watcher in any city or county in the state

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May 23, 2014 print number 3373b
amend and recommit to elections
May 06, 2014 print number 3373a
amend and recommit to elections
Jan 08, 2014 referred to elections
Feb 01, 2013 referred to elections

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S3373 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A6776B
Current Committee:
Senate Elections
Law Section:
Election Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §8-500, El L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: S2348
2009-2010: S2866A

S3373 - Bill Texts

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Provides that attorneys licensed to practice in the state may serve as a poll watcher in any city or county in the state.

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BILL NUMBER:S3373

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the election law, in relation to watch-
ers

PURPOSE: The bill authorizes attorneys to be poll watchers anywhere in
New York if they are state residents and licensed to practice law in the
state.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section 1: Amends Election Law section 8-500(4) to allow attorneys who
are state residents and licensed to practice law in the state to require
be watchers anywhere in the State.

Section 2: Provides for the Act to take effect immediately.

EXISTING LAW: Under current law, a poll watcher must be registered to
vote in the county in which he is to serve.

JUSTIFICATION: Attorneys licensed to practice law in New York are not
restricted in their practices to any locality or court. They may prac-
tice before any court in the state, as well as before the boards of
elections everywhere in the state. They are also trained as observers
and to accurately report their observations. There should be no
restriction on their ability to be in a polling place on election day,
where their skills can be invaluable in both detecting improper conduct,
such as voter intimidation and suppression, and electioneering, and in
obtaining a quick resolution of such unlawful conduct by reporting it to
the appropriate authorities, including election day judges. For example,
in 2006 lawyers serving as poll watchers enabled Senator Andrea
Steward-Cousins to win election by acting to stop disruptions and voter
suppression and intimidation actions in the polls in Yonkers.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2011-2012: S.2348 Referred to Elections Committee

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.

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

                                  3373

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            February 1, 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 watchers

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

  Section  1.  Subdivision  4  of  section 8-500 of the election law, as
amended by chapter 9 of the laws of 1978, is amended to read as follows:
  4. Each watcher must be a qualified voter of the  city  or  county  in
which  he  OR  SHE  is  to serve, OR AN ATTORNEY WHO IS A NEW YORK STATE
RESIDENT AND IS LICENSED TO PRACTICE LAW THEREIN.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.







 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD08293-01-3

Co-Sponsors

S3373A - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A6776B
Current Committee:
Senate Elections
Law Section:
Election Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §8-500, El L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: S2348
2009-2010: S2866A

S3373A - Bill Texts

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Provides that attorneys licensed to practice in the state may serve as a poll watcher in any city or county in the state.

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BILL NUMBER:S3373A

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the election law, in relation to
watchers

PURPOSE:

The bill authorizes attorneys to be poll watchers anywhere in New York
if they are state residents and licensed to practice law in the state.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section 1: Amends Election Law section 8-500(4) to allow attorneys who
are state residents and licensed to practice law in the state to
require be watchers anywhere in the State. Law school students
attending a law school in New York that is accredited by the American
Bar Association are also allowed to serve as poll watchers.

Section 2: Provides for the Act to take effect immediately.

EXISTING LAW: Under current law, a poll watcher must be registered to
vote in the county in which he is to serve.

JUSTIFICATION: Attorneys licensed to practice law in New York are not
restricted in their practices to any locality or court. They may
practice before any court in the state, as well as before the boards
of elections everywhere in the state. They are also trained as
observers and to accurately report their observations. There should be
no restriction on their ability to be in a polling place on Election
Day, where their skills can be invaluable in both detecting improper
conduct, such as voter intimidation and suppression, and
electioneering, and in obtaining a quick resolution of such unlawful
conduct by reporting it to the appropriate authorities, including
Election Day judges. For example, in 2006 lawyers serving as poll
watchers enabled Senator Andrea Steward-Cousins to win election by
acting to stop disruptions and voter suppression and intimidation
actions in the polls in Yonkers.

Additionally the current limitation bars out-of-state law students
from volunteering at all. Many law students attending schools in New
York State are eager to serve as poll watchers. It is a chance to
learn about election law, it provides an opportunity to put legal
skills to use, and it is a fantastic way to get involved. In 2013,
hundreds of law students from law schools across the New York City
expressed interest in volunteering to protect the vote. However, since
many of these law students were not registered to vote in New York
State, they were not able to serve as poll watchers. This law not only
denied those students a valuable learning opportunity, but it denies
New York of a large pool of potential poll watchers who could be
helping to protect the fundamental right to vote.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2011-2012: S.2348 Referred to Elections Committee

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.


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

                                 3373--A

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            February 1, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sens. ADDABBO, PARKER, SAMPSON -- read twice and ordered
  printed, and  when  printed  to  be  committed  to  the  Committee  on
  Elections  --  recommitted to the Committee on Elections in accordance
  with Senate Rule 6, sec. 8  --  committee  discharged,  bill  amended,
  ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee

AN ACT to amend the election law, in relation to watchers

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

  Section 1. Subdivision 4 of section 8-500  of  the  election  law,  as
amended by chapter 9 of the laws of 1978, is amended to read as follows:
  4.  Each  watcher  must  be a qualified voter of the city or county in
which he OR SHE is to serve, AN ATTORNEY WHO IS A NEW YORK  STATE  RESI-
DENT AND IS LICENSED TO PRACTICE LAW THEREIN, OR A LAW STUDENT ATTENDING
A  LAW  SCHOOL  IN  NEW  YORK STATE AND SUCH SCHOOL IS ACCREDITED BY THE
AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.






 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD08293-03-4

Co-Sponsors

S3373B (ACTIVE) - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A6776B
Current Committee:
Senate Elections
Law Section:
Election Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §8-500, El L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: S2348
2009-2010: S2866A

S3373B (ACTIVE) - Bill Texts

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Provides that attorneys licensed to practice in the state may serve as a poll watcher in any city or county in the state.

view sponsor memo
BILL NUMBER:S3373B

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the election law, in relation to
watchers

PURPOSE:The bill authorizes attorneys to be poll watchers anywhere in
New York if they are state residents and licensed to practice law in
the state.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section 1: Amends Election Law section 8-500(4) to allow attorneys who
are state residents and licensed to practice law in the state to
require be watchers anywhere in the State.

Section 2: Provides for the Act to take effect immediately.

EXISTING LAW: Under current law, a poll watcher must be registered to
vote in the county in which he is to serve.

JUSTIFICATION: Attorneys licensed to practice law in New York are not
restricted in their practices to any locality or court. They may
practice before any court in the state, as well as before the boards
of elections everywhere in the state. They are also trained as
observers and to accurately report their observations. There should be
no restriction on their ability to be in a polling place on Election
Day, where their skills can be invaluable in both detecting improper
conduct, such as voter intimidation and suppression, and
electioneering, and in obtaining a quick resolution of such unlawful
conduct by reporting it to the appropriate authorities, including
Election Day judges. For example, in 2006 lawyers serving as poll
watchers enabled Senator Andrea Steward-Cousins to win election by
acting to stop disruptions and voter suppression and intimidation
actions in the polls in Yonkers.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2011-2012: S.2348 Referred to Elections Committee

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.

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

                                 3373--B

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            February 1, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sens. ADDABBO, PARKER, SAMPSON -- read twice and ordered
  printed, and  when  printed  to  be  committed  to  the  Committee  on
  Elections  --  recommitted to the Committee on Elections in accordance
  with Senate Rule 6, sec. 8  --  committee  discharged,  bill  amended,
  ordered  reprinted  as  amended  and  recommitted to said committee --
  committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as  amended  and
  recommitted to said committee

AN ACT to amend the election law, in relation to watchers

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

  Section 1. Subdivision 4 of section 8-500  of  the  election  law,  as
amended by chapter 9 of the laws of 1978, is amended to read as follows:
  4.  Each  watcher  must  be a qualified voter of the city or county in
which he OR SHE is to serve, OR AN ATTORNEY WHO  IS  A  NEW  YORK  STATE
RESIDENT AND IS LICENSED TO PRACTICE LAW THEREIN.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.






 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD08293-05-4

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