senate Bill S4479

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Requires the board of elections to notify absentee voters of the status of their ballot and to correct an unaccepted ballot

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S4479 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A2332
Current Committee:
Senate Elections
Law Section:
Election Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §8-412, El L

S4479 - Bill Texts

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Requires the board of elections to establish an electronic system allowing absentee voters to monitor the status of their ballot and to correct an unaccepted ballot.

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BILL NUMBER:S4479

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the election law, in relation to
requiring the board of elections to notify absentee voters of the
status of their ballot

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:

To ensure that absentee voters are informed of the status of their
ballot and given an opportunity to correct a ballot that is rejected.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:

Section 1 amends § 8-412 of the Election Law to require the Board of
Elections to:

*Confirm receipt and status (either accepted or rejected) of a voter's
absentee ballot, either in writing or online

*Provide an explanation of the problem when a ballot has been rejected

*Provide a method for correction for rejected ballots

Section 2 contains the effective date.

JUSTIFICATION:

Voters who use an absentee ballot should have the same opportunities
to ensure that their vote counted as voters who vote on Election Day.
Currently, absentee voters are unable to find out if their ballot was
accepted by their. local Board of Elections, or even if it arrived in
the Board's office. This system will allow absentee voters to enjoy
the same confidence in their vote that Election Day voters do.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

This is a new bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

Unknown.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

This bill would take effect immediately.

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

                                  4479

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              April 3, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen. TKACZYK -- 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 requiring the board  of
  elections to notify absentee voters of the status of their ballot

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

  Section 1. Section 8-412 of the election law is amended by adding  two
new subdivisions 3 and 4 to read as follows:
  3.  THE  BOARD  OF  ELECTIONS  SHALL  PROVIDE WRITTEN DOCUMENTATION OR
ONLINE CONFIRMATION OF RECEIPT OF AN ABSENTEE BALLOT  AND  WHETHER  SUCH
BALLOT WAS ACCEPTED BY THE BOARD.
  4.  WHEN AN ABSENTEE BALLOT IS NOT ACCEPTED BY THE BOARD OF ELECTIONS,
THE BOARD SHALL PROVIDE THE VOTER WITH WRITTEN DOCUMENTATION  OR  ONLINE
CONFIRMATION  THAT  SUCH BALLOT WAS NOT ACCEPTED. THE WRITTEN DOCUMENTA-
TION OR ONLINE CONFIRMATION PROVIDED TO THE VOTER  BY  THE  BOARD  SHALL
PROVIDE  AN EXPLANATION DETAILING THE REASON WHY THE ABSENTEE BALLOT WAS
NOT ACCEPTED AND HOW THE BALLOT MAY BE CORRECTED.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.





 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD05626-01-3

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