senate Bill S609A

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Provides that qualified persons who are not registered to vote may register on a day of election at their polling places

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Jan 13, 2014 print number 609a
amend and recommit to elections
Jan 08, 2014 referred to elections
Jan 09, 2013 referred to elections

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S609 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A172A
Current Committee:
Law Section:
Election Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §5-210, El L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: A1684, S1972A, A1684A
2009-2010: A5230

S609 - Bill Texts

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Provides that qualified persons who have never previously registered to vote in this state may apply personally for registration by appearing at the appropriate polling place for the election district in which such person resides on the day such polling place is open for voting; requires establishment of a procedure to enable such registrants to cast their votes at the appropriate polling places.

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BILL NUMBER:S609

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the election law, in relation to allowing for polling place
voter
registration for any qualified person who is not registered to vote

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
Section 5-210 of
election law is
amended by adding a new subdivision 1-a which enables qualified
persons to register to vote.

JUSTIFICATION:
This legislation seeks to set
parameters and guidelines
fix Election Day voter registration. Allowing for persons eligible to
vote to register to vote up until and on Election Day has increased
voter turnout in the six states (Idaho, Maine, Minnesota. New
Hampshire. Wisconsin and Wyoming). On average, turnout was 14'4
higher in EDR states than across the country in the 2004 election
cycle. New York consistently ranks near the bottom in voter turnout
in the country. It is imperative that state take every action
necessary to allow eligible voters the involved in elections until
the very last moment when often it is too late to register to vote.
This must be changed, voters should have the ability to register and
vote Election Day.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
2012: Senate Bill
1972-A (Gianaris) - Died in Senate Elections
Committee
2012: Assembly Bill
1684-A (Kavangh) - Died in Assembly
Elections Committee
2010: Assembly Bill
5230 (Gianaris) - Died in
Assembly Elections Committee
2008: Assembly Bill
4488 (Gianaris) -
Died in Assembly Elections Committee
2006: Assembly Bill
9229
(Gianaris) - Died in Assembly Elections Committee

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
None.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
This shall take effect January 1, 2014.

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

                                   609

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 9, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by Sen. GIANARIS -- 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  allowing  for  polling
  place  voter  registration  for any qualified person who is not regis-
  tered to vote

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

  Section  1.  Section  5-210 of the election law is amended by adding a
new subdivision 1-a to read as follows:
  1-A. (A) NOTWITHSTANDING ANY OTHER PROVISION OF THIS ARTICLE  RELATING
TO REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS, ANY QUALIFIED PERSON WHO IS NOT REGISTERED
IN  THIS  STATE  MAY APPLY PERSONALLY FOR REGISTRATION AND ENROLLMENT BY
APPEARING AT THE APPROPRIATE POLLING PLACE FOR THE ELECTION DISTRICT  IN
WHICH  HE  OR  SHE RESIDES ON THE DAY OF ANY PRIMARY, GENERAL OR SPECIAL
ELECTION DURING THE HOURS THAT SUCH POLLING PLACE IS OPEN FOR VOTING. TO
BE ELIGIBLE TO REGISTER PURSUANT TO  THIS  SUBDIVISION,  A  PERSON  MUST
PROVIDE  ACCEPTABLE  FORMS  OF  IDENTIFICATION CONTAINING PROOF OF RESI-
DENCE, AS DETERMINED BY STATE LAW IMPLEMENTING THE HELP  AMERICANS  VOTE
ACT  OF  2002  (PUBLIC LAW 107-252). ANY PERSON WHO SO REGISTERS TO VOTE
SHALL EXECUTE THE FOLLOWING INSTRUMENT IN  SUBSTANTIALLY  THE  FOLLOWING
FORM:
  "I,  (NAME), DO HEREBY CERTIFY, UNDER PENALTY OF PERJURY, THAT, TO THE
BEST OF MY KNOWLEDGE, I AM A QUALIFIED VOTER, HAVING RESIDED  AT  (PLACE
OF  RESIDENCE)  FOR  AT  LEAST  THIRTY  DAYS  IMMEDIATELY PRECEDING THIS
ELECTION, THAT I AM NOT DISQUALIFIED ON ANY LEGAL  GROUNDS  FROM  VOTING
AND THAT I HAVE NOT ALREADY VOTED AT THIS ELECTION."
  (B)  IF  A REGISTRANT IS UNABLE TO PROVIDE VALID PROOF OF RESIDENCE AS
REQUIRED BY PARAGRAPH (A) OF THIS SUBDIVISION, SUCH  REGISTRANT  MAY  BE
ALLOWED  TO  REGISTER  FOR AND VOTE IN ANY ELECTION BY AFFIDAVIT BALLOT.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD01376-01-3

S. 609                              2

SUCH AFFIDAVIT BALLOT SHALL NOT BE COUNTED UNTIL ELECTION OFFICIALS  CAN
DETERMINE SUCH REGISTRANT'S RESIDENCE AND ELIGIBILITY TO VOTE.
  (C)  THE  BOARD  OF  ELECTIONS  SHALL ESTABLISH A PROCEDURE BY WHICH A
PERSON WHO REGISTERS PURSUANT TO THIS SUBDIVISION MAY CAST  HIS  OR  HER
VOTE AT THE APPROPRIATE POLLING PLACE.
  S 2. This act shall take effect January 1, 2014.

Co-Sponsors

S609A (ACTIVE) - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A172A
Current Committee:
Law Section:
Election Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §5-210, El L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: A1684, S1972A, A1684A
2009-2010: A5230

S609A (ACTIVE) - Bill Texts

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Provides that qualified persons who have never previously registered to vote in this state may apply personally for registration by appearing at the appropriate polling place for the election district in which such person resides on the day such polling place is open for voting; requires establishment of a procedure to enable such registrants to cast their votes at the appropriate polling places.

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BILL NUMBER:S609A

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the election law, in relation to
allowing for polling place voter registration for any qualified person
who is not registered to vote

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:

Section 5-210 of election law is amended by adding a new subdivision
1-a which enables qualified persons to register to vote.

JUSTIFICATION:

This legislation seeks to set parameters and guidelines fix Election
Day voter registration. Allowing for persons eligible to vote to
register to vote up until and on Election Day has increased voter
turnout in the six states (Idaho, Maine, Minnesota. New Hampshire.
Wisconsin Wyoming). On average, turnout was 14% higher in EDR states
than country in the 2004 election cycle. New York consistently ranks
near the bottom in voter turnout in the country.It is imperative that
state take every action necessary to allow eligible voters the
involved in elections until the very last moment when often it is too
late to register to vote. This must be changed, voters should have the
ability to register and vote Election Day.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

2013: Senate Bill #609 (Gianaris) - Died in Senate Elections Committee
2012: Senate Bill #1972-A (Gianaris) - Died in Senate Elections
Committee
2013: Assembly Bill #172 (Kavangh) - Died in Assembly Elections
Committee
2012: Assembly Bill #1684-A (Kavangh) - Died in Assembly Elections
Committee
2010: Assembly Bill #5230 (Gianaris) - Died in Assembly Elections
Committee
2008: Assembly Bill #4488 (Gianaris) - Died in Assembly Elections
Committee
2006: Assembly Bill #9229 (Gianaris) - Died in Assembly Elections
Committee

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

None.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

This shall take effect January 1, 2015.

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

                                 609--A

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 9, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sens.  GIANARIS, HASSELL-THOMPSON, HOYLMAN -- read twice
  and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee
  on Elections -- recommitted to the Committee on Elections  in  accord-
  ance 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 allowing for polling
  place voter registration for any qualified person who  is  not  regis-
  tered to vote

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

  Section 1. Section 5-210 of the election law is amended  by  adding  a
new subdivision 1-a to read as follows:
  1-A.  (A) NOTWITHSTANDING ANY OTHER PROVISION OF THIS ARTICLE RELATING
TO REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS, ANY QUALIFIED PERSON WHO IS NOT REGISTERED
IN THIS STATE MAY APPLY PERSONALLY FOR REGISTRATION  AND  ENROLLMENT  BY
APPEARING  AT THE APPROPRIATE POLLING PLACE FOR THE ELECTION DISTRICT IN
WHICH HE OR SHE RESIDES ON THE DAY OF ANY PRIMARY,  GENERAL  OR  SPECIAL
ELECTION DURING THE HOURS THAT SUCH POLLING PLACE IS OPEN FOR VOTING. TO
BE  ELIGIBLE  TO  REGISTER  PURSUANT  TO THIS SUBDIVISION, A PERSON MUST
PROVIDE ACCEPTABLE FORMS OF IDENTIFICATION  CONTAINING  PROOF  OF  RESI-
DENCE,  AS  DETERMINED BY STATE LAW IMPLEMENTING THE HELP AMERICANS VOTE
ACT OF 2002 (PUBLIC LAW 107-252). ANY PERSON WHO SO  REGISTERS  TO  VOTE
SHALL  EXECUTE  THE  FOLLOWING INSTRUMENT IN SUBSTANTIALLY THE FOLLOWING
FORM:
  "I, (NAME), DO HEREBY CERTIFY, UNDER PENALTY OF PERJURY, THAT, TO  THE
BEST  OF  MY KNOWLEDGE, I AM A QUALIFIED VOTER, HAVING RESIDED AT (PLACE
OF RESIDENCE) FOR  AT  LEAST  THIRTY  DAYS  IMMEDIATELY  PRECEDING  THIS
ELECTION,  THAT  I  AM NOT DISQUALIFIED ON ANY LEGAL GROUNDS FROM VOTING
AND THAT I HAVE NOT ALREADY VOTED AT THIS ELECTION."

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD01376-02-4

S. 609--A                           2

  (B) IF A REGISTRANT IS UNABLE TO PROVIDE VALID PROOF OF  RESIDENCE  AS
REQUIRED  BY  PARAGRAPH  (A) OF THIS SUBDIVISION, SUCH REGISTRANT MAY BE
ALLOWED TO REGISTER FOR AND VOTE IN ANY ELECTION  BY  AFFIDAVIT  BALLOT.
SUCH  AFFIDAVIT BALLOT SHALL NOT BE COUNTED UNTIL ELECTION OFFICIALS CAN
DETERMINE SUCH REGISTRANT'S RESIDENCE AND ELIGIBILITY TO VOTE.
  (C)  THE  BOARD  OF  ELECTIONS  SHALL ESTABLISH A PROCEDURE BY WHICH A
PERSON WHO REGISTERS PURSUANT TO THIS SUBDIVISION MAY CAST  HIS  OR  HER
VOTE AT THE APPROPRIATE POLLING PLACE.
  S 2. This act shall take effect January 1, 2015.

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