senate Bill S617

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Removes ten day advance voter registration requirement

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Feb 21, 2014 opinion referred to judiciary
Jan 13, 2014 to attorney-general for opinion
Jan 08, 2014 referred to judiciary
Feb 06, 2013 opinion referred to judiciary
Jan 11, 2013 to attorney-general for opinion
Jan 09, 2013 referred to judiciary

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S617 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A113
Current Committee:
Senate Judiciary
Law Section:
Constitution, Concurrent Resolutions to Amend
Laws Affected:
Amd Art 2 ยง5, Constn
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: S1978, A1686
2009-2010: S1616, A3734

S617 - Bill Texts

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Amends the constitution to delete the requirement that registration for purposes of voting be completed at least ten days before election day and provides that laws be made to adequately safeguard against deception in the exercise of the right of suffrage; enables the legislature to enact legislation permitting persons to register to vote on election day and also to implement adequate safeguards against fraud.

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BILL NUMBER:S617

TITLE OF BILL:
CONCURRENT RESOLUTION OF THE SENATE AND ASSEMBLY
proposing an amendment to section
5 of article 2 of the
constitution, in relation to the
ten day advance registration
requirement

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
This bill amends section 5 of article 2 of the constitution to
eliminate the ten day advance voter registration requirement. If
adopted, the legislature would set guidelines for this provision.

JUSTIFICATION:
This legislation seeks to remove the ten day advance voter
registration requirement. With voter turnout at an all time low,
allowing same day registration would increase and encourage greater
participation. This increased participation would only prove
beneficial to the political process.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
2012: Senate Bill
1978 (Gianaris) - Died in Senate Judiciary
Committee
2012: Assembly Bill
1686 (Kavanagh) - Died in Assembly
Judiciary Committee
2010: Senate Bill
1616 (Valesky) - Died in
Senate Judiciary Committee
2010: Assembly Bill
3734 (Gianaris) - Died in Assembly Election
Law Committee
2008: Senate Bill
5013 (Valesky) - Died in Senate Judiciary
Committee
2008: Assembly Bill
4258 (Gianaris) - Died in Assembly Judiciary
Committee
2006: Assembly Bill
9227 (Gianaris) - Died in Assembly
Judiciary Committee
2005: Assembly Bill
1598 (Stringer) - Died in
Assembly Judiciary Committee
2004: Senate Bill
4666 (Lachman) - Died
in Senate Judiciary Committee
2004: Assembly Bill
5800 (Stringer) -
Died in Assembly Judiciary Committee
2002: Senate Bill
774
(Dollinger) - Died in Senate Judiciary Committee


2002: Assembly Bill
5299 (Stringer) - Died in Assembly Judiciary Committee
2000: Senate
Bill
989 (Dellinger) - Died in Senate Judiciary Committee
2000:
Assembly Bill
9479 (Stringer) - Died in Assembly Judiciary
Committee

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
None.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
This amendment may be referred to the first regular legislative
session convening after the next succeeding general election of
members of the Assembly, and, in conformity with section 1 of article
19 of the constitution, be published for three months previous to the
time of such election.

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

                                   617

                       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 Judiciary

            CONCURRENT RESOLUTION OF THE SENATE AND ASSEMBLY

proposing an amendment to section 5 of article 2 of the constitution, in
  relation to the ten day advance registration requirement

  Section 1. Resolved (if the Assembly concur), That section 5 of  arti-
cle 2 of the constitution be amended to read as follows:
  S  5. Laws shall be made for ascertaining, by proper proofs, the citi-
zens who shall be entitled to the right of suffrage hereby  established,
and  for  the  registration  of  voters[;  which  registration  shall be
completed at least ten days before each election] WITH SUCH PROVISION AS
IN THE JUDGMENT OF THE LEGISLATURE  IS  ADEQUATE  TO  SAFEGUARD  AGAINST
DECEPTION  IN  THE EXERCISE OF THE RIGHT OF SUFFRAGE.  Such registration
shall not be required for town and village elections except  by  express
provision of law.
  S  2.  Resolved (if the Assembly concur), That the foregoing amendment
be referred to the first regular legislative session convening after the
next succeeding general election of members of  the  assembly,  and,  in
conformity  with  section  1  of  article  19  of  the  constitution, be
published for three months previous to the time of such election.




 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD89014-01-3

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