senate Bill S625

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Directs the Queens county board of elections to provide language assistance in Bengali, Punjabi and Hindi

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Jan 09, 2013 referred to elections

S625 - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A1005
Current Committee:
Law Section:
Election Law
Laws Affected:
Add ยง3-508, El L
Versions Introduced in 2011-2012 Legislative Session:
S7402, A9956

S625 - Summary

Directs the Queens county board of elections to provide language assistance in Bengali, Punjabi and Hindi.

S625 - Sponsor Memo

S625 - Bill Text download pdf

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

                                   625

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 9, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by Sen. STAVISKY -- 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  directing  the  Queens
  county  board  of elections to provide language assistance in Bengali,
  Punjabi and Hindi

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

  Section  1.  The election law is amended by adding a new section 3-508
to read as follows:
  S 3-508. QUEENS COUNTY BOARD OF ELECTIONS; VOTING MATERIALS IN  BENGA-
LI,  PUNJABI  AND  HINDI.  THE  QUEENS  COUNTY  BOARD OF ELECTIONS SHALL
PROVIDE WRITTEN LANGUAGE ASSISTANCE IN THE BENGALI,  PUNJABI  AND  HINDI
LANGUAGES PURSUANT TO SECTION TWO HUNDRED THREE OF THE VOTING RIGHTS ACT
OF  NINETEEN  HUNDRED  SIXTY-FIVE  (42  U.S.C. 1973AA-1A). SUCH LANGUAGE
ASSISTANCE SHALL INCLUDE, BUT NOT BE LIMITED TO, BALLOTS,  SIGNS,  VOTER
MAILINGS,  EMPLOYEE  AND VOLUNTEER TRAINING MATERIALS AND INFORMATION ON
SUCH BOARD'S WEBSITE. IT SHALL ALSO PRODUCE AND DISSEMINATE COUNTYWIDE A
BOOKLET THAT INCLUDES: (A) A VOTER REGISTRATION  FORM  IN  ENGLISH  WITH
INSTRUCTIONS IN BENGALI, PUNJABI AND HINDI; (B) INSTRUCTIONS IN BENGALI,
PUNJABI  AND  HINDI  REGARDING  THE CRITERIA AND APPLICATION PROCESS FOR
OBTAINING AN ABSENTEE BALLOT; AND  (C)  A  SECTION  WITH  GENERAL  VOTER
INFORMATION  IN  BENGALI,  PUNJABI  AND HINDI INCLUDING FREQUENTLY ASKED
QUESTIONS. SUCH BOARD MAY INCLUDE OTHER LANGUAGES ON ITS WEBSITE AND  IN
SUCH BOOKLET.
  S 2. This act shall take effect on the one hundred twentieth day after
it  shall have become a law. Effective immediately, the addition, amend-
ment and/or repeal of any rules or regulations necessary for the  imple-
mentation of this act on its effective date are authorized to be made on
or before such date.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD03938-01-3

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