TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the election law, in relation to the
reimbursement to counties and the city of New York of the costs
associated with administering primary elections
The bill will require the state to reimburse counties and the city of
New York for the costs of conducting the September primary in even
numbered election years.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section 1 amends Section 6-160 of the election law by adding a new
subdivision three, requiring the state to reimburse the counties and
city of New York for the costs associated with administering the
September primaries in even numbered election years. It further sets
forth the reimbursable expenses, and the mechanisms through which
counties may apply to the state board of elections for reimbursement.
It sets the reimbursement rate at 100% of the approved expenditures,
and authorizes the state board of elections to promulgate rules and
regulations necessary to fulfill the law.
Under the Federal Military Overseas Voter Empowerment (MOVE) Act,
state are required to set primary elections dates that allow members
of the military and overseas citizens to register and vote with
sufficient time for their ballots to be sent, delivered, cast,
returned and counted.
To comply with those requirements, New York State was required to hold
separate primaries for federal (Congress and U.S. Senate) elections,
in addition to those for the state and local elections on the November
ballot in 2012, having been granted a waiver for the 2010 elections.
With the 2014 elections pending, U.S. District Court Judge Gary Sharpe
(N.D.N.Y.) has ordered, as part of the decision in the matter of The
United States of America v. State of New York, that this year's
primary for federal offices are to be conducted on June 24, 2014.
Should New York State not change the date of the state and local
primary to June 24, 2014, to coincide with the required federal
primary date, the result will be two complete election cycles,
including petitioning, machine set up and programming, election day
voting procedures and canvas and re-canvas processes.
The estimated cost of the second primary, with all expenses included,
would be approximately $50,000,000 to the counties of New York and New
This is an unfunded and unnecessary mandate that not only affects our
counties and New York City, but also impedes the ability of nearly
50,000 New Yorkers, including more than 10,000 active military men and
women, to have their votes properly cast and counted.
Estimated to be approximately $50,000,000
This act shall take effect immediately.