senate Bill S676

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Prohibits deceptive practices and the suppression of voters, and increases penalties for violations of the elective franchise

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Jan 08, 2014 referred to elections
Jan 09, 2013 referred to elections

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S676 - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A2627
Law Section:
Election Law
Laws Affected:
Add §§17-151 & 17-153, amd §17-166, El L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: S1009, A5915
2009-2010: S2554B, A9250A

S676 - Summary

Makes the suppression of voters a civil violation.

S676 - Sponsor Memo

S676 - Bill Text download pdf

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

                                   676

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 9, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sens.  STEWART-COUSINS,  ADAMS,  ADDABBO, BRESLIN, DIAZ,
  HASSELL-THOMPSON, KRUEGER,  MONTGOMERY,  PERKINS,  SAMPSON,  SQUADRON,
  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  prohibiting  the
  suppression of voters

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

  Section 1.  This act shall be known and may be cited as the "deceptive
practices and voter suppression prevention act".
  S 2. The election law is amended by adding a  new  section  17-151  to
read as follows:
  S  17-151.  DECEPTIVE PRACTICES.   1. ANY PERSON, POLITICAL COMMITTEE,
LABOR ORGANIZATION, CORPORATION, OR OTHER ENTITY, WHETHER  ACTING  UNDER
COLOR OF LAW OR OTHERWISE, WHO KNOWINGLY COMMUNICATES OR KNOWINGLY CAUS-
ES TO BE COMMUNICATED DECEPTIVE INFORMATION, KNOWING SUCH INFORMATION TO
BE  FALSE  AND,  IN  ACTING  IN THE MANNER DESCRIBED, PREVENTS OR DETERS
ANOTHER PERSON FROM EXERCISING THE RIGHT TO VOTE  IN  ANY  ELECTION,  IS
GUILTY OF A MISDEMEANOR.
  2.  THE  FOLLOWING  DEFINITIONS  ARE  APPLICABLE  TO THIS SECTION: (A)
"DECEPTIVE INFORMATION" MEANS FALSE INFORMATION REGARDING: (I) THE TIME,
PLACE, OR MANNER  OF  ANY  ELECTION;  (II)  THE  QUALIFICATIONS  FOR  OR
RESTRICTIONS ON VOTER ELIGIBILITY FOR ANY ELECTION, INCLUDING ANY PENAL-
TIES  ASSOCIATED  WITH  VOTING  BY  INELIGIBLE VOTERS; (III) INFORMATION
REGARDING A VOTER'S REGISTRATION STATUS  OR  ELIGIBILITY;  OR  (IV)  THE
POLITICAL PARTY AFFILIATION OF ANY CANDIDATE; AND
  (B) "ELECTION" AS USED IN THIS ARTICLE SHALL BE DEEMED TO APPLY TO AND
INCLUDE  ALL  ELECTIONS  ADMINISTERED  BY  THE STATE OR CITY OF NEW YORK
BOARDS OF ELECTIONS, OR ANY COUNTY BOARD  OF  ELECTIONS,  INCLUDING  ANY

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD02483-01-3

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