senate Bill S6789

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Prohibits the use of pasters, stickers and labels on ballots; repealer

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Mar 11, 2014 referred to elections

S6789 - Bill Details

Current Committee:
Senate Elections
Law Section:
Election Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §§8-308 & 17-134, rpld §7-126, El L

S6789 - Bill Texts

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Prohibits the use of pasters, stickers and labels on ballots.

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BILL NUMBER:S6789

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the election law, in relation to prohib-
iting the use of pasters, stickers and labels on ballots; and to repeal
section 7-126 of the election law relating to the use of pasters

PURPOSE: To prohibit the use of pasters, stickers and labels on ballots

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section 1 amends subdivision 4 of section 8-308 of the Election Law to
prohibit the use of stickers, labels or pasters on a ballot.

Section 2 amends section 17-134 of the Election Law adds stickers and
labels to such section entitled "Unlawful Use of Pasters".

Section 3 repeals section 7-126 of the Election Law.

JUSTIFICATION: The use of stickers, labels or pasters can negatively
affect a voting system's ability to accurately count votes, as such
systems are calibrated to accept a specific ballot thickness, which
increases with the inclusion of any such applications. Further, the
adhesive used on stickers, labels and pastels can negatively impact the
accuracy of a scanner, and when heated through the normal running of a
scanner, can cause such items to become unattached, reaffixed to the
ballots, or create situations where subsequent ballots may not be
accepted by the scanner or read by the scanner. Any of these scenarios
can result in the disenfranchisement of voters and inaccuracies in vote
counts, all of which can be avoided by the prohibition of stickers,
labels or pasters. This bill is updating the Election Law as to the
current practice of Boards of Elections and the inapplicablility of
stickers, labels and pasters now that paper ballots, rather than lever
machines, are in use.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: This is a new bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.

EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediately.

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

                                  6789

                            I N  S E N A T E

                             March 11, 2014
                               ___________

Introduced by Sen. MARCHIONE -- 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 use of
  pasters, stickers and labels on ballots; and to repeal  section  7-126
  of the election law relating to the use of pasters

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

  Section 1. Subdivision 4 of section 8-308  of  the  election  law,  as
added by chapter 156 of the laws of 1994, is amended to read as follows:
  4. A write-in ballot may also be cast by the use of a name stamp.  THE
USE OF NAME STICKERS, LABELS OR PASTERS IS PROHIBITED.
  S 2. Section 17-134 of the election law is amended to read as follows:
  S 17-134. Unlawful use of pasters. An election officer or other person
who  uses  a  paster,  STICKER  OR LABEL upon an official ballot, at any
election, [except as authorized and in the manner provided by this chap-
ter,] is guilty of a felony.
  S 3. Section 7-126 of the election law is REPEALED.
  S 4. This act shall take effect immediately.






 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD14114-02-4

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