senate Bill S7585

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Relates to voting rights

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May 15, 2014 referred to elections

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S7585 - Details

Law Section:
Election Law
Laws Affected:
Add §§5-108, 17-133, 17-135 & Art 8 Title 6 §8-600, El L

S7585 - Summary

Relates to voting rights including voter protection, voter's bill of rights, illegal voter supression and intimidation, vote dilution, and preclearance.

S7585 - Sponsor Memo

S7585 - Bill Text download pdf

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

                                  7585

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              May 15, 2014
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  PARKER -- 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 voting rights

  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 5-108
to read as follows:
  S 5-108. VOTER PROTECTION.
  1. THE TERMS USED IN THIS SECTION SHALL HAVE THE FOLLOWING MEANINGS:
  A. THE TERM "BOARD" SHALL MEAN THE STATE BOARD OF  ELECTIONS  PROVIDED
FOR BY SECTION 13-100 OF THIS CHAPTER;
  B. THE TERM "ELECTION" SHALL MEAN ANY FEDERAL, STATE OR LOCAL ELECTION
HELD IN THE STATE;
  C.  THE  TERM  "COUNTY BOARD OF  ELECTIONS" SHALL HAVE THE MEANING SET
FORTH IN SECTION 1-104 OF THIS CHAPTER;
  D. THE TERM "ELECTION OFFICER" SHALL HAVE THE  MEANING  SET  FORTH  IN
SECTION 1-104 OF THIS CHAPTER;
  2.  A  PERSON  IS  GUILTY  OF  VOTER INTIMIDATION IF HE OR SHE USES OR
THREATENS FORCE, VIOLENCE OR ANY TACTIC OF COERCION OR  INTIMIDATION  TO
INDUCE OR COMPEL ANY OTHER PERSON TO:
  A. VOTE OR REFRAIN FROM VOTING;
  B.  VOTE OR REFRAIN FROM VOTING FOR ANY PARTICULAR CANDIDATE OR BALLOT
MEASURE; OR
  C. REFRAIN FROM REGISTERING TO VOTE.
  3. A PERSON IS GUILTY OF VOTER SUPPRESSION  IF  HE  OR  SHE  KNOWINGLY
ATTEMPTS  TO PREVENT OR DETER ANOTHER PERSON  FROM VOTING OR REGISTERING
TO VOTE BASED ON FRAUDULENT, DECEPTIVE OR SPURIOUS GROUNDS  OR  INFORMA-
TION. VOTER SUPPRESSION INCLUDES:
  A.  CHALLENGING  ANOTHER  PERSON'S  RIGHT TO REGISTER OR VOTE BASED ON
KNOWINGLY FALSE INFORMATION;
  B. ATTEMPTING TO INDUCE ANOTHER PERSON TO REFRAIN FROM REGISTERING  OR
VOTING BY PROVIDING THAT PERSON WITH KNOWINGLY FALSE INFORMATION; OR
  C.  ATTEMPTING TO INDUCE ANOTHER PERSON TO REFRAIN FROM REGISTERING OR
VOTING AT THE PROPER PLACE OR TIME BY PROVIDING THAT PERSON  WITH  KNOW-

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

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