assembly Bill A8985

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Establishes an open primary system for all state and congressional elections

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Mar 21, 2014 opinion referred to judiciary
Mar 07, 2014 to attorney-general for opinion
Mar 06, 2014 referred to election law

A8985 - Details

Law Section:
Constitution, Concurrent Resolutions to Amend
Laws Affected:
Add Art 2 ยง10, Constn

A8985 - Summary

Establishes an open primary system for all state and congressional elections.

A8985 - Bill Text download pdf

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

                                  8985

                          I N  A S S E M B L Y

                              March 6, 2014
                               ___________

Introduced by M. of A. THIELE -- read once and referred to the Committee
  on Election Law

            CONCURRENT RESOLUTION OF THE SENATE AND ASSEMBLY

proposing  an amendment to article 2 of the constitution, in relation to
  the establishment of an open primary system for all state and congres-
  sional elections

  Section 1. Resolved (if the Senate concur),  That  article  2  of  the
constitution be amended by adding a new section 10 to read as follows:
  S  10.  (A)  A VOTER-NOMINATION PRIMARY ELECTION SHALL BE CONDUCTED TO
SELECT THE CANDIDATES FOR CONGRESSIONAL AND STATE ELECTIVE OFFICES.  ALL
VOTERS MAY VOTE AT A VOTER-NOMINATED PRIMARY ELECTION FOR ANY  CANDIDATE
FOR  CONGRESSIONAL AND STATE ELECTIVE OFFICE WITHOUT REGARD TO THE POLI-
TICAL PARTY PREFERENCE DISCLOSED BY THE CANDIDATE OR THE VOTER, PROVIDED
THAT THE VOTER IS OTHERWISE QUALIFIED TO VOTE  FOR  CANDIDATES  FOR  THE
OFFICE IN QUESTION. THE CANDIDATES WHO ARE THE TOP TWO VOTE-GETTERS AT A
VOTER-NOMINATED  PRIMARY  ELECTION FOR A CONGRESSIONAL OR STATE ELECTIVE
OFFICE SHALL, REGARDLESS OF PARTY PREFERENCE,  COMPETE  IN  THE  ENSUING
GENERAL ELECTION.
  (B)  THE  LEGISLATURE  SHALL PROVIDE THAT CANDIDATES FOR SUCH CONGRES-
SIONAL AND STATE OFFICES SHALL BE PLACED ON THE BALLOT  FOR  VOTER-NOMI-
NATED  PRIMARY ELECTION BY PETITION IN THE MANNER PROVIDED BY STATUTE. A
CANDIDATE FOR A CONGRESSIONAL OR STATE ELECTIVE OFFICE MAY HAVE  HIS  OR
HER  POLITICAL  PARTY PREFERENCE, OR LACK OF POLITICAL PARTY PREFERENCE,
INDICATED UPON THE BALLOT FOR THE OFFICE IN THE MANNER PROVIDED BY STAT-
UTE. A POLITICAL PARTY OR PARTY COMMITTEE SHALL NOT NOMINATE A CANDIDATE
FOR ANY CONGRESSIONAL OR STATE ELECTIVE OFFICE  AT  THE  VOTER-NOMINATED
PRIMARY.  THIS  SUBDIVISION SHALL NOT BE INTERPRETED TO PROHIBIT A POLI-
TICAL PARTY OF PARTY COMMITTEE FROM ENDORSING, SUPPORTING,  OR  OPPOSING
ANY CANDIDATE FOR A CONGRESSIONAL OR STATE ELECTIVE OFFICE.  A POLITICAL
PARTY  OR PARTY COMMITTEE SHALL NOT HAVE THE RIGHT TO HAVE ITS PREFERRED
CANDIDATE PARTICIPATE IN THE  GENERAL  ELECTION  FOR  A  VOTER-NOMINATED
OFFICE OTHER THAN A CANDIDATE WHO IS ONE OF THE TWO HIGHEST VOTE-GETTERS
AT THE PRIMARY ELECTION, AS PROVIDED IN SUBDIVISION (A).
  (C) THE LEGISLATURE SHALL PROVIDE FOR PARTISAN ELECTIONS FOR PRESIDEN-
TIAL  CANDIDATES, AND POLITICAL PARTY AND PARTY COMMITTEES, INCLUDING AN

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets

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