senate Bill S2352

2015-2016 Legislative Session

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

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Actions

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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
May 09, 2016 reported and committed to codes
Mar 07, 2016 notice of committee consideration - requested
Jan 06, 2016 referred to elections
Jan 22, 2015 referred to elections

Votes

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May 9, 2016 - Elections committee Vote

S2352
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committee
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Aye
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Nay
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Aye with Reservations
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Absent
1
Excused
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Elections Committee Vote: May 9, 2016

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S2352 (ACTIVE) - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A5841
Current Committee:
Senate Codes
Law Section:
Election Law
Laws Affected:
Add §§17-151 & 17-153, amd §17-166, El L
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2009-2010: S2554, A9250
2011-2012: S1009, A5915
2013-2014: S676, A2627
2017-2018: S2952, A3122
2019-2020: S5758, A7972

S2352 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Makes the suppression of voters a civil violation.

S2352 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S2352 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

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

                                  2352

                       2015-2016 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 22, 2015
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sens. STEWART-COUSINS, BRESLIN, COMRIE, DIAZ, ESPAILLAT,
  HASSELL-THOMPSON, HOYLMAN, PERKINS, SQUADRON -- 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
GENERAL, PRIMARY, RUN-OFF, OR SPECIAL ELECTION FOR ANY  STATE  OR  LOCAL
OFFICE OR BALLOT PROPOSITION.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD02585-01-5

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