assembly Bill A5506

2017-2018 Legislative Session

Directs the Queens county board of elections to provide language assistance in Bengali, Punjabi and Hindi

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Jun 06, 2018 held for consideration in election law
Jan 03, 2018 referred to election law
Feb 09, 2017 referred to election law

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A5506 (ACTIVE) - Details

See Senate Version of this Bill:
S3869
Law Section:
Election Law
Laws Affected:
Add §3-508, El L
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: A9956, S7402
2013-2014: A1005, S625
2015-2016: A3074, S6772
2019-2020: A4202, S2789
2021-2022: S3441

A5506 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Directs the Queens county board of elections to provide language assistance in Bengali, Punjabi and Hindi.

A5506 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf


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

                                  5506

                       2017-2018 Regular Sessions

                          I N  A S S E M B L Y

                            February 9, 2017
                               ___________

Introduced   by   M.  of  A.  WEPRIN,  KIM,  ROZIC,  SEPULVEDA,  COLTON,
  M. G. MILLER, RIVERA, MOYA -- Multi-Sponsored by -- M.  of  A.  BRAUN-
  STEIN,  CRESPO,  DenDEKKER,  MOSLEY,  PERRY,  TITUS  --  read once and
  referred to the Committee on Election Law

AN ACT to amend the election law, in relation to  directing  the  Queens
  county  board  of elections to provide language assistance in Bengali,
  Punjabi and Hindi

  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 3-508
to read as follows:
  § 3-508. QUEENS COUNTY BOARD OF ELECTIONS; VOTING MATERIALS IN  BENGA-
LI,  PUNJABI  AND  HINDI.  THE  QUEENS  COUNTY  BOARD OF ELECTIONS SHALL
PROVIDE WRITTEN LANGUAGE ASSISTANCE IN THE BENGALI,  PUNJABI  AND  HINDI
LANGUAGES PURSUANT TO SECTION TWO HUNDRED THREE OF THE VOTING RIGHTS ACT
OF  NINETEEN  HUNDRED  SIXTY-FIVE  (42  U.S.C. 1973AA-1A). SUCH LANGUAGE
ASSISTANCE SHALL INCLUDE, BUT NOT BE LIMITED TO, BALLOTS,  SIGNS,  VOTER
MAILINGS,  EMPLOYEE  AND VOLUNTEER TRAINING MATERIALS AND INFORMATION ON
SUCH BOARD'S WEBSITE. IT SHALL ALSO PRODUCE AND DISSEMINATE COUNTYWIDE A
BOOKLET THAT INCLUDES: (A) A VOTER REGISTRATION  FORM  IN  ENGLISH  WITH
INSTRUCTIONS IN BENGALI, PUNJABI AND HINDI; (B) INSTRUCTIONS IN BENGALI,
PUNJABI  AND  HINDI  REGARDING  THE CRITERIA AND APPLICATION PROCESS FOR
OBTAINING AN ABSENTEE BALLOT; AND  (C)  A  SECTION  WITH  GENERAL  VOTER
INFORMATION  IN  BENGALI,  PUNJABI  AND HINDI INCLUDING FREQUENTLY ASKED
QUESTIONS. SUCH BOARD MAY INCLUDE OTHER LANGUAGES ON ITS WEBSITE AND  IN
SUCH BOOKLET.
  § 2. This act shall take effect on the one hundred twentieth day after
it  shall have become a law. Effective immediately, the addition, amend-
ment and/or repeal of any rules or regulations necessary for the  imple-
mentation of this act on its effective date are authorized to be made on
or before such date.

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