assembly Bill A7309A

2017-2018 Legislative Session

Establishes an open primary system for all state and congressional elections

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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Jan 31, 2018 opinion referred to judiciary
Jan 08, 2018 to attorney-general for opinion
Jan 03, 2018 referred to election law
Jul 31, 2017 print number 7309a
Jul 31, 2017 amend and recommit to election law
May 16, 2017 opinion referred to judiciary
Apr 24, 2017 to attorney-general for opinion
Apr 21, 2017 referred to election law

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A7309 - Details

Current Committee:
Assembly Judiciary
Law Section:
Constitution, Concurrent Resolutions to Amend
Laws Affected:
Add Art 2 §10, Constn
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2013-2014: A8985
2015-2016: A7379
2019-2020: A7934

A7309 - Summary

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

A7309 - Bill Text download pdf


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

                                  7309

                       2017-2018 Regular Sessions

                          I N  A S S E M B L Y

                             April 21, 2017
                               ___________

Introduced  by  M. of A. THIELE, KEARNS -- 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:
  § 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

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

A7309A (ACTIVE) - Details

Current Committee:
Assembly Judiciary
Law Section:
Constitution, Concurrent Resolutions to Amend
Laws Affected:
Add Art 2 §10, Constn
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2013-2014: A8985
2015-2016: A7379
2019-2020: A7934

A7309A (ACTIVE) - Summary

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

A7309A (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf


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

                                 7309--A

                       2017-2018 Regular Sessions

                          I N  A S S E M B L Y

                             April 21, 2017
                               ___________

Introduced  by  M. of A. THIELE, KEARNS -- read once and referred to the
  Committee on Election  Law  --  committee  discharged,  bill  amended,
  ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee

            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:
  §  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

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

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