senate Bill S1265

2017-2018 Legislative Session

Eliminates requirement that affidavits subscribed by voters contain the address where he or she was previously registered and substantially comply with a form prescribed by state board of elections

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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Jan 03, 2018 referred to elections
Jan 09, 2017 referred to elections


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S1265 (ACTIVE) - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
Current Committee:
Senate Elections
Law Section:
Election Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §8-302, El L
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2013-2014: S4270, A6817
2015-2016: S4426, A2098
2019-2020: S3045, A1320

S1265 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Eliminates requirement that affidavits subscribed by voters contain the address where he or she was previously registered and requires that such affidavits substantially comply with a form prescribed by the state board of elections.

S1265 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S1265 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

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


                       2017-2018 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                             January 9, 2017

Introduced  by  Sens. COMRIE, KENNEDY, PERKINS, RIVERA, 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 voter affidavits


  Section 1. Subparagraph (ii) of paragraph  (e)  of  subdivision  3  of
section 8-302 of the election law, as amended by chapter 164 of the laws
of 2010, is amended to read as follows:
  (ii) He or she may swear to and subscribe an affidavit stating that he
or  she  has  duly  registered  to  vote,  the  address in such election
district from which he or she registered, that he or she remains a  duly
qualified  voter in such election district, that his or her registration
poll record appears to be lost or misplaced or  that  his  or  her  name
and/or  his  or  her  signature  was omitted from the computer generated
registration list or that he or she has moved within the county or  city
since  he  or she last registered, [the address from which he or she was
previously registered and] the address at  which  he  or  she  currently
resides,  and  at  a  primary  election, the party in which he or she is
enrolled. The inspectors of election shall offer such  an  affidavit  to
each  such  voter  whose residence address is in such election district.
Each such affidavit shall SUBSTANTIALLY COMPLY WITH AND  be  in  a  form
prescribed  by  the  state  board  of  elections, shall be printed on an
envelope of the size and quality used for an absentee  ballot  envelope,
and  shall  contain  an acknowledgment that the affiant understands that
any false statement made therein is perjury punishable according to law.
Such form prescribed by the  state  board  of  elections  shall  request
information  required  to  register  such  voter should the county board
determine that such voter is not  registered  and  shall  constitute  an
application  to  register  to  vote.  The  voter's  name and the entries
required shall then be entered without delay and without further inquiry

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


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