Assembly Actions -
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
|Jan 03, 2018
referred to elections
|Jan 10, 2017
referred to elections
Senate Bill S1659
2017-2018 Legislative Session
Archive: Last Bill Status - In Senate Committee Elections Committee
- In Committee Assembly
- On Floor Calendar Assembly
- Passed Assembly
- Delivered to Governor
- Signed By Governor
2017-S1659 (ACTIVE) - Details
2017-S1659 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo
BILL NUMBER: S1659 TITLE OF BILL : An act to amend the election law, in relation to absentee voting qualifications PURPOSE : Allows absentee voting for persons unable to vote due to duties, occupation, business, personal matters or studies. SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS : Section I. Amends subdivision 1 of section 8-400 of the election law and adds a new subdivision 11 to extend absentee voting rights to any individual who for any reason is unable to vote in person; includes the category of "matters" in the list of acceptable reasons for absentee voting; eliminates the requirement that an individual applying for an absentee ballot be required to file a statement regarding the nature and reasons of their absence from the county of his or her residence; provides that no single agent may collect more than fifteen absentee ballots, except upon application and approval of both commissioners. Section 2. Effective date. JUSTIFICATION :
2017-S1659 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf
S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K ________________________________________________________________________ 1659 2017-2018 Regular Sessions I N S E N A T E January 10, 2017 ___________ Introduced by Sen. CARLUCCI -- 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 absentee voting quali- fications THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Subdivision 1 of section 8-400 of the election law, as amended by chapter 63 of the laws of 2010, paragraph (c) as amended by chapter 375 of the laws of 2015, is amended and a new subdivision 11 is added to read as follows: 1. A qualified voter may vote as an absentee voter under this chapter if, on the occurrence of any village election conducted by the board of elections, primary election, special election, general election or New York city community school board district or city of Buffalo school district election, he or she expects to be[: (a) absent from the county of his or her residence, or, if a resident of the city of New York absent from said city; or (b) unable to appear personally at the polling place of the election district in which he or she is a qualified voter because of illness or physical disability or duties related to the primary care of one or more individuals who are ill or physically disabled, or because he or she will be or is a patient in a hospital; or (c) a resident or patient of a veterans health administration hospi- tal; or (d) absent from his or her voting residence because he or she is detained in jail awaiting action by a grand jury or awaiting trial, or confined in jail or prison after a conviction for an offense other than a felony, provided that he or she is qualified to vote in the election district of his or her residence] UNABLE TO VOTE IN PERSON DUE TO DUTIES, OCCUPATION, BUSINESS, PERSONAL MATTERS OR STUDIES. EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD01568-01-7
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