senate Bill S1659

2017-2018 Legislative Session

Allows absentee voting for persons unable to vote due to duties, occupation, business, personal matters or studies

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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Jan 03, 2018 referred to elections
Jan 10, 2017 referred to elections

S1659 (ACTIVE) - Details

Current Committee:
Senate Elections
Law Section:
Election Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §8-400, El L
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2009-2010: S1835
2011-2012: S544
2013-2014: S2252, S6534
2015-2016: S873
2019-2020: S145

S1659 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Allows absentee voting for persons unable to vote due to duties, occupation, business, personal matters or studies; no agent may collect more than 15 ballots except with approval of two inspectors representing different political parties.

S1659 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S1659 (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 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-


  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

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


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