senate Bill S2952

2017-2018 Legislative Session

Prohibits deceptive practices and the suppression of voters, and increases penalties for violations of the elective franchise

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Actions

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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Jan 03, 2018 referred to elections
May 01, 2017 reported and committed to codes
Mar 13, 2017 notice of committee consideration - requested
Jan 18, 2017 referred to elections

Votes

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May 1, 2017 - Elections committee Vote

S2952
4
0
committee
4
Aye
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Nay
5
Aye with Reservations
0
Absent
0
Excused
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Abstained
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Elections Committee Vote: May 1, 2017

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S2952 (ACTIVE) - Details

Current Committee:
Senate Elections
Law Section:
Election Law
Laws Affected:
Add §§17-151 & 17-153, amd §17-166, El L
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2009-2010: S2554
2011-2012: S1009
2013-2014: S676
2015-2016: S2352
2019-2020: S5758

S2952 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Makes the suppression of voters a civil violation.

S2952 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S2952 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf


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

                                  2952

                       2017-2018 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 18, 2017
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sens.  STEWART-COUSINS,  BRESLIN,  BROOKS, COMRIE, DIAZ,
  HOYLMAN, PERKINS, 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  prohibiting  the
  suppression of voters

  THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section 1.  This act shall be known and may be cited as the "deceptive
practices and voter suppression prevention act".
  § 2. The election law is amended by adding a  new  section  17-151  to
read as follows:
  §  17-151.  DECEPTIVE PRACTICES.   1. ANY PERSON, POLITICAL COMMITTEE,
LABOR ORGANIZATION, CORPORATION, OR OTHER ENTITY, WHETHER  ACTING  UNDER
COLOR OF LAW OR OTHERWISE, WHO KNOWINGLY COMMUNICATES OR KNOWINGLY CAUS-
ES TO BE COMMUNICATED DECEPTIVE INFORMATION, KNOWING SUCH INFORMATION TO
BE  FALSE  AND,  IN  ACTING  IN THE MANNER DESCRIBED, PREVENTS OR DETERS
ANOTHER PERSON FROM EXERCISING THE RIGHT TO VOTE  IN  ANY  ELECTION,  IS
GUILTY OF A MISDEMEANOR.
  2.  THE  FOLLOWING  DEFINITIONS  ARE  APPLICABLE  TO THIS SECTION: (A)
"DECEPTIVE INFORMATION" MEANS FALSE INFORMATION REGARDING: (I) THE TIME,
PLACE, OR MANNER  OF  ANY  ELECTION;  (II)  THE  QUALIFICATIONS  FOR  OR
RESTRICTIONS ON VOTER ELIGIBILITY FOR ANY ELECTION, INCLUDING ANY PENAL-
TIES  ASSOCIATED  WITH  VOTING  BY  INELIGIBLE VOTERS; (III) INFORMATION
REGARDING A VOTER'S REGISTRATION STATUS  OR  ELIGIBILITY;  OR  (IV)  THE
POLITICAL PARTY AFFILIATION OF ANY CANDIDATE; AND
  (B) "ELECTION" AS USED IN THIS ARTICLE SHALL BE DEEMED TO APPLY TO AND
INCLUDE  ALL  ELECTIONS  ADMINISTERED  BY  THE STATE OR CITY OF NEW YORK
BOARDS OF ELECTIONS, OR ANY COUNTY BOARD  OF  ELECTIONS,  INCLUDING  ANY
GENERAL,  PRIMARY,  RUN-OFF,  OR SPECIAL ELECTION FOR ANY STATE OR LOCAL
OFFICE OR BALLOT PROPOSITION.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD02753-01-7

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