senate Bill S3686

2017-2018 Legislative Session

Requires the use of a simple and easy to read typeface on paper ballots

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Current Bill Status - In Senate Elections Committee


  • Introduced
  • In Committee
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    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
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Jan 03, 2018 referred to elections
Jan 25, 2017 referred to elections

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S3686 - Details

Law Section:
Election Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง7-106, El L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Sessions:
2015-2016: S2841
2013-2014: S1928
2011-2012: S609A

S3686 - Summary

Requires the use of a simple and easy to read typeface on paper ballots.

S3686 - Sponsor Memo

S3686 - Bill Text download pdf

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

                                  3686

                       2017-2018 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 25, 2017
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sens.  ADDABBO, AVELLA, HOYLMAN, KRUEGER, PARKER -- 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 the typeface to be used
  on paper ballots

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

  Section 1. Subdivision 2 of section  7-106  of  the  election  law  is
amended and a new subdivision 2-a is added to read as follows:
  2. All paper ballots of the same kind for the same polling place shall
be  identical.  A  different, but in each case uniform style and size of
SIMPLE AND EASY TO READ type, SUCH AS ARIAL OR UNIVERS,  shall  be  used
for  printing  the names of candidates, the titles of offices, political
designations, and the reading form of all questions submitted. The names
of candidates shall be printed in INITIAL capital FOLLOWED BY LOWER CASE
letters  [in  black-faced]  OF  NOT  LESS   THAN   TWELVE   POINT   BOLD
(BLACK-FACED) type.
  2-A.  THE  NEW  YORK  STATE,  NEW  YORK CITY, AND THE COUNTY BOARDS OF
ELECTIONS FOR THE COUNTIES OF  NASSAU,  SUFFOLK,  WESTCHESTER  AND  ERIE
SHALL  AT  ALL  TIMES  HAVE ONE FULL TIME EMPLOYEE ON STAFF WHO IS FULLY
TRAINED IN EFFECTIVE BALLOT DESIGN AND BALLOT USABILITY.  SUCH  EMPLOYEE
OF  THE  STATE BOARD SHALL BE AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST TO ADVISE ALL COUN-
TIES ON THE PROPOSED DESIGN AND  USABILITY  OF  THEIR  BALLOTS  FOR  ALL
PRIMARY, GENERAL AND SPECIAL ELECTIONS.
  S  2. This act shall take effect on the first of January next succeed-
ing the date on which it shall have become a law.


 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD07267-01-7

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