senate Bill S5646

2017-2018 Legislative Session

Relates to the qualifications of voters and civic education of students

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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Jan 03, 2018 referred to elections
Apr 24, 2017 referred to elections


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S5646 (ACTIVE) - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
Current Committee:
Senate Elections
Law Section:
Election Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §§5-102, 5-210 & 8-504, El L; amd §801, Ed L
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2019-2020: S2273, A3339
2021-2022: S366, A635

S5646 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Lowers the voting age to 17 years and requires that students receive education in civics and be given the opportunity to register to vote in the classroom.

S5646 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S5646 (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

                             April 24, 2017

Introduced  by  Sen. HOYLMAN -- 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  qualifications  of
  voters; and to amend the education law, in relation to civic education
  and student voter registration


  Section 1. Subdivision 1 of section  5-102  of  the  election  law  is
amended to read as follows:
  1.  No  person  shall  be  qualified  to  register for and vote at any
election unless [he] SUCH PERSON is a citizen of the United  States  and
is  or  will be, on the day of such election, [eighteen] SEVENTEEN years
of age or over, and a resident of this state and of the county, city  or
village for a minimum of thirty days next preceding such election.
  §  2.  Paragraph (g) of subdivision 5 of section 5-210 of the election
law, as amended by chapter 179 of the laws of 2005, is amended  to  read
as follows:
  (g)  Notice that the applicant must be a citizen of the United States,
is or will be at least [eighteen] SEVENTEEN years  old  not  later  than
December  thirty-first of the calendar year in which he or she registers
and a resident of the county or city to which application is made.
  § 3. Subdivision 3 of section 8-504 of the election law, as renumbered
by chapter 373 of the laws of 1978, is amended to read as follows:
  3. After receiving the answers as above specified, of  any  applicant,
the  board  shall,  if  it believes the applicant to be qualified or the
challenge is withdrawn, permit him OR HER to vote. Otherwise, the  board
shall  point out to him OR HER the qualifications, if any, in respect of
which he OR SHE shall appear deficient. If, after such deficiencies have
been so indicated, the applicant shall persist in his OR  HER  claim  to
vote,  an  inspector  shall administer to him OR HER the following oath,
which shall be known as "The Qualification  Oath":  "You  do  swear  (or

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


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