assembly Bill A8792

2017-2018 Legislative Session

Relates to the study of the use of blockchain technology in elections

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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Jan 03, 2018 referred to election law
Nov 27, 2017 referred to election law


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A8792 (ACTIVE) - Details

Law Section:
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2019-2020: A1351
2021-2022: A4332

A8792 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Directs the state board of elections to study and evaluate the use of blockchain technology to protect voter records and election results.

A8792 (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  A S S E M B L Y

                            November 27, 2017

Introduced  by M. of A. VANEL -- read once and referred to the Committee
  on Election Law

AN ACT directing the study  of  the  use  of  blockchain  technology  to
  protect voter records and election results


  Section 1. a. The state board of elections, in consultation with,  and
using  data collected by, the office of information technology services,
shall study and evaluate the use of  blockchain  technology  to  protect
voter records and election results.
  b.  For  purposes  of  this  act,  "blockchain  technology" shall mean
distributed ledger technology that uses  a  distributed,  decentralized,
shared  and  replicated  ledger, which may be public or private, permis-
sioned or permissionless, or driven by  tokenized  crypto  economics  or
tokenless.  The  data  on  the ledger is protected with cryptography, is
immutable and auditable and provides an uncensored truth.
  § 2. No later than one year after the effective date of this act,  the
state  board  of elections shall submit to the governor and the legisla-
ture a report on the use of blockchain technology,  as  described  under
subdivision  a of section one of this act. Such board shall consider the
use of blockchain technology in other formats and in other  states  when
creating such report.
  §  3.  The  state board of elections shall evaluate such data with the
assistance of experts in:
  a. blockchain technology;
  b. voter fraud;
  c. cyber security;
  d. voter records; and
  e. election results.
  § 4. This act shall take effect immediately.

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