|Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
|Jun 04, 2018||reported and committed to rules|
|Jan 03, 2018||referred to elections|
|Jun 21, 2017||committed to rules|
|May 03, 2017||advanced to third reading|
|May 02, 2017||2nd report cal.|
|May 01, 2017||1st report cal.683|
|Mar 01, 2017||referred to elections|
senate Bill S4786
Archive: Last Bill Status - In Senate Committee Rules Committee
- In Committee
- On Floor Calendar
- Passed Senate
- Passed Assembly
- Delivered to Governor
- Signed/Vetoed by Governor
S4786 (ACTIVE) - Details
S4786 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo
BILL NUMBER: S4786 TITLE OF BILL : An act to amend the election law and the education law, in relation to making absentee ballots available in Braille and large-print PURPOSE : To allow blind or visually impaired individuals access to absentee ballots printed in Braille and large-print. SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS : Section 1 adds a new section 7-107 to the election law requiring that absentee ballots printed in Braille and large-print be made available upon the request of any registered voter who is blind or visually impaired and that persons wishing to receive such ballots must give notice to the board of elections no less than 30 days prior to each election day. This section also gives the state board of elections (SBOE) the task of promulgating rules for the preparation, distribution, casting and canvassing of such ballots; directs that such rules be developed in consultation with state disability advocacy groups; defines Braille and large-print for the purposes of this section; and provides proof reading standards for the ballots. In addition, the state Board of Elections will reimburse the county Board of Elections for the production costs of the ballots.
S4786 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf
S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K ________________________________________________________________________ 4786 2017-2018 Regular Sessions I N S E N A T E March 1, 2017 ___________ Introduced by Sens. GRIFFO, DILAN, KRUEGER -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Elections AN ACT to amend the election law and the education law, in relation to making absentee ballots available in Braille and large-print THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The election law is amended by adding a new section 7-107 to read as follows: § 7-107. ABSENTEE BALLOTS IN BRAILLE AND LARGE-PRINT TO BE MADE AVAIL- ABLE. 1. ABSENTEE BALLOTS PRINTED IN BRAILLE AND LARGE-PRINT SHALL BE MADE AVAILABLE UPON THE REQUEST OF ANY REGISTERED VOTER WHO IS BLIND OR VISUALLY IMPAIRED. PERSONS WISHING TO RECEIVE BRAILLE OR LARGE-PRINT ABSENTEE BALLOTS MUST GIVE NOTICE THEREOF TO THE BOARD OF ELECTIONS NO LESS THAN THIRTY DAYS PRIOR TO EACH ELECTION DAY TO ENABLE THE BOARD TO PREPARE AND DISTRIBUTE SUCH BALLOTS. 2. THE STATE BOARD OF ELECTIONS SHALL PROMULGATE RULES FOR THE PREPA- RATION, DISTRIBUTION, CASTING, AND CANVASS OF BRAILLE AND LARGE-PRINT ABSENTEE BALLOTS. THE STATE BOARD OF ELECTIONS SHALL DEVELOP THE INITIAL FORMAT FOR BOTH BRAILLE AND LARGE-PRINT BALLOTS IN CONSULTATION WITH AT LEAST THREE NEW YORK STATE ORGANIZATIONS WITH EXPERTISE IN THE FIELD OF ADVOCACY FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES AND SUCH OTHER APPROPRI- ATE PERSONS, GROUPS, ENTITIES OR ORGANIZATIONS AS THE STATE BOARD OF ELECTIONS SHALL DETERMINE. FOR THE PURPOSE OF THIS SECTION, "BRAILLE" REFERS TO GRADE TWO BRAILLE AND "LARGE-PRINT" REFERS TO A FONT OF EIGH- TEEN POINT OR LARGER. UPON THE PRINTING OF A BRAILLE BALLOT, THE BOARD OF ELECTIONS SHALL REQUIRE SUCH BRAILLE BALLOT TO BE PROOFREAD BY A QUALIFIED BRAILLE READER. THE STATE BOARD OF ELECTIONS SHALL ESTABLISH THE MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS FOR A BRAILLE BALLOT PROOFREADER IN CONSULTA- TION WITH AT LEAST THREE NEW YORK STATE ORGANIZATIONS WITH EXPERTISE IN THE FIELD OF ADVOCACY FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES AND SUCH OTHER APPRO- EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted.
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