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|Jan 03, 2018||referred to elections|
|May 02, 2017||referred to elections|
senate Bill S5825
Archive: Last Bill Status - In Senate Committee Elections Committee
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S5825 (ACTIVE) - Details
S5825 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo
BILL NUMBER: S5825 TITLE OF BILL : An act to amend the election law, in relation to voting materials in Russian PURPOSE : This bill seeks the same status for Russian that exists for five other languages, aside from English, relating to all election-related information, as required by federal Voting Rights Act, in cities with over one million residents. SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS : Section one states that a board of elections in a city of over one million provide all information that is provided in English about the electoral process, including registration or voting notices, forms, instructions, assistance as well as information provided at the polling place, including voting systems, ballot marking devices and ballots in Russian to the extent needed to allow voters who speak Russian to participate effectively in the electoral process and all voting-connected activities. Further, such board of elections shall also provide the same information in Russian that it provides in languages other than English on its website. Section one also states that such board of elections shall also
S5825 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf
S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K ________________________________________________________________________ 5825 2017-2018 Regular Sessions I N S E N A T E May 2, 2017 ___________ Introduced by Sen. SAVINO -- 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 voting materials in Russian THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 3-506 of the election law, as added by chapter 244 of the laws of 2009, is amended to read as follows: § 3-506. Boards of elections; voting materials in Russian. A board of elections in a city of over one million shall provide [the same informa- tion in Russian that it provides in languages other than English on its website. It] ALL INFORMATION THAT IS PROVIDED BY SUCH A BOARD OF ELECTIONS IN ENGLISH ABOUT THE ELECTORAL PROCESS, INCLUDING REGISTRATION OR VOTING NOTICES, FORMS, INSTRUCTIONS, ASSISTANCE AS WELL AS INFORMA- TION PROVIDED AT THE POLLING PLACE, INCLUDING VOTING SYSTEMS, BALLOT MARKING DEVICES AND BALLOTS IN RUSSIAN TO THE EXTENT NEEDED TO ALLOW VOTERS WHO SPEAK RUSSIAN TO PARTICIPATE EFFECTIVELY IN THE ELECTORAL PROCESS AND ALL VOTING-CONNECTED ACTIVITIES. SUCH BOARD OF ELECTIONS SHALL ALSO PROVIDE THE SAME INFORMATION IN RUSSIAN THAT IT PROVIDES IN LANGUAGES OTHER THAN ENGLISH ON ITS WEBSITE. SUCH BOARD OF ELECTIONS shall also produce and disseminate citywide a booklet that includes: (a) a voter registration form in English with instructions in Russian; (b) instructions in Russian regarding the criteria and application process for obtaining an absentee ballot; and (c) a section with general voter information in Russian including frequently asked questions. Such board may include other languages on its website and in such booklet. § 2. This act shall take effect on the one hundred twentieth day after it shall have become a law. Effective immediately, the addition, amend- ment and/or repeal of any rules or regulations necessary for the imple- mentation of this act on its effective date are authorized to be made on or before such date. EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted.
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