senate Bill S5825

2017-2018 Legislative Session

Relates to requiring voting materials to be provided in Russian

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Jan 03, 2018 referred to elections
May 02, 2017 referred to elections

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S5825 (ACTIVE) - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A3675
Current Committee:
Senate Elections
Law Section:
Election Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §3-506, El L
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: A10609
2013-2014: A3456
2015-2016: S6997, A1361
2019-2020: A3448

S5825 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Relates to requiring voting materials to be provided in Russian.

S5825 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

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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