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Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
|Jan 03, 2018||referred to elections|
|May 11, 2017||referred to elections|
senate Bill S6164
Archive: Last Bill Status - In Senate Committee Elections Committee
- In Committee
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- Passed Senate
- Passed Assembly
- Delivered to Governor
- Signed/Vetoed by Governor
S6164 (ACTIVE) - Details
S6164 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo
BILL NUMBER: S6164 TITLE OF BILL : An act to amend the election law, in relation to pre-clearance of voting-related regulations and policies PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL : The purpose of this bill is to ensure that the right of citizens to vote is not denied because of race, color or language. SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS : Section 1 of the bill adds a new § 8-600 to the election law to establish a pre clearance process wherein the implementation of any changes relating qualifications for voting, prerequisites to voting or any regulations, policies, practices, or procedures with regard to voting in a county in which at least 10% of the population consists of a protected class, or in a county which has been the subject of an action related to discriminatory practice in the preceding 10 years, or in a county that was previously subject to the pre clearance process under section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, must first be submitted to the Attorney General for review and approval. JUSTIFICATION :
S6164 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf
S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K ________________________________________________________________________ 6164 2017-2018 Regular Sessions I N S E N A T E May 11, 2017 ___________ Introduced by Sen. HAMILTON -- 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 pre-clearance of voting-related regulations and policies THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Article 8 of the election law is amended by adding a new title 6 to read as follows: TITLE VI PRE-CLEARANCE SECTION 8-600. PRE-CLEARANCE. § 8-600. PRE-CLEARANCE. 1. TO ENSURE THAT THE RIGHT OF CITIZENS WHO RESIDE IN NEW YORK TO VOTE IS NOT DENIED OR ABRIDGED ON ACCOUNT OF RACE, COLOR, OR LANGUAGE MINORITY STATUS THROUGH THE ENFORCEMENT OF A VOTING- RELATED REGULATION, PROCEDURE OR POLICY THAT IS ENACTED OR ADMINISTERED AFTER THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THIS SECTION, THE FOLLOWING VOTING-RELATED REGULATIONS, AND POLICIES SHALL BE SUBJECT TO PRE-CLEARANCE BY THE ATTORNEY GENERAL PURSUANT TO THIS TITLE. 2. BEFORE THE STATE BOARD OF ELECTIONS OR ANY LOCAL BOARD OF ELECTIONS ENACTS OR IMPLEMENTS ANY CHANGES IN VOTING QUALIFICATION, PREREQUISITES TO VOTING, ADMINISTRATION, REGULATIONS, POLICIES, PRACTICES OR PROCE- DURES WITH RESPECT TO VOTING AFFECTING: (A) A COUNTY WITH A POPULATION COMPRISED, IN THE AGGREGATE, OF AT LEAST TEN PERCENT OF MEMBERS OF A PROTECTED CLASS OVER THE PRECEDING DECADE, AS DETERMINED BY THE FIVE- YEAR ESTIMATES OF THE UNITED STATES CENSUS AMERICAN COMMUNITY SURVEY, (B) A COUNTY WHICH HAS BEEN SUBJECT TO A COURT ORDER OR GOVERNMENT ENFORCEMENT ACTION BASED UPON A FINDING OF A DISCRIMINATORY PRACTICE, DENIAL OR ABRIDGMENT OF THE RIGHT TO VOTE OF A MEMBER OF THE PROTECTED CLASS WITHIN THE PAST TEN YEARS, OR (C) A COUNTY THAT WAS PREVIOUSLY SUBJECT TO PRE-CLEARANCE UNDER SECTION 5 OF THE VOTING RIGHTS ACT OF 1965 AND HAS NOT BEEN GRANTED A DECREE GRANTING EXEMPTION FROM SUCH EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted.
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