senate Bill S7538

2017-2018 Legislative Session

Enacts the voter friendly ballot act; repealer

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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
May 03, 2018 print number 7538a
May 03, 2018 amend and recommit to elections
Jan 22, 2018 referred to elections

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S7538 - Details

Current Committee:
Senate Elections
Law Section:
Election Law
Laws Affected:
Rpld §7-108, amd El L, generally
Versions Introduced in 2019-2020 Legislative Session:
S2300

S7538 - Summary

Enacts the voter friendly ballot act; relates to the form of the ballot for elections; removes additional provisions for primary elections for New York city.

S7538 - Sponsor Memo

S7538 - Bill Text download pdf


                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                  7538

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 22, 2018
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sens.  KAVANAGH,  ADDABBO,  ALCANTARA, AVELLA, KAMINSKY,
  PARKER, PERALTA, RIVERA -- 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 enacting the voter
  friendly ballot act; and to repeal section 7-108 of such law  relating
  to the form of ballots

  THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section 1. Short title.  This act shall be known and may be  cited  as
the "voter friendly ballot act".
  §  2.  Paragraph  a  of subdivision 3 of section 7-102 of the election
law, as added by chapter 371 of the laws of 1990, is amended to read  as
follows:
  a.  In  the event that a candidate in a primary election believes that
the name of another candidate for the same office or  position  at  such
election is sufficiently similar to his OR HERS so as to cause confusion
among the voters, such candidate may, not later than five days after the
last day to file the certificates or petitions of designation, file with
the  board  of  elections  with  which such certificates or petitions of
designation are filed, a request that such board determine that  such  a
sufficient similarity exists.
  §  3.  Section 7-104 of the election law, as amended by chapter 165 of
the laws of 2010, is amended to read as follows:
  § 7-104. Ballots; form of[, voting machine]. 1. All ballots  shall  be
printed  and/or  displayed  in a format and arrangement, of such uniform
size and style as will fit the ballot [frame], and shall be in as  plain
and  clear  a type or display as the space will reasonably permit, USING
ONLY SANS SERIF PRINT FONTS. Such type or display on  the  ballot  shall
satisfy all requirements and standards set forth pursuant to the federal
Help America Vote Act.
  2.  The names of parties or independent bodies which contain more than
fifteen letters may, whenever limitations of space so require, be print-
ed on the ballot in an abbreviated form. In printing the names of candi-
dates whose full names contain  more  than  fifteen  letters,  only  the

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets

Co-Sponsors

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S7538A (ACTIVE) - Details

Current Committee:
Senate Elections
Law Section:
Election Law
Laws Affected:
Rpld §7-108, amd El L, generally
Versions Introduced in 2019-2020 Legislative Session:
S2300

S7538A (ACTIVE) - Summary

Enacts the voter friendly ballot act; relates to the form of the ballot for elections; removes additional provisions for primary elections for New York city.

S7538A (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S7538A (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf


                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                 7538--A

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 22, 2018
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sens.  KAVANAGH,  ADDABBO,  ALCANTARA, AVELLA, HAMILTON,
  HOYLMAN, KAMINSKY, PARKER, PERALTA, RIVERA -- read twice  and  ordered
  printed,  and  when  printed  to  be  committed  to  the  Committee on
  Elections -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted  as
  amended and recommitted to said committee

AN  ACT  to  amend  the  election law, in relation to enacting the voter
  friendly ballot act; and to repeal section 7-108 of such law  relating
  to the form of ballots

  THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section 1. Short title. This act shall be known and may  be  cited  as
the "voter friendly ballot act".
  §  2.  Paragraph  a  of subdivision 3 of section 7-102 of the election
law, as added by chapter 371 of the laws of 1990, is amended to read  as
follows:
  a.  In  the event that a candidate in a primary election believes that
the name of another candidate for the same office or  position  at  such
election is sufficiently similar to his OR HERS so as to cause confusion
among the voters, such candidate may, not later than five days after the
last day to file the certificates or petitions of designation, file with
the  board  of  elections  with  which such certificates or petitions of
designation are filed, a request that such board determine that  such  a
sufficient similarity exists.
  §  3.  Section 7-104 of the election law, as amended by chapter 165 of
the laws of 2010, is amended to read as follows:
  § 7-104. Ballots; form of[, voting machine]. 1. All ballots  shall  be
printed  and/or  displayed  in a format and arrangement, of such uniform
size and style as will fit the ballot [frame], and shall be in as  plain
and  clear  a type or display as the space will reasonably permit, USING
ONLY SANS SERIF PRINT FONTS. Such type or display on  the  ballot  shall
satisfy all requirements and standards set forth pursuant to the federal
Help America Vote Act.
  2.  The names of parties or independent bodies which contain more than
fifteen letters may, whenever limitations of space so require, be print-

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets

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