senate Bill S8448

2017-2018 Legislative Session

Relates to allowing photographs of one's self and one's own ballot while voting

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Archive: Last Bill Status - In Senate Committee Elections Committee


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May 08, 2018 referred to elections

S8448 (ACTIVE) - Details

Current Committee:
Senate Elections
Law Section:
Election Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §§8-300 & 17-130, El L

S8448 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Relates to allowing photographs of one's self and one's own ballot while voting, provided that such photographs do not contain any other voter or reveal the contents of any other voter's ballot.

S8448 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S8448 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf


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

                                  8448

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               May 8, 2018
                               ___________

Introduced by Sen. SEPULVEDA -- 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 allowing photographs of
  one's self and one's own ballot while voting

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

  Section 1. Section 8-300 of the election law is amended  by  adding  a
new subdivision 4 to read as follows:
  4.  VOTERS SHALL BE PERMITTED ON THEIR OWN VOLITION, TO PHOTOGRAPH AND
POST ON SOCIAL MEDIA THEIR OWN BALLOT AND THEMSELVES  AT  ANY  STAGE  OF
VOTING,  INCLUDING  WHILE  IN  A  PRIVACY  BOOTH OR AT A BALLOT SCANNER,
PROVIDED THAT SUCH PHOTOGRAPHS DO NOT CONTAIN ANY OTHER VOTER OR  REVEAL
THE CONTENTS OF ANY OTHER VOTER'S BALLOT.
  §  2. Subdivisions 10 and 11 of section 17-130 of the election law are
amended to read as follows:
  10. [Shows his] SOLICITS A VOTER TO SHOW  THEIR  ballot  after  it  is
prepared  for  voting,  to  any person so as to reveal the contents[, or
solicits a voter to show the same]; or,
  11. Places any mark  upon  his  ballot,  or  does  any  other  act  in
connection  with his ballot with the intent that it may be identified as
the one voted by him, OTHER THAN WHAT IS ALLOWED PURSUANT TO SUBDIVISION
FOUR OF SECTION 8-300 OF THIS CHAPTER; or,
  § 3. Subdivision 23 of section 17-130 of the election law,  as  renum-
bered  by chapter 373 of the laws of 1978, is amended and a new subdivi-
sion 24 is added to read as follows:
  23. Not having been appointed or named an inspector  of  elections  or
clerk  and  not  having  taken  the  oath  for such office shall wear or
display any button, badge or emblem identifying or purporting to identi-
fy such person as an inspector of election or clerk[,  is  guilty  of  a
misdemeanor.]; OR,
  24.  FORCES  AN  INDIVIDUAL  TO PHOTOGRAPH AND/OR POST ON SOCIAL MEDIA
THEIR OWN BALLOT OR THEMSELVES AT ANY STAGE OF VOTING, IS  GUILTY  OF  A
MISDEMEANOR.
  § 4. This act shall take effect immediately.

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

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