senate Bill S2789

2019-2020 Legislative Session

Directs the Queens county board of elections to provide language assistance in Bengali, Punjabi and Hindi

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Jan 08, 2020 referred to elections
Jan 29, 2019 referred to elections

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S2789 (ACTIVE) - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A4202
Current Committee:
Senate Elections
Law Section:
Election Law
Laws Affected:
Add §3-508, El L
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: S7402, A9956
2013-2014: S625, A1005
2015-2016: S6772, A3074
2017-2018: S3869, A5506
2021-2022: S3441

S2789 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Directs the Queens county board of elections to provide language assistance in Bengali, Punjabi and Hindi.

S2789 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S2789 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf


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

                                  2789

                       2019-2020 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 29, 2019
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sens.  COMRIE,  CARLUCCI, KRUEGER, SEPULVEDA, SERRANO --
  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 directing the Queens
  county board of elections to provide language assistance  in  Bengali,
  Punjabi and Hindi

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

  Section 1. The election law is amended by adding a new  section  3-508
to read as follows:
  §  3-508. QUEENS COUNTY BOARD OF ELECTIONS; VOTING MATERIALS IN BENGA-
LI, PUNJABI AND HINDI.  THE  QUEENS  COUNTY  BOARD  OF  ELECTIONS  SHALL
PROVIDE  WRITTEN  LANGUAGE  ASSISTANCE IN THE BENGALI, PUNJABI AND HINDI
LANGUAGES PURSUANT TO SECTION TWO HUNDRED THREE OF THE VOTING RIGHTS ACT
OF NINETEEN HUNDRED SIXTY-FIVE  (42  U.S.C.  1973AA-1A).  SUCH  LANGUAGE
ASSISTANCE  SHALL  INCLUDE, BUT NOT BE LIMITED TO, BALLOTS, SIGNS, VOTER
MAILINGS, EMPLOYEE AND VOLUNTEER TRAINING MATERIALS AND  INFORMATION  ON
SUCH BOARD'S WEBSITE. IT SHALL ALSO PRODUCE AND DISSEMINATE COUNTYWIDE A
BOOKLET  THAT  INCLUDES:  (A)  A VOTER REGISTRATION FORM IN ENGLISH WITH
INSTRUCTIONS IN BENGALI, PUNJABI AND HINDI; (B) INSTRUCTIONS IN BENGALI,
PUNJABI AND HINDI REGARDING THE CRITERIA  AND  APPLICATION  PROCESS  FOR
OBTAINING  AN  ABSENTEE  BALLOT;  AND  (C)  A SECTION WITH GENERAL VOTER
INFORMATION IN BENGALI, PUNJABI AND  HINDI  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.
                                                           LBD03033-01-9

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