Assembly Actions -
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
|May 19, 2020||
referred to elections
Senate Bill S8369
2019-2020 Legislative Session
Archive: Last Bill Status - In Senate Committee Elections Committee
- In Committee Assembly
- On Floor Calendar Assembly
- Passed Assembly
- Delivered to Governor
- Signed By Governor
2019-S8369 (ACTIVE) - Details
2019-S8369 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo
BILL NUMBER: S8369 SPONSOR: MYRIE TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the election law, in relation to ballots submitted in envelopes that are partially sealed or sealed with tape, paste, or any other binding agent or device PURPOSE: To safeguard the constitutional right of absentee voters to have their votes counted this bill provides that a ballot will be counted as long as it is partially sealed regardless of how it is sealed. SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1 amends Election Law 9-209(2)(a)(i), which deals with the outside of envelopes containing absentee ballots and whether or not those envelopes are sealed. The amendment makes it clear that the ballot will be counted even if the envelope is only partially sealed or sealed
2019-S8369 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf
S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K ________________________________________________________________________ 8369 I N S E N A T E May 19, 2020 ___________ Introduced by Sen. MYRIE -- 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 ballots submitted in envelopes that are partially sealed or sealed with tape, paste, or any other binding agent or device THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Clause (A) of subparagraph (i) of paragraph (a) of subdivi- sion 2 of section 9-209 of the election law, as amended by chapter 308 of the laws of 2011, is amended to read as follows: (A) If a person whose name is on an envelope as a voter has already voted in person at such election, or if his or her name and residence as stated on the envelope are not on a registration poll record, or the computer generated list of registered voters or the list of special presidential voters, or if there is no name on the envelope, or if the envelope is not sealed, such envelope shall be laid aside unopened. PROVIDED HOWEVER, IF A BALLOT ENVELOPE IS PARTIALLY SEALED OR SEALED WITH TAPE, PASTE, OR ANY OTHER BINDING AGENT OR DEVICE, THE BOARD SHALL, PRIOR TO CERTIFYING THE ELECTION RESULTS, MAKE A GOOD FAITH EFFORT TO CONTACT THE VOTER, WHICH MAY INCLUDE, BUT NOT BE LIMITED TO CONTACTING THE VOTER BY ELECTRONIC MAIL OR PHONE, IF HIS OR HER EMAIL ADDRESS OR TELEPHONE NUMBER HAS BEEN PROVIDED BY THE VOTER OR IS OTHERWISE AVAIL- ABLE TO THE BOARD. IF THE VOTER CAN VERIFY IN WRITING TO THE BOARD THAT THE VOTER COMPLETED THE BALLOT AND SUBMITTED THE ENVELOPE IN THE OBSERVED CONDITION, THE BOARD SHALL CAST AND CANVASS SUCH BALLOT. § 2. This act shall take effect immediately and shall apply to elections occurring on or after such effective date. EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD16406-01-0
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