Assembly Actions -
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
|Nov 09, 2020
referred to rules
Senate Bill S9089
2019-2020 Legislative Session
Archive: Last Bill Status - In Senate Committee Rules Committee
- In Committee Assembly
- On Floor Calendar Assembly
- Passed Assembly
- Delivered to Governor
- Signed By Governor
2019-S9089 (ACTIVE) - Details
2019-S9089 (ACTIVE) - Summary
Relates to validating absentee ballots; relates to when absentee ballot envelopes and absentee ballots are examined to determine the validity of such absentee ballots; allows for the surrender of absentee ballots in certain situations; authorizes poll watchers to be present at meetings related to examining absentee ballot envelopes.
2019-S9089 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo
BILL NUMBER: S9089 SPONSOR: GIANARIS TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the election law, in relation to validating absentee ballots SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section one of the bill requires the board of elections to examine the validity of absentee ballot envelopes as they are received. Canvassing of absentee ballots shall begin three hours before the scheduled close of polls on Election Day. Section two of the bill provides that if an affidavit ballot was cast during early voting or on Election Day by a voter who has already submitted an absentee ballot, the affidavit shall be left aside, unopened. Section three of the bill makes conforming changes to the Election Law in light of recently chaptered opportunities to cure technical deficien-
2019-S9089 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf
S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K ________________________________________________________________________ 9089 I N S E N A T E November 9, 2020 ___________ Introduced by Sen. GIANARIS -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Rules AN ACT to amend the election law, in relation to validating absentee ballots THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Paragraphs (a) and (b) of subdivision 1 of section 9-209 of the election law, as amended by chapter 104 of the laws of 2010, are amended to read as follows: (a) The board of elections shall designate itself or such of its employees as it shall deem appropriate as a set of poll clerks to EXAM- INE, cast and canvass such ballots, and fix a time and place for their meeting for such [purpose, provided that such meeting shall be no more than fourteen days after a general or special election and no more than eight days after a primary election at which such ballots are voted] PURPOSES. STARTING FORTY DAYS PRIOR TO THE DAY OF THE ELECTION, SUCH POLL CLERKS SHALL EXAMINE AND DETERMINE THE VALIDITY OF ABSENTEE BALLOT ENVELOPES AS THEY ARE RECEIVED BY THE BOARD OF ELECTIONS. SUCH EXAMINA- TION SHALL OCCUR EVERY BUSINESS DAY PRIOR TO THE DAY OF THE ELECTION, OR, UPON BIPARTISAN AGREEMENT, ON SUCH OTHER SCHEDULE AS DETERMINED BY THE BOARD, PROVIDED THAT THE BOARD POST WHEN SUCH EXAMINATIONS SHALL OCCUR ON ITS WEBSITE. BOARDS SHALL BEGIN TO CANVASS ELIGIBLE ABSENTEE BALLOTS THREE HOURS BEFORE THE SCHEDULED CLOSE OF POLLS ON ELECTION DAY. IN CANVASSING SUCH BALLOTS, THE BOARD SHALL TAKE ALL MEASURES NECESSARY TO ENSURE THE PRIVACY OF VOTERS AND NON-PUBLIC RELEASE OF ELECTION RESULTS PRIOR TO THE CLOSE OF POLLS ON ELECTION DAY. SUCH TABULATIONS SHALL BE ADDED INTO THE DAILY CANVASS OF RESULTS AND UPDATED NO LESS THAN ONCE A DAY. THE STATE BOARD OF ELECTIONS SHALL PROMULGATE RULES OR REGULATIONS NECESSARY TO ENSURE PRIVACY IN CANVASSING ABSENTEE BALLOTS. The board may desig- nate additional sets of poll clerks and if it designates more than one such set shall apportion among all such sets the election districts from which such ballots have been received, provided that all such ballots from a single election district shall be assigned to a single set of EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
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