assembly Bill A10203A

2019-2020 Legislative Session

Relates to absentee voting

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Current Bill Status - Stricken


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Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Mar 30, 2020 enacting clause stricken
Mar 27, 2020 print number 10203a
Mar 27, 2020 amend (t) and recommit to election law
Mar 24, 2020 referred to election law

A10203 - Details

See Senate Version of this Bill:
S8015
Law Section:
Election Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §8-400, El L

A10203 - Summary

Authorizes absentee voting; defines the term "illness" for the purposes of absentee voting to include the spread or potential spread of any communicable disease, at a time of declaration of a state of emergency within the jurisdiction where the election is taking place.

A10203 - Bill Text download pdf


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

                                  10203

                          I N  A S S E M B L Y

                             March 24, 2020
                               ___________

Introduced by M. of A. JACOBSON -- read once and referred to the Commit-
  tee on Election Law

AN  ACT  to  amend  the election law, in relation to permitting absentee
  voting in the event of a public health risk

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

  Section 1. Subdivision 1 and paragraph (c) of subdivision 3 of section
8-400  of  the election law, subdivision 1 and paragraph (c) of subdivi-
sion 3 as amended by chapter 63 of the laws of 2010,  paragraph  (c)  of
subdivision  1  and subparagraph (iii) of paragraph (c) of subdivision 3
as amended by chapter 375 of the laws of 2015, are amended  to  read  as
follows:
  1.  A qualified voter may vote as an absentee voter under this chapter
if, on the occurrence of any village election conducted by the board  of
elections,  primary  election, special election, general election or New
York city community school board district  or  city  of  Buffalo  school
district election, he or she expects to be:
  (a)  absent from the county of his or her residence, or, if a resident
of the city of New York absent from said city; or
  (b) unable to appear personally at the polling place of  the  election
district  in  which he or she is a qualified voter because of illness or
physical disability or duties related to the primary care of one or more
individuals who are ill or physically disabled, or  because  he  or  she
will be or is a patient in a hospital; or
  (c)  a  resident or patient of a veterans health administration hospi-
tal; or
  (d) absent from his or her voting  residence  because  he  or  she  is
detained  in  jail awaiting action by a grand jury or awaiting trial, or
confined in jail or prison after a conviction for an offense other  than
a  felony,  provided that he or she is qualified to vote in the election
district of his or her residence[.]; OR
  (E) UNABLE TO APPEAR PERSONALLY AT THE POLLING PLACE OF  THE  ELECTION
DISTRICT  IN WHICH HE OR SHE IS A QUALIFIED VOTER BECAUSE OF THE CONCERN
THAT A PUBLIC HEALTH RISK EXISTS AND SUCH APPEARANCE MAY RESULT IN EXPO-

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

A10203A (ACTIVE) - Details

See Senate Version of this Bill:
S8015
Law Section:
Election Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §8-400, El L

A10203A (ACTIVE) - Summary

Authorizes absentee voting; defines the term "illness" for the purposes of absentee voting to include the spread or potential spread of any communicable disease, at a time of declaration of a state of emergency within the jurisdiction where the election is taking place.

A10203A (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf


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

                                10203--A

                          I N  A S S E M B L Y

                             March 24, 2020
                               ___________

Introduced by M. of A. JACOBSON -- read once and referred to the Commit-
  tee  on  Election  Law  -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered
  reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee

AN ACT to amend the election law, in relation to absentee voting

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

  Section  1.  Subdivision  1  of  section 8-400 of the election law, as
amended by chapter 63 of the laws of 2010, paragraph (c) as  amended  by
chapter 375 of the laws of 2015, is amended to read as follows:
  1.  A qualified voter may vote as an absentee voter under this chapter
if, on the occurrence of any village election conducted by the board  of
elections,  primary  election, special election, general election or New
York city community school board district  or  city  of  Buffalo  school
district election, he or she expects to be:
  (a)  absent from the county of his or her residence, or, if a resident
of the city of New York absent from said city; or
  (b) unable to appear personally at the polling place of  the  election
district  in  which he or she is a qualified voter because of illness or
physical disability or duties related to the primary care of one or more
individuals who are ill or physically disabled, or  because  he  or  she
will  be  or is a patient in a hospital. FOR PURPOSES OF THIS PARAGRAPH,
THE TERM "ILLNESS" SHALL INCLUDE THE SPREAD OR POTENTIAL SPREAD  OF  ANY
COMMUNICABLE  DISEASE,  AT A TIME OF DECLARATION OF A STATE OF EMERGENCY
WITHIN THE JURISDICTION WHERE THE ELECTION IS TAKING PLACE; or
  (c) a resident or patient of a veterans health  administration  hospi-
tal; or
  (d)  absent  from  his  or  her  voting residence because he or she is
detained in jail awaiting action by a grand jury or awaiting  trial,  or
confined  in jail or prison after a conviction for an offense other than
a felony, provided that he or she is qualified to vote in  the  election
district of his or her residence.
  § 2. This act shall take effect immediately.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD15746-05-0