assembly Bill A10271A

2019-2020 Legislative Session

Relates to absentee voting

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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
May 24, 2020 print number 10271a
May 24, 2020 amend and recommit to election law
Apr 08, 2020 referred to election law

Co-Sponsors

A10271 - Details

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

A10271 - Summary

Authorizes absentee voting; defines the term "illness" for the purposes of absentee voting to include instances where a voter who, during a declaration of a state disaster emergency related to an epidemic or disease outbreak declared by the Governor pursuant to section twenty-eight of the executive law, is unable to appear personally at the polling place of the election district in which they are a qualified voter because there is a risk of contracting or spreading a disease causing illness to the voter or to other members of the public.

A10271 - Bill Text download pdf


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

                                  10271

                          I N  A S S E M B L Y

                              April 8, 2020
                               ___________

Introduced  by M. of A. BLAKE -- read once and referred to the Committee
  on Election Law

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.
                                                           LBD15746-06-0

Co-Sponsors

A10271A (ACTIVE) - Details

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

A10271A (ACTIVE) - Summary

Authorizes absentee voting; defines the term "illness" for the purposes of absentee voting to include instances where a voter who, during a declaration of a state disaster emergency related to an epidemic or disease outbreak declared by the Governor pursuant to section twenty-eight of the executive law, is unable to appear personally at the polling place of the election district in which they are a qualified voter because there is a risk of contracting or spreading a disease causing illness to the voter or to other members of the public.

A10271A (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf


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

                                10271--A

                          I N  A S S E M B L Y

                              April 8, 2020
                               ___________

Introduced  by  M.  of A. BLAKE, PAULIN -- read once and referred to the
  Committee 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, PROVIDED THAT,  FOR  PURPOSES  OF
THIS    PARAGRAPH,  "ILLNESS" SHALL INCLUDE INSTANCES WHERE A VOTER WHO,
DURING A DECLARATION OF A STATE DISASTER EMERGENCY RELATED TO AN EPIDEM-
IC OR DISEASE OUTBREAK DECLARED BY  THE  GOVERNOR  PURSUANT  TO  SECTION
TWENTY-EIGHT OF THE EXECUTIVE LAW, IS UNABLE TO APPEAR PERSONALLY AT THE
POLLING  PLACE  OF  THE  ELECTION DISTRICT IN WHICH THEY ARE A QUALIFIED
VOTER BECAUSE THERE IS A RISK OF  CONTRACTING  OR  SPREADING  A  DISEASE
CAUSING ILLNESS TO THE VOTER OR TO OTHER MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC; 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.