assembly Bill A10631

2019-2020 Legislative Session

Relates to prohibiting ballot harvesting

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Jun 10, 2020 referred to election law

A10631 (ACTIVE) - Details

See Senate Version of this Bill:
S8506
Law Section:
Election Law
Laws Affected:
Add §§8-414 & 17-172, El L
Versions Introduced in 2021-2022 Legislative Session:
A4929, S1805

A10631 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Prohibits ballot harvesting; prohibits a person from submitting an application for an absentee ballot on behalf of a voter without notarized consent; permits family members, caregivers and other officials to submit applications.

A10631 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf


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

                                  10631

                          I N  A S S E M B L Y

                              June 10, 2020
                               ___________

Introduced  by COMMITTEE ON RULES -- (at request of M. of A. Goodell) --
  read once and referred to the Committee on Election Law

AN ACT to amend the election law,  in  relation  to  prohibiting  ballot
  harvesting

  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  8-414
to read as follows:
  §  8-414.  BALLOT  HARVESTING  PROHIBITED.  1. IT SHALL BE AN UNLAWFUL
PRACTICE FOR ANY PERSON TO ENGAGE IN BALLOT HARVESTING. FOR PURPOSES  OF
THIS SECTION, BALLOT HARVESTING SHALL INCLUDE:
  (A) THE MAKING OR SUBMISSION OF AN APPLICATION FOR AN ABSENTEE BALLOT,
PURSUANT  TO  SECTION 8-400 OF THIS ARTICLE, ON BEHALF OF ANOTHER VOTER,
UNLESS DONE IN ACCORDANCE WITH SUBDIVISION TWO OF THIS SECTION; AND
  (B)  THE  COLLECTION,  DISTRIBUTION  OR  SUBMISSION  TO  A  BOARD   OF
ELECTIONS,  OF VOTED OR UNVOTED ABSENTEE BALLOTS, UNLESS DONE IN ACCORD-
ANCE WITH SUBDIVISION THREE OF THIS SECTION.
  2. A PERSON MAY SUBMIT AN APPLICATION FOR AN ABSENTEE BALLOT ON BEHALF
OF ANOTHER VOTER, IF THE VOTER HAS SIGNED THE ABSENTEE  BALLOT  APPLICA-
TION, AND IF:
  (A)  THE  PERSON SUBMITTING SUCH APPLICATION FOR AN ABSENTEE BALLOT ON
BEHALF OF THE OTHER VOTER, IS A FAMILY MEMBER OF THE OTHER VOTER, WITHIN
THREE DEGREES OF CONSANGUINITY; OR
  (B) A VOTER HAS EXECUTED A SIGNED,  WRITTEN,  NOTARIZED  CONSENT,  NOT
MORE  THAN THIRTY DAYS PRIOR TO THE DATE OF THE APPLICATION, AUTHORIZING
THE PERSON SUBMITTING THE APPLICATION FOR AN ABSENTEE BALLOT TO DO SO ON
THE VOTER'S BEHALF, AND SUCH PERSON SUBMITTING THE  APPLICATION  FOR  AN
ABSENTEE  BALLOT  ON  SUCH  OTHER VOTER'S BEHALF ALSO FILES SUCH SIGNED,
WRITTEN, NOTARIZED CONSENT WITH THE LOCAL BOARD OF ELECTIONS AT THE TIME
OF SUBMITTING SUCH APPLICATION FOR THE ABSENTEE BALLOT, AND SUCH  PERSON
SUBMITTING  THE  APPLICATION FOR AN ABSENTEE BALLOT ON THE OTHER VOTER'S
BEHALF HAS NOT SUBMITTED ANY OTHER ABSENTEE BALLOT APPLICATION ON BEHALF
OF ANY OTHER VOTER UNDER THIS SUBDIVISION.

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