senate Bill S6909

2019-2020 Legislative Session

Relates to requirements for first time voters

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Current Bill Status - In Senate Committee Elections Committee


  • Introduced
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    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
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Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Jan 08, 2020 referred to elections
Dec 18, 2019 referred to rules

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S6909 (ACTIVE) - Details

Current Committee:
Senate Elections
Law Section:
Election Law
Laws Affected:
Add §8-303-a, El L

S6909 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Requires certain government issued identification to be presented when casting a ballot for the first time.

S6909 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S6909 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf


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

                                  6909

                       2019-2020 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            December 18, 2019
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  JACOBS -- 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 requirements for  first
  time voters

  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 8-303-a
to read as follows:
  § 8-303-A. VOTER IDENTIFICATION FOR FIRST TIME VOTERS. 1.  APPLICABIL-
ITY. EACH BOARD OF ELECTIONS, IN A UNIFORM AND NONDISCRIMINATORY MANNER,
SHALL REQUIRE A VOTER TO MEET THE REQUIREMENTS  OF  SUBDIVISION  TWO  OF
THIS  SECTION  IF THE INDIVIDUAL HAS NOT PREVIOUSLY VOTED IN AN ELECTION
FOR LOCAL, STATE OR FEDERAL OFFICE.
  2. REQUIREMENTS. (A) IN GENERAL. AN INDIVIDUAL MEETS THE  REQUIREMENTS
OF THIS SUBDIVISION IF THE INDIVIDUAL:
  (1)  IN  THE CASE OF AN INDIVIDUAL WHO VOTES IN PERSON PRESENTS TO THE
APPROPRIATE ELECTION INSPECTOR, CLERK OR COORDINATOR A CURRENT AND VALID
UNITED STATES PASSPORT, NEW YORK STATE ISSUED REAL ID,  NEW  YORK  STATE
ENHANCED ID, SOCIAL SECURITY CARD, BIRTH CERTIFICATE, OR NATIONALIZATION
PAPERS; OR
  (2)  IN  THE  CASE  OF AN INDIVIDUAL WHO VOTES BY MAIL, SUBMITS IN THE
OUTER ENVELOPE WITH THE ENVELOPE CONTAINING  THE  BALLOT  A  COPY  OF  A
CURRENT AND VALID UNITED STATES PASSPORT, NEW YORK STATE ISSUED REAL ID,
NEW  YORK STATE ENHANCED ID, SOCIAL SECURITY CARD, BIRTH CERTIFICATE, OR
NATIONALIZATION PAPERS.
  (B) FAIL-SAFE VOTING. (1) AN INDIVIDUAL WHO IS ATTEMPTING TO  VOTE  IN
PERSON,  BUT WHO DOES NOT MEET THE REQUIREMENTS OF THIS SUBDIVISION, MAY
CAST AN AFFIDAVIT BALLOT, AND NOTWITHSTANDING THIS SECTION OF LAW,  SUCH
AFFIDAVIT  BALLOT SHALL BE DULY CAST AND COUNTED, EVEN THOUGH SUCH INDI-
VIDUAL DOES NOT MEET THE REQUIREMENTS OF SUBPARAGRAPH ONE  OF  PARAGRAPH
(A) OF THIS SUBDIVISION, PROVIDED SUCH INDIVIDUAL CASTING SUCH BALLOT IS

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

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