senate Bill S7785

2019-2020 Legislative Session

Establishes the misdemeanor of interfering in the election process by electronic means

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Current Bill Status - In Senate Committee Elections Committee


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Feb 20, 2020 referred to elections

S7785 (ACTIVE) - Details

Current Committee:
Senate Elections
Law Section:
Election Law
Laws Affected:
Add §17-158, El L

S7785 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Establishes the misdemeanor of interfering in the election process by electronic means.

S7785 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S7785 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf


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

                                  7785

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            February 20, 2020
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  KAPLAN -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Elections

AN ACT to amend the election law, in relation to establishing the misde-
  meanor of interfering in the election process by electronic means

  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 17-158
to read as follows:
  § 17-158. INTERFERING IN THE ELECTION PROCESS BY ELECTRONIC MEANS. ANY
PERSON WHO, WITH INTENT TO INTERFERE WITH AN ELECTION, PLACES OR  CAUSES
TO  BE PLACED, MULTIPLE CALLS BY TELEPHONE OR OTHER ELECTRONIC MEANS, OR
SENDS OR CAUSES TO BE SENT,  MULTIPLE  MESSAGES  BY  TEXT,  EMAIL,  FAX,
COMPUTER APPLICATION, TABLET APPLICATION, TELEPHONE APPLICATION OR OTHER
ELECTRONIC  MEANS,  OR  ANY COMBINATION THEREOF, TO OBSTRUCT, PREVENT OR
INTERFERE WITH:
  1. THE REPORTING OF POLL RESULTS BY ANY POLLING PLACE;
  2. THE RECEIPT OF POLL RESULTS BY A LOCAL OR STATE BOARD OF ELECTIONS;
  3. THE ABILITY OF A POLITICAL OR PARTY ORGANIZATION TO PLACE CALLS  OR
SEND MESSAGES USED FOR THE PURPOSE OF ENCOURAGING PEOPLE TO VOTE; OR
  4.  THE ABILITY OF A POLITICAL OR PARTY ORGANIZATION TO PLACE CALLS OR
SEND MESSAGES USED FOR  THE  PURPOSE  OF  ARRANGING  TRANSPORTATION  FOR
PEOPLE TO OR FROM THEIR POLLING PLACE, IS GUILTY OF A MISDEMEANOR.
  §  2.  This  act  shall take effect on the sixtieth day after it shall
have become a law.




 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD15383-02-0

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