senate Bill S8902

2019-2020 Legislative Session

Authorizes boards of elections to establish absentee ballot drop-off locations

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Current Bill Status - In Senate Committee Rules Committee


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Aug 11, 2020 referred to rules

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S8902 (ACTIVE) - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A10942
Current Committee:
Senate Rules
Law Section:
Election Law
Laws Affected:
Add §8-414, amd §§8-410 & 8-412, El L

S8902 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Authorizes boards of elections to establish absentee ballot drop-off locations.

S8902 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S8902 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

 
                     S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
 ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                   8902
 
                             I N  S E N A T E
 
                              August 11, 2020
                                ___________
 
 Introduced  by Sens. HOYLMAN, MAY -- 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 authorizing  boards  of
   elections to establish absentee ballot drop-off locations
 
   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.  ABSENTEE  BALLOT  DROP  BOXES.  1. FOR THE PURPOSES OF THIS
 TITLE, THE FOLLOWING TERMS SHALL HAVE THE FOLLOWING MEANINGS:
   (A) "ABSENTEE BALLOT DROP BOX" SHALL MEAN A SECURE  RECEPTACLE  ESTAB-
 LISHED  BY  A  BOARD OF ELECTIONS WHEREBY AN ABSENTEE BALLOT MARKED BY A
 VOTER PURSUANT TO SECTION 8-410 OF THIS TITLE MAY  BE  RETURNED  TO  THE
 BOARD OF ELECTIONS OF THE COUNTY OR CITY OF THE VOTER'S RESIDENCE; AND
   (B) "ABSENTEE BALLOT DROP-OFF LOCATION" SHALL MEAN A LOCATION CONSIST-
 ING  OF  A  SECURED ABSENTEE BALLOT DROP BOX AT WHICH AN ABSENTEE BALLOT
 MARKED BY A VOTER PURSUANT  TO  SECTION  8-410  OF  THIS  TITLE  MAY  BE
 RETURNED  TO THE BOARD OF ELECTIONS OF THE COUNTY OR CITY OF THE VOTER'S
 RESIDENCE.
   2. EACH BOARD OF ELECTIONS IS HEREBY AUTHORIZED TO  ESTABLISH  ONE  OR
 MORE  ABSENTEE  BALLOT DROP-OFF LOCATIONS AS A MEANS FOR THE DELIVERY OF
 ABSENTEE BALLOTS MARKED BY A VOTER TO THE  BOARD  OF  ELECTIONS  OF  THE
 COUNTY  OR  CITY  OF THE VOTER'S RESIDENCE. EACH SUCH BOARD OF ELECTIONS
 SHALL PROVIDE NOTICE OF THE LOCATION OF EVERY SUCH ABSENTEE BALLOT DROP-
 OFF LOCATION BY POSTING SUCH INFORMATION ON ITS WEBSITE  NO  LATER  THAN
 THE DAY THE ABSENTEE BALLOT DROP-OFF LOCATION IS ESTABLISHED.
   3.  THE  STATE BOARD OF ELECTIONS IS HEREBY AUTHORIZED AND DIRECTED TO
 PROMULGATE RULES AND REGULATIONS  AND  MAY  PROMULGATE  EMERGENCY  REGU-
 LATIONS  NECESSARY  FOR  THE  IMPLEMENTATION  OF  THE PROVISIONS OF THIS
 SECTION, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE LOCATION, CHAIN  OF  CUSTODY,
 PICK-UP  TIMES,  PROPER  LABELING,  AND SECURITY OF ABSENTEE BALLOT DROP
 BOXES ESTABLISHED BY BOARDS OF ELECTIONS PURSUANT TO THIS SECTION.
   § 2. Section 8-410 of the election law, as amended by chapter  352  of
 the laws of 1986, is amended to read as follows:
 
  EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets

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