senate Bill S9089

2019-2020 Legislative Session

Relates to validating absentee ballots

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Current Bill Status - In Senate Committee Rules Committee


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    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
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Nov 09, 2020 referred to rules

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S9089 (ACTIVE) - Details

Current Committee:
Senate Rules
Law Section:
Election Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §§9-209, 5-506, 4-128, 8-302, 16-106, 16-102 & 17-130, El L

S9089 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Relates to validating absentee ballots; relates to when absentee ballot envelopes and absentee ballots are examined to determine the validity of such absentee ballots; allows for the surrender of absentee ballots in certain situations; authorizes poll watchers to be present at meetings related to examining absentee ballot envelopes.

S9089 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S9089 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

 
                     S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
 ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                   9089
 
                             I N  S E N A T E
 
                             November 9, 2020
                                ___________
 
 Introduced  by Sen. GIANARIS -- 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  validating  absentee
   ballots
 
   THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
 BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:
 
   Section 1. Paragraphs (a) and (b) of subdivision 1 of section 9-209 of
 the election law, as amended by chapter 104 of the  laws  of  2010,  are
 amended to read as follows:
   (a)  The  board  of  elections  shall  designate itself or such of its
 employees as it shall deem appropriate as a set of poll clerks to  EXAM-
 INE,  cast  and canvass such ballots, and fix a time and place for their
 meeting for such [purpose, provided that such meeting shall be  no  more
 than  fourteen days after a general or special election and no more than
 eight days after a primary election at which  such  ballots  are  voted]
 PURPOSES.  STARTING  FORTY  DAYS  PRIOR TO THE DAY OF THE ELECTION, SUCH
 POLL CLERKS SHALL EXAMINE AND DETERMINE THE VALIDITY OF ABSENTEE  BALLOT
 ENVELOPES AS THEY ARE RECEIVED BY THE BOARD OF ELECTIONS.  SUCH EXAMINA-
 TION  SHALL  OCCUR  EVERY BUSINESS DAY PRIOR TO THE DAY OF THE ELECTION,
 OR, UPON BIPARTISAN AGREEMENT, ON SUCH OTHER SCHEDULE AS  DETERMINED  BY
 THE  BOARD,  PROVIDED  THAT  THE BOARD POST WHEN SUCH EXAMINATIONS SHALL
 OCCUR ON ITS WEBSITE.
   BOARDS SHALL BEGIN TO CANVASS ELIGIBLE ABSENTEE  BALLOTS  THREE  HOURS
 BEFORE THE SCHEDULED CLOSE OF POLLS ON ELECTION DAY.  IN CANVASSING SUCH
 BALLOTS,  THE  BOARD  SHALL  TAKE  ALL  MEASURES NECESSARY TO ENSURE THE
 PRIVACY OF VOTERS AND NON-PUBLIC RELEASE OF ELECTION  RESULTS  PRIOR  TO
 THE CLOSE OF POLLS ON ELECTION DAY. SUCH TABULATIONS SHALL BE ADDED INTO
 THE  DAILY  CANVASS  OF RESULTS AND UPDATED NO LESS THAN ONCE A DAY. THE
 STATE BOARD OF ELECTIONS SHALL PROMULGATE RULES OR REGULATIONS NECESSARY
 TO ENSURE PRIVACY IN CANVASSING ABSENTEE BALLOTS. The board  may  desig-
 nate  additional  sets of poll clerks and if it designates more than one
 such set shall apportion among all such sets the election districts from
 which such ballots have been received, provided that  all  such  ballots
 from  a  single  election  district shall be assigned to a single set of
 
  EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets

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