senate Bill S1027

2021-2022 Legislative Session

Relates to validating absentee ballots

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Current Bill Status - Passed Senate


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Actions

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Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Jan 11, 2021 referred to election law
delivered to assembly
passed senate
ordered to third reading cal.8
reported and committed to rules
Jan 06, 2021 referred to elections

Votes

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Jan 11, 2021 - Elections committee Vote

S1027
5
2
committee
5
Aye
2
Nay
0
Aye with Reservations
0
Absent
0
Excused
0
Abstained
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Elections Committee Vote: Jan 11, 2021

nay (2)

Jan 11, 2021 - Rules committee Vote

S1027
14
7
committee
14
Aye
7
Nay
0
Aye with Reservations
0
Absent
0
Excused
0
Abstained
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S1027 (ACTIVE) - Details

Law Section:
Election Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §§9-209, 5-506, 4-128, 8-302, 16-106, 16-102 & 17-130, El L
Versions Introduced in 2019-2020 Legislative Session:
S9089

S1027 (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.

S1027 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S1027 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

 
                     S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
 ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                   1027
 
                        2021-2022 Regular Sessions
 
                             I N  S E N A T E
 
                              January 6, 2021
                                ___________
 
 Introduced  by Sen. GIANARIS -- 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  validating  absentee
   ballots
 
   THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
 BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

   Section 1. Subdivision 1 of section 9-209  of  the  election  law,  as
 amended  by  chapter  104  of  the  laws  of 2010, is amended to read as
 follows:
   1. (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.
   (B)  BEGINNING  AT  THE  CLOSE  OF POLLS ON THE SECOND SUNDAY OF EARLY
 VOTING, BOARD OF ELECTIONS EMPLOYEES SHALL BEGIN TO PREPARE AND  CANVASS
 VALID  ABSENTEE  BALLOTS  RECEIVED  PRIOR TO SUCH DATE FOR CANVASSING BY
 HAND OR CENTRAL SCANNER. SUCH PREPARATION  SHALL  INCLUDE,  BUT  NOT  BE
 LIMITED  TO,  REVIEWING  THE  VOTER  HISTORY  RECORD  FOR EACH VOTER WHO
 SUBMITTED AN ABSENTEE BALLOT TO REFLECT ANY INSTANCE OF EARLY VOTING  BY
 SUCH  VOTERS,  OPENING  ABSENTEE  BALLOT AFFIRMATION ENVELOPES, REMOVING
 BALLOTS FROM ABSENTEE BALLOT AFFIRMATION  ENVELOPES,  STACKING  ABSENTEE
 BALLOTS,  AND  INSERTING  BALLOTS  INTO  A CENTRAL SCANNER OR OTHER VOTE
 
  EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                       [ ] is old law to be omitted.

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