senate Bill S1805

2021-2022 Legislative Session

Relates to prohibiting ballot harvesting

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Current Bill Status - In Senate Committee Elections Committee


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Jan 15, 2021 referred to elections

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S1805 (ACTIVE) - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A4929
Current Committee:
Senate Elections
Law Section:
Election Law
Laws Affected:
Add §§8-414 & 17-172, El L
Versions Introduced in 2019-2020 Legislative Session:
S8506, A10631

S1805 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Prohibits ballot harvesting; prohibits a person from submitting an application for an absentee ballot on behalf of a voter without notarized consent; permits family members, caregivers and other officials to submit applications.

S1805 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S1805 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

 
                     S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
 ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                   1805
 
                        2021-2022 Regular Sessions
 
                             I N  S E N A T E
 
                             January 15, 2021
                                ___________
 
 Introduced  by  Sens.  BORRELLO,  HELMING,  JORDAN, O'MARA, ORTT -- 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 prohibiting ballot
   harvesting
 
   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. BALLOT HARVESTING PROHIBITED. 1.  IT  SHALL  BE  AN  UNLAWFUL
 PRACTICE  FOR ANY PERSON TO ENGAGE IN BALLOT HARVESTING. FOR PURPOSES OF
 THIS SECTION, BALLOT HARVESTING SHALL INCLUDE:
   (A) THE MAKING OR SUBMISSION OF AN APPLICATION FOR AN ABSENTEE BALLOT,
 PURSUANT TO SECTION 8-400 OF THIS ARTICLE, ON BEHALF OF  ANOTHER  VOTER,
 UNLESS DONE IN ACCORDANCE WITH SUBDIVISION TWO OF THIS SECTION; AND
   (B)   THE  COLLECTION,  DISTRIBUTION  OR  SUBMISSION  TO  A  BOARD  OF
 ELECTIONS, OF VOTED OR UNVOTED ABSENTEE BALLOTS, UNLESS DONE IN  ACCORD-
 ANCE WITH SUBDIVISION THREE OF THIS SECTION.
   2. A PERSON MAY SUBMIT AN APPLICATION FOR AN ABSENTEE BALLOT ON BEHALF
 OF  ANOTHER  VOTER, IF THE VOTER HAS SIGNED THE ABSENTEE BALLOT APPLICA-
 TION, AND IF:
   (A) THE PERSON SUBMITTING SUCH APPLICATION FOR AN ABSENTEE  BALLOT  ON
 BEHALF OF THE OTHER VOTER, IS A FAMILY MEMBER OF THE OTHER VOTER, WITHIN
 THREE DEGREES OF CONSANGUINITY; OR
   (B)  A  VOTER  HAS  EXECUTED A SIGNED, WRITTEN, NOTARIZED CONSENT, NOT
 MORE THAN THIRTY DAYS PRIOR TO THE DATE OF THE APPLICATION,  AUTHORIZING
 THE PERSON SUBMITTING THE APPLICATION FOR AN ABSENTEE BALLOT TO DO SO ON
 THE  VOTER'S  BEHALF,  AND SUCH PERSON SUBMITTING THE APPLICATION FOR AN
 ABSENTEE BALLOT ON SUCH OTHER VOTER'S BEHALF  ALSO  FILES  SUCH  SIGNED,
 WRITTEN, NOTARIZED CONSENT WITH THE LOCAL BOARD OF ELECTIONS AT THE TIME
 OF  SUBMITTING SUCH APPLICATION FOR THE ABSENTEE BALLOT, AND SUCH PERSON
 
  EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                       [ ] is old law to be omitted.

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