senate Bill S8444

2021-2022 Legislative Session

Relates to objections to designating and nominating petitions

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Current Bill Status - In Senate Committee Elections Committee


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Mar 01, 2022 referred to elections

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S8444 (ACTIVE) - Details

Current Committee:
Senate Elections
Law Section:
Election Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §§6-154 & 16-102, El L

S8444 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Relates to objections to designating and nominating petitions; outlines requirements for officers, boards and judges making determinations as to the sufficiency of a designating or nominating petition.

S8444 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S8444 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

 
                     S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
 ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                   8444
 
                             I N  S E N A T E
 
                               March 1, 2022
                                ___________
 
 Introduced  by  Sens.  REICHLIN-MELNICK,  MAY  -- 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 objections to designat-
   ing and nominating petitions
 
   THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
 BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

   Section 1. Section 6-154 of the election law is amended  by  adding  a
 new subdivision 2-a to read as follows:
   2-A.  (A)  WHEN  RULING  ON  OBJECTIONS  TO DESIGNATING AND NOMINATING
 PETITIONS, THE OFFICER OR BOARD WITH WHOM SUCH OBJECTION IS FILED  SHALL
 CONSTRUE  ALL  ELECTION LAWS, RULES, AND REGULATIONS LIBERALLY SO AS NOT
 TO DEPRIVE AN INDIVIDUAL OF THEIR RIGHT TO RUN FOR OFFICE, OR THE VOTERS
 OF THEIR RIGHT TO ELECT A CANDIDATE OF THEIR CHOICE.
   (B) THE OFFICER OR BOARD MAKING A DETERMINATION AS TO THE  SUFFICIENCY
 OF  A  PETITION  SHALL  ABIDE BY THE FOLLOWING WHEN MAKING SUCH DETERMI-
 NATION:
   (I) OBJECTIONS RELATED TO A VOTER OR WITNESS STATEMENT  ADDRESS  SHALL
 NOT  BE  VALID  IF  THE  VOTER OR WITNESS AND THE ADDRESS ARE REASONABLY
 ASCERTAINABLE BY THE OFFICER OR BOARD MAKING A DETERMINATION.
   (II) OBJECTIONS SHALL NOT BE VALID SIMPLY BECAUSE A VOTER  OR  WITNESS
 WRITES IN THE NAME OF THE VILLAGE, HAMLET, OR CENSUS DESIGNATED PLACE IN
 WHICH  SUCH VOTER OR WITNESS LIVES RATHER THAN THE CITY OR TOWN IN WHICH
 SUCH VOTER OR WITNESS LIVES. IN THE CITY OF NEW YORK, AN OBJECTION SHALL
 NOT BE VALID SIMPLY BECAUSE A VOTER OR WITNESS WRITES IN THE NAME OF THE
 BOROUGH IN WHICH SUCH VOTER OR WITNESS LIVES RATHER THAN THE  COUNTY  IN
 WHICH SUCH VOTER OR WITNESS LIVES.
   (III) OBJECTIONS RELATED TO PAGINATION ERRORS SHALL NOT BE A BASIS FOR
 INVALIDATING A PETITION.
   (IV)  A  PETITION SHALL NOT BE INVALIDATED BECAUSE THE SIGNATURE COUNT
 APPEARING ON THE COVER SHEET IS MISSTATED. ONLY THE NUMBER OF SIGNATURES
 ACTUALLY APPEARING ON THE PETITION SHALL BE COUNTED.
   (V) A PETITION SHALL NOT BE INVALIDATED BECAUSE THE STATED  NUMBER  OF
 SIGNATURES  THAT APPEAR IN THE WITNESS STATEMENT IS INACCURATE. ONLY THE
 
  EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                       [ ] is old law to be omitted.

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