Senate Bill S587

Signed By Governor
2023-2024 Legislative Session

Relates to mandatory training curriculum for poll workers

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Current Bill Status - Signed by Governor

  • Introduced
    • In Committee Assembly
    • In Committee Senate
    • On Floor Calendar Assembly
    • On Floor Calendar Senate
    • Passed Assembly
    • Passed Senate
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed By Governor

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2023-S587 (ACTIVE) - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
Law Section:
Election Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §3-412, El L
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2015-2016: A10407
2017-2018: S4370, A5844
2019-2020: S2800, A5142
2021-2022: S5800, S5880, A4323

2023-S587 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Relates to mandatory training curriculum for poll workers; requires the state board of elections to develop and provide to each county materials for a model poll worker training program which the counties may use to train individuals to serve as poll workers in state and county elections.

2023-S587 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

2023-S587 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

                     S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
                        2023-2024 Regular Sessions
                             I N  S E N A T E
                              January 5, 2023
 Introduced  by  Sens. COMRIE, 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  mandatory  training
   curriculum for poll workers
   Section 1. Subdivisions 1, 1-a and 2 of section 3-412 of the  election
 law, subdivision 1 as amended by chapter 310 of the laws of 2021, subdi-
 vision 1-a as added by chapter 181 of the laws of 2005 and subdivision 2
 as amended by chapter 180 of the laws of 2005, are amended and three new
 subdivisions 1-b, 1-c and 1-d are added to read as follows:
   1.  Each board of elections shall, at least once every year, conduct a
 mandatory school for the instruction of election inspectors, poll clerks
 and election coordinators. Such instruction may be given  in  person  or
 online  AT  VARIOUS  TIMES  THROUGHOUT  THE  YEAR,  provided that online
 instruction shall be offered over a two week period  that  includes  the
 date  for in-person instruction.  SUCH TRAINING SHALL BE OFFERED NO LESS
 FREQUENTLY THAN ON A QUARTERLY BASIS. Certain online participants may be
 required to supplement online  instruction  with  in-person  instruction
 that  includes  the  use  of  voting machines or other matters requiring
 specialized training. Written notice  shall  be  given  to  participants
 stating  the time and place at which such in-person instruction shall be
 held, the option to obtain instruction online with direction on  how  to
 access  the  online  option,  and identifying the participants that must
 attend in-person instruction in addition to online instruction.
   1-a. The state board of elections shall  establish  a  mandatory  core
 curriculum  for  poll worker training which includes the requirements in
 subdivision two of this section, [as amended by a chapter of the laws of
 2005,] and the rights of voters at the polls and obligation of  election
 workers  to  protect those rights while maintaining the integrity of the
 franchise, including assisting voters with disabilities or with  limited
  EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                       [ ] is old law to be omitted.


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