Senate Bill S876

2023-2024 Legislative Session

Relates to providing valid government issued photo identification when casting a ballot

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Current Bill Status - In Senate Committee Elections Committee


  • 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-S876 (ACTIVE) - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A4414
Current Committee:
Senate Elections
Law Section:
Election Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §8-303, El L; amd §491, V & T L
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2019-2020: S2091
2021-2022: S3625, A9125

2023-S876 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Requires a valid government issued photo identification card be presented when casting a ballot; provides for persons eligible for Medicaid to receive identification cards.

2023-S876 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

2023-S876 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

                             
                     S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
 ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                    876
 
                        2023-2024 Regular Sessions
 
                             I N  S E N A T E
 
                              January 6, 2023
                                ___________
 
 Introduced  by  Sen.  ORTT  --  read twice and ordered printed, and when
   printed to be committed to the Committee on Elections
 
 AN ACT to amend the election law and the vehicle  and  traffic  law,  in
   relation  to  requiring a valid government issued photo identification
   card to be presented when casting a ballot

   THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
 BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:
 
   Section  1. Section 8-303 of the election law, as added by chapter 420
 of the laws of 2004, subparagraph 1 of paragraph (b) of subdivision 3 as
 amended by chapter 160 of the laws  of  2005,  is  amended  to  read  as
 follows:
   §  8-303. [Initial voter] VOTER identification. 1. Applicability. Each
 board of elections, in a uniform  and  nondiscriminatory  manner,  shall
 require  a  voter  to  meet  the requirements of subdivision two of this
 section [if:
   (a) the individual registered to vote in a jurisdiction by mail on  or
 after January first, two thousand three; and
   (b) the individual has not previously voted in an election for federal
 office in the jurisdiction of the board of elections].
   2.  Requirements. (a) In general. An individual meets the requirements
 of this subdivision if the individual:
   (1) in the case of an individual who votes in person[:  (i)], presents
 to the appropriate election inspector, clerk or  coordinator  a  current
 and valid GOVERNMENT ISSUED photo identification[; or
   (ii)  presents to the appropriate election inspector, clerk or coordi-
 nator a copy of a  current  utility  bill,  bank  statement,  government
 check,  paycheck,  or  other government document that shows the name and
 address of the voter]; or
   (2) in the case of an individual who votes by  mail,  submits  in  the
 outer  envelope with the envelope containing the ballot[: (i)] a copy of
 a current and valid GOVERNMENT ISSUED photo identification[; or

  EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                       [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                            LBD03703-01-3
              

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amy.greenan
9 months ago

I do not support this bill - photo ID should not be required to vote. However, I do think that IDs should be provided for free to those who cannot afford them.

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