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SECTION 2014
Registration of voters
Education (EDN) CHAPTER 16, TITLE 2, ARTICLE 41, PART 1
§ 2014. Registration of voters. 1. In any union free school district,
the board of education may upon its own motion provide for the personal
registration of voters at school meetings or elections in such district
as provided in this section.

In such event, the board of education in such district shall
immediately designate four qualified voters of such district to
constitute a board of registration for such district to serve until the
thirtieth day following the next annual meeting or election of such
district. Thereafter, the board of education of such district shall
annually designate, not later than the thirtieth day following the
annual meeting or election of such district, four qualified voters of
such district to constitute a board of registration for such district.
Such members of the board of registration so appointed shall serve until
the thirtieth day after the annual meeting or election of such district
in the following year. In the event that a vacancy shall occur on the
board of registration, the board of education at any time may designate
a qualified voter of such district as a member of the board of
registration for such district to fill the vacancy.

Each member of the board of registration shall be entitled to
compensation at a rate to be fixed by the board of education for each
day actually and necessarily spent upon the duties of his office.

2. The board of registration of such district shall meet during the
annual meeting or election of such district at the place where such
annual meeting or election is held for the purpose of preparing a
register for meetings or elections held subsequent to such annual
meeting or election. Such board of registration of such district shall,
in addition, meet on such day or days as shall be fixed by the board of
education, the last day of which, however, shall not be more than
fourteen nor less than five days preceding each school meeting or
election in such district at such place in the school district, and at
such hours, as the board of education shall by resolution designate,
which hours shall include at least four consecutive hours between seven
o'clock in the morning and eight o'clock in the evening, for the purpose
of preparing a register for such meeting or election provided, however,
that at any annual meeting the majority of the voters may adopt a
resolution authorizing the registration of voters during the hours for
enrollment of children for a school term; provided further, however,
that such voters may also authorize registration during certain
specified hours of the school day, at the office of the district clerk
or business office of the school district by the district clerk,
assistant district clerk or a member of the board of registration. Such
registration shall not take place less than five days preceding any
school meeting or election. Such registration shall be effective to
include the next annual meeting and shall take place at the school or
schools within the district designated in the resolution. The register
shall, so far as practical, be in the same form as the register of
voters in an election district for general elections in a city or
village having five thousand inhabitants or more, under the election
law. The register shall be arranged alphabetically by the surnames, and
the place of residence by street and number or otherwise of each person
named on the list shall be given, or if none, some description
accurately locating such place of residence shall be given on such
register. In addition, the register shall have a column or columns in
which the inspectors of election may indicate whether each person named
on the list shall have voted in any election or elections or at any
meeting or meetings. The district clerk of such district shall attend
with the board of registration. The board of registration and the
district clerk, shall, for the annual meeting or election of the school
district, prepare a register of the qualified voters of such school
district who shall present themselves personally for registration. Such
board of registration shall in like manner prepare a register for each
special school meeting or election within such school district, except
that the register prepared at the last annual meeting or election and
the register or registers for any subsequent special meeting, meetings,
election, or elections in such school district shall be used by them as
the basis therefor. The register so prepared shall include all persons
who shall have presented themselves personally for registration in
accordance herewith and may include all persons who shall have been
previously registered hereunder for any annual or special meeting or
election and who shall have voted at any annual or special meeting or
any election held or conducted during the four calendar years prior to
the year in which such register is being prepared; and the board of
registration shall remove from the register all persons who are known to
be deceased, who have moved out of the school district or who are
otherwise not qualified as school district electors. The district clerk
shall furnish the necessary blank books and blanks at the expense of
such school district. School meetings and elections in such school
district shall be thereafter conducted in the manner provided by this
chapter, except that no person shall be entitled to vote thereat whose
name does not appear upon the register of the school district in which
he claims to be entitled to vote. In all cases, the board of education
shall cause the district clerk to give the notice required by
subdivision four of section two thousand four of this chapter.

3. The board of education may, upon its own motion and at least two
months prior to a school district meeting or election at which the same
is to be effective, revoke the provisions for personal registration
adopted as provided in this section. However, the board of education may
not thereafter provide for personal registration unless authorized by
the voters at a district meeting or election.

4. Whenever any union free school district in which personal
registration of voters at school meetings or elections therein is
required as provided in subdivision one of this section shall have been
divided into election districts pursuant to section two thousand
seventeen of this chapter, the board of education shall appoint a board
of registration pursuant to the provisions of subdivision one of this
section consisting of as many members as shall provide two for each
election district, shall designate a place in each such election
district and shall designate two members of the board of registration to
attend thereat for the purpose of preparing a register for such election
district. At the same time, the board of education shall designate the
registration place at which the district clerk shall attend. The
provisions of subdivisions one, two and three of this section shall
apply with respect to the registration of voters in such union free
school districts, except as may be inconsistent with the foregoing
provisions of this subdivision, and except that the notice provided to
be given by the district clerk in subdivision two of this section and
subdivision five and six of section two thousand four of this chapter
shall describe each of the election districts as required in subdivision
two of section two thousand seventeen and subdivision six of section two
thousand four of this chapter.

5. The provisions of this section shall not apply with respect to any
person registered to vote pursuant to the provisions of section three
hundred fifty-two of the election law.

6. In any case where a union free school district has provided for the
registration of voters during specified hours of the school day at the
office of the district clerk, assistant clerk or a member of the board
of registration, such school district's board of registration, at the
discretion of the board of education, may not be required to meet prior
to the annual meeting or election, or prior to a special meeting or
special election pursuant to subdivision two of this section, solely for
the purposes of registering voters.