Addabbo’s Election Law Bills Signed in Law by Governor
New York State Senate Member
Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr.
Howard Beach, NY 11414
For Immediate Release
Contact ……………………… Patricia A. McCabe, 718-738-1111
ADDABBO’S ELECTION LAW BILLS
SIGNED IN LAW BY GOVERNOR
State Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr., Chairman of the New York State
Senate Elections Committee, announced that two Election Law bills he has introduced
in the Senate have been signed in law by Governor David A. Paterson.
Senate Bill S5448 provides that all ballots printed for use on a voting system
approved by the state board of elections may be printed and arranged in a manner
which would permit them to be counted by such machine; ensures ballots can be
configured in a manner that will allow scanners to sufficiently and adequately discern
votes cast by voters and eliminates outdated ballot layout provisions.
The bill permits ballots for use in voting systems approved by the
State Board of Elections to be printed and arranged in a manner that
would permit them to be counted on such system. It also repeals
Election Law section 8-310 to eliminate the antiquated processes
therein, and amends Election Law section 8-312 to allow the State
Board to promulgate rules and regulations for the manner of delivery
of paper ballots to the voter.
The Law amends Election Law section 7-121 to provide that all
ballots printed for use on a voting system approved by the State Board
of Elections may be printed and arranged in a manner which would
permit them to be counted by such machine and repeals Election Law section 8-310,
which pertains to the manner of delivery of paper ballots to voters.
The Law also amends Election Law section 8-312 to add a new subdivision
6, which authorizes the state board of elections to adopt rules and
regulations for the manner of delivery of paper ballots to the voter.
The Law takes effect immediately.
Addabbo said that although New York's full face ballot requirements remain
intact, with the implementation of optical scan voting systems in poll sites the
information on ballots must be configured in a manner that will allow
scanners to sufficiently and adequately discern votes cast by the
Ballot information includes instructions to voters, a variety of
shapes for voting positions, candidates names, party endorsements,
office titles, ballot proposals, party emblems, "vote for:"
information, terms of office and other similar information.
“The processes found in Election Law section 8-310 are outdated and no
longer serve the needs of elections administrators and election day
workers,” said Addabbo.
Amending section 8-312 by adding a new subdivision 6 authorizes the
State Board of Elections to promulgate and modify regulations as
necessary as new voting systems are deployed throughout the state.
This will ensure common practices across the State, including with
respect to ballot accountability, security and chain of custody.
Senate Bill S4243
relates to the qualifications used by the board of elections for