A06658 Summary:

BILL NO    A06658 

SAME AS    No same as 

SPONSOR    Perry (MS)

COSPNSR    Kavanagh

MLTSPNSR   Hooper, Ortiz, Wright

Amd S4-117, El L

Requires the board of elections to print in bold type of at least sixteen point
font the date and time of all upcoming primary and general elections on address
verification notices sent out prior to elections.
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A06658 Actions:

BILL NO    A06658 

03/30/2015 referred to election law
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A06658 Votes:

There are no votes for this bill in this legislative session.
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A06658 Memo:

BILL NUMBER:A6658

TITLE OF BILL:  An act to amend the election law, in relation to the
notice of the days and hours for voting in primary and general
elections

PURPOSE:

To help increase voter participation by requiring the Board of
Elections to print the date and time of all upcoming Primary and
General Elections in bold type of at least sixteen points on address
verification notices sent out prior to elections

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:

This bill amends section 1. subdivision 1 of section 5-712 of the
election law, as separately amended by chapters 263 and 396 of the
laws of 1991, and requires the Board of Elections to print the date
and time of upcoming Primary and General Elections in bold type of at
least sixteen points in notices sent to every registered voter, forty
days before the first day of local registration. "Such communication
is a routine check to ascertain whether such voter still resides at
this registered address".

JUSTIFICATION:

The Board of Elections is required to mail out notices which serve the
purposes of both verifying the residence of the voter and informing
the voter of the dates of Primary and General Elections, and the
location for voting in some cases. In urban areas such as NYC where
voter participation is low, particularly in primary elections, these
notices should serve as clear and timely reminders to voters who often
forget primary election dates. Moreover, mail from the Board of
Elections is routinely discarded as junk mail.Since the dates of the
Primary and General Elections are not usually in easily
distinguishable bold type, voters who glance at the notices often miss
this vital information. This bill seeks to increase the likelihood
that voters will greater notice these important dates.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

2013-2014 A4490
2011-2012 A3173
2009-2010 A3549
2007-2008 A4097
2005-2006 A3807
2003-2004 A5130
2001-2002 A3590
1999-2000 A1016
1997-1998 A3258
1995-1996 A6185-A

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

None to the State.


EFFECTIVE DATE:

This act shall take effect on the first of December next succeeding
the date on which it shall have become a law.
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A06658 Text:

                           S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
       ________________________________________________________________________

                                         6658

                              2015-2016 Regular Sessions

                                 I N  A S S E M B L Y

                                    March 30, 2015
                                      ___________

       Introduced by M. of A. PERRY, KAVANAGH -- Multi-Sponsored by -- M. of A.
         HOOPER,  ORTIZ,  SCARBOROUGH,  WRIGHT -- read once and referred to the
         Committee on Election Law

       AN ACT to amend the election law, in relation to the notice of the  days
         and hours for voting in primary and general elections

         THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
       BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

    1    Section 1. Subdivision 1 of section 4-117  of  the  election  law,  as
    2  amended  by  chapter  288  of  the  laws  of 2009, is amended to read as
    3  follows:
    4    1. The board of elections, between August first and  August  fifth  of
    5  each  year, shall send by first class mail on which is endorsed "ADDRESS
    6  CORRECTION REQUESTED" and which contains a request that  any  such  mail
    7  received  for persons not residing at the address be dropped back in the
    8  mail, a communication,  in  a  form  approved  by  the  state  board  of
    9  elections,  to  every registered voter who has been registered without a
   10  change of address since the beginning of  such  year,  except  that  the
   11  board  of elections shall not be required to send such communications to
   12  voters in inactive status. The communication shall notify the  voter  IN
   13  BOLD  PRINT  OF  AT LEAST SIXTEEN POINT FONT CONTAINED IN SUCH NOTICE of
   14  the days and hours of the ensuing primary  and  general  elections,  the
   15  place  where  he  appears  by his registration records to be entitled to
   16  vote, AND ALSO IN OTHER THAN BOLD TYPE OF the fact that voters who  have
   17  moved  or  will  have moved from the address where they were last regis-
   18  tered must re-register or, that if such move was to another  address  in
   19  the  same county or city, that such voter may either notify the board of
   20  elections of his new address or vote by  paper  ballot  at  the  polling
   21  place  for  his new address even if such voter has not re-registered, or
   22  otherwise notified the board of elections of the change of  address.  If
   23  the  location of the polling place for the voter's election district has
   24  been moved, the communication shall contain the following legend in bold

        EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                             [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                  LBD03281-01-5
       A. 6658                             2

    1  type: "YOUR POLLING PLACE HAS BEEN CHANGED. YOU NOW VOTE  AT..........".
    2  The  communication  shall  also  indicate  whether  the polling place is
    3  accessible to physically disabled voters, that a voter who will  be  out
    4  of the city or county on the day of the primary or general election or a
    5  voter  who  is ill or physically disabled may obtain an absentee ballot,
    6  that a physically disabled voter whose polling place is  not  accessible
    7  may  request  that  his  registration  record  be  moved  to an election
    8  district which has a polling place which is accessible, the phone number
    9  to call for applications to move a registration record or  for  absentee
   10  ballot applications, the phone number to call for the location of regis-
   11  tration  and  polling  places, the phone number to call to indicate that
   12  the voter is willing to serve on election day as an election  inspector,
   13  poll clerk, interpreter or in other capacities, the phone number to call
   14  to obtain an application for registration by mail, and such other infor-
   15  mation  concerning  the  elections  or  registration  as  the  board may
   16  include. In lieu of  sending  such  communication  to  every  registered
   17  voter,  the  board  of  elections  may  send a single communication to a
   18  household containing more than one registered voter, provided  that  the
   19  names  of all such voters appear as part of the address on such communi-
   20  cation.
   21    S 2. This act shall take effect on the first of December next succeed-
   22  ing the date on which it shall have become a law.
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