|SAME AS||No Same As|
|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.|
|03/30/2015||referred to election law|
|01/06/2016||referred to election law|
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NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION
submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
BILL NUMBER: A6658 SPONSOR: Perry (MS)
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 partic- ipation 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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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 6658 2015-2016 Regular Sessions IN ASSEMBLY 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. LBD03281-01-5A. 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 § 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.