|SAME AS||No Same As|
|Add §5-616, El L|
|Requires the state to enter into an agreement with an entity which shall share and process data that relates to the maintenance of the state's voter registration lists and provides regular reports to the state and authorizes state agencies to provide certain information to the entity.|
|04/28/2017||referred to election law|
|05/09/2017||amend (t) and recommit to election law|
|05/09/2017||print number 7502a|
|06/14/2017||amend (t) and recommit to election law|
|06/14/2017||print number 7502b|
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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: A7502B SPONSOR: Lifton
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the election law, in relation to allowing the state board of elections to enter into an agreement with an entity which shall share and process data that relates to the mainte- nance of the state's voter registration lists and provides regular reports to the state board of elections   PURPOSE: To improve the accuracy of the state's voter registration lists and require a commitment by the state to contact eligible, but unregistered, residents and residents with inaccurate or outdated registration infor- mation to educate them about updating their record.   SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1 identifies the basic parameters of an entity with which the state board of elections may enter into an agreement to increase the accuracies and efficiencies associated with the voter registration system, including minimum data comparison requirements and a requirement that the state board of elections contact eligible, but unregistered, voters and voters whose registration information is inaccurate or outdated. The bill requires designated state agencies, upon the state board of elections determination to proceed under subdivision 1, to transmit relevant voter registration information to the entity with which the state has contracted for the purpose of effectively serving the goals identified in subdivision 1 of this act. This information includes, but is not limited to, all name fields, all address fields, driver's license or state ID number, last four digits of social security number, date of birth, activity dates as defined by the entity contracted with, current record status, affirmative documentation of citizenship, the title/type of affirmative documentation of citizenship presented, phone number, and email address or other electronic contact method. Such data shall be ensured to be confidential, except as otherwise provided, and informa- tion concerning the citizenship status of individuals shall not be retained, used or shared for any other purpose. Section 2 states this act shall take effect immediately.   EXISTING LAW: None.   JUSTIFICATION: Following the 2016 primary and general election, concerns about the accuracy of New York's voter enrollment database and erroneous claims of voter fraud surfaced in the media and amongst the public. This legis- lation allows the state board of elections to collaborate with an external entity to compile the most accurate statewide voter registra- tion list possible. In addition to the requirements to contact unregis- tered, but eligible, voters, as well as voters whose registration infor- mation needs to be updated, this legislation seeks to improve the efficacy of our voter registration process, as well as improve voter turnout.   LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New bill.   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Between $25,000 - $50,000 annually.   EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediately.
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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 7502--B 2017-2018 Regular Sessions IN ASSEMBLY April 28, 2017 ___________ Introduced by M. of A. LIFTON -- read once and referred to the Committee on Election Law -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee -- again reported from said committee with amendments, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee AN ACT to amend the election law, in relation to allowing the state board of elections to enter into an agreement with an entity which shall share and process data that relates to the maintenance of the state's voter registration lists and provides regular reports to the state board of elections The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem- bly, do enact as follows: 1 Section 1. The election law is amended by adding a new section 5-616 2 to read as follows: 3 § 5-616. Statewide voter registration list maintenance. 1. The state 4 board of elections may enter into an agreement with an entity which 5 seeks to lessen the burdens of government by facilitating the collab- 6 oration of state and local government units to conduct research, develop 7 technology, and perform other charitable and educational activities 8 designed to reduce the costs and increase the accuracies and efficien- 9 cies associated with their use of voter registration systems. Such enti- 10 ty shall provide a service to the state which includes sharing and proc- 11 essing data that relates to the maintenance of the state's voter 12 registration lists. In order to ensure the accuracy of such a service, 13 an entity must, at a minimum, be able to compare the data contained 14 within the state voter registration list to data provided from one or 15 more additional state agencies. As part of any agreement entered into as 16 described in this section, the data shared between state agencies may be 17 shared with other states as long as the requirement to provide voter 18 registration data in addition to that from another state government 19 source is maintained for all states participating in such activity. The EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD10027-08-7A. 7502--B 2 1 entity must also be able to provide regular reports regarding the 2 results of such data comparison activities to the state on, at least, a 3 monthly basis. The state board of elections shall contact eligible but 4 unregistered residents identified by the entity to educate such resi- 5 dents on the most efficient means to register to vote and to contact 6 voters whose registration information is identified as inaccurate or 7 outdated to provide education on how to update the voter's record. 8 2. (a) Designated state agencies shall enter into a memorandum of 9 understanding with the state board of elections related to the provision 10 of information that is necessary to maintain the statewide voter regis- 11 tration list pursuant to any agreement entered into pursuant to subdivi- 12 sion one of this section. At a minimum, the memorandum of understanding 13 shall provide that a designated state agency shall provide necessary 14 information to maintain the voter registration list upon request by the 15 state board of elections; provided, however, that a designated state 16 agency shall not release information that is protected from disclosure 17 by law. 18 (b) The information transmitted by state agencies pursuant to para- 19 graph (a) of this subdivision shall include, but need not be limited to: 20 (1) all name fields; (2) all address fields; (3) driver's license or 21 state ID number; (4) last four digits of social security number; (5) 22 date of birth; (6) activity dates as defined by the entity contracted 23 with pursuant to subdivision one of this section; (7) current record 24 status; (8) affirmative documentation of citizenship; (9) the title/type 25 of affirmative documentation of citizenship presented; (10) phone 26 number; and (11) e-mail address or other electronic contact method. 27 (c) Designated agencies for purposes of this section shall include all 28 agencies designated as voter registration agencies in sections 5-211 and 29 5-212 of this article, as well as any other agency designated by the 30 state board of elections. 31 3. (a) Except as otherwise provided in this chapter, the state board 32 of elections shall ensure that any information or data provided to it 33 that is confidential in the possession of the state providing the data 34 remains confidential while in the possession of the state board. The 35 state board may provide such otherwise confidential information or data 36 to persons or organizations that are engaging in legitimate governmental 37 purposes related to the maintenance of the statewide voter registration 38 list. Any agreement entered into pursuant to subdivision one of this 39 section shall ensure that the entity maintain the confidentiality of 40 information or data provided by the state board to such entity which is 41 deemed confidential pursuant to this chapter. 42 (b) Information concerning the citizenship status of individuals, when 43 collected and transmitted pursuant to this subdivision, shall not be 44 retained, used or shared for any other purpose except as may be required 45 by law. 46 § 2. This act shall take effect immediately.