|SAME AS||No Same As|
|Add §5-616, El L|
|Requires the state to enter into a contract 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|
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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: A7502A SPONSOR: Lifton
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the election law, in relation to allowing the state board of elections to enter into a contract 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and require a commitment by the state to contact eligible, but unregistered, residents and residents with inaccurate or outdated registration infor- mation to educate them about updating their record.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 contract to increase the accuracies and efficiencies associated with the voter registration system, including a requirement that the state board of elections contact eligible, but unregistered, voters and voters whose registration information is inac- curate or outdated. The bill requires the governor, upon the state board of elections deter- mination to proceed under subdivision 1, to authorize state agencies 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. 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--A 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 AN ACT to amend the election law, in relation to allowing the state board of elections to enter into a contract 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 board 4 of elections may enter into a contract with an entity which seeks to 5 lessen the burdens of government by facilitating the collaboration of 6 state and local government units to conduct research, develop technolo- 7 gy, and perform other civic and educational activities designed to 8 reduce the costs and increase the accuracies and efficiencies associated 9 with their use of voter registration systems. Such entity shall provide 10 a service to the state which includes sharing and processing data that 11 relates to the maintenance of the state's voter registration lists and 12 providing regular reports to the board of elections on, at least, a 13 monthly basis. The board of elections shall contact eligible but unreg- 14 istered residents identified by the voter registration system to educate 15 such residents on the most efficient means to register to vote and to 16 contact voters whose registration information is identified as inaccu- 17 rate or outdated to provide education on how to update the voter's 18 record. 19 2. (a) If the board of elections determines to proceed pursuant to 20 subdivision one of this section, the governor shall authorize state 21 agencies to transmit to the entity with which the board of elections EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD10027-05-7A. 7502--A 2 1 contracts pursuant to subdivision one of this section: (1) all inactive 2 and active voter files, excluding those records that are confidential or 3 protected from disclosure by law; (2) all licensing or identification 4 records contained in the motor vehicle database, excluding those fields 5 unrelated to voter eligibility, such as fields related to an individ- 6 ual's driving record; and (3) any other data requested by the entity or 7 which the governor believes is equivalent to or better than the motor 8 vehicle database. Such records and data will allow the entity contracted 9 with to effectively collaborate with the state board of elections pursu- 10 ant to subdivision one of this section. 11 (b) The information transmitted by state agencies pursuant to para- 12 graph (a) of this subdivision shall include, but need not be limited to: 13 (1) all name fields; (2) all address fields; (3) driver's license or 14 state ID number; (4) last four digits of social security number; (5) 15 date of birth; (6) activity dates as defined by the entity contracted 16 with pursuant to subdivision one of this section; (7) current record 17 status; (8) affirmative documentation of citizenship; (9) the title/type 18 of affirmative documentation of citizenship presented; (10) phone 19 number; and (11) e-mail address or other electronic contact method. 20 § 2. This act shall take effect immediately.