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A07502 Summary:

BILL NOA07502A
 
SAME ASNo Same As
 
SPONSORLifton
 
COSPNSR
 
MLTSPNSR
 
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.
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A07502 Actions:

BILL NOA07502A
 
04/28/2017referred to election law
05/09/2017amend (t) and recommit to election law
05/09/2017print number 7502a
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A07502 Memo:

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and require a commitment by the state to contact eligible, but unregistered, residents and residents with inaccurate or outdated registration infor- mation to educate them about updating their record.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of elections contact eligible, but unregistered, voters and voters whose registration information is inac- curate or outdated.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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A07502 Text:



 
                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.
                                                                   LBD10027-05-7

        A. 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.
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