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A07502 Summary:

BILL NOA07502C
 
SAME ASNo Same As
 
SPONSORLifton
 
COSPNSR
 
MLTSPNSR
 
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.
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A07502 Actions:

BILL NOA07502C
 
04/28/2017referred to election law
05/09/2017amend (t) and recommit to election law
05/09/2017print number 7502a
06/14/2017amend (t) and recommit to election law
06/14/2017print number 7502b
01/03/2018referred to election law
06/06/2018reported referred to ways and means
06/14/2018amend and recommit to ways and means
06/14/2018print number 7502c
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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: A7502C
 
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.   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. 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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A07502 Text:



 
                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                         7502--C
 
                               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 -- reported and referred  to
          the Committee on Ways and Means -- 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 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
 
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD10027-09-8

        A. 7502--C                          2
 
     1  registration  data  in  addition  to  that from another state government
     2  source is maintained for all states participating in such activity.  The
     3  entity  must  also  be  able  to  provide  regular reports regarding the
     4  results  of such data comparison activities to the state on, at least, a
     5  monthly basis.
     6    2. (a) Designated state agencies shall  enter  into  a  memorandum  of
     7  understanding with the state board of elections related to the provision
     8  of  information that is necessary to maintain the statewide voter regis-
     9  tration list pursuant to any agreement entered into pursuant to subdivi-
    10  sion one of this section. At a minimum, the memorandum of  understanding
    11  shall  provide  that  a  designated state agency shall provide necessary
    12  information to maintain the voter registration list upon request by  the
    13  state  board  of  elections;  provided, however, that a designated state
    14  agency shall not release information that is protected  from  disclosure
    15  by law.
    16    (b)  The  information  transmitted by state agencies pursuant to para-
    17  graph (a) of this subdivision shall include, but need not be limited to:
    18  (1) all name fields; (2) all address fields;  (3)  driver's  license  or
    19  state  ID  number;  (4)  last four digits of social security number; (5)
    20  date of birth; (6) activity dates as defined by  the  entity  contracted
    21  with  pursuant  to  subdivision  one of this section; (7) current record
    22  status; (8) affirmative documentation of citizenship; (9) the title/type
    23  of  affirmative  documentation  of  citizenship  presented;  (10)  phone
    24  number; and (11) e-mail address or other electronic contact method.
    25    (c) Designated agencies for purposes of this section shall include all
    26  agencies designated as voter registration agencies in sections 5-211 and
    27  5-212  of  this  article,  as well as any other agency designated by the
    28  state board of elections.
    29    3. (a) Except as otherwise provided in this chapter, the  state  board
    30  of  elections  shall  ensure that any information or data provided to it
    31  that is confidential in the possession of the state providing  the  data
    32  remains  confidential  while  in  the possession of the state board. The
    33  state board may provide such otherwise confidential information or  data
    34  to persons or organizations that are engaging in legitimate governmental
    35  purposes  related to the maintenance of the statewide voter registration
    36  list. Any agreement entered into pursuant to  subdivision  one  of  this
    37  section  shall  ensure  that  the entity maintain the confidentiality of
    38  information or data provided by the state board to such entity which  is
    39  deemed confidential pursuant to this chapter.
    40    (b) Information concerning the citizenship status of individuals, when
    41  collected  and  transmitted  pursuant  to this subdivision, shall not be
    42  retained, used or shared for any other purpose except as may be required
    43  by law.
    44    § 2. This act shall take effect immediately.
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