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A07502 Summary:

BILL NOA07502B
 
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 NOA07502B
 
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
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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: 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and require a commitment by the state to contact eligible, but unregistered, residents and residents with inaccurate or outdated registration infor- mation to educate them about updating their record.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of elections contact eligible, but unregistered, voters and voters whose registration information is inaccurate or outdated.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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A07502 Text:



 
                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.
                                                                   LBD10027-08-7

        A. 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.
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