NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
BILL NUMBER: A689A
SPONSOR: Silver (MS)
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the election law, in relation to early
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:
The purpose of this bill is to establish early voting in primary, gener-
al and special elections in the State of New York.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
Section 1 of the bill amends § 3-400(9) of the election law to provide
that election inspectors and poll clerks, if necessary, at early voting
locations shall be local board of elections employees or duly appointed
individuals as chosen by the commissioners of such board of elections on
an equal and bipartisan basis under law.
Section 2 of the bill amends § 4-117 of the election law to ensure that
early voting information, including days, hours and locations are mailed
to registered voters as part of the "mail check" process,'
Section 3 of the bill amends § 8-104 of the election law to add a new
Paragraph (k) which provides that voting at all early voting sites shall
be conducted in the same manner as on election day.
Section 4 of the bill amends § 8-104 by adding a new subdivision 7 to
require that the same polling place protocols that are observed on
election day be extended to all early voting days.
Section 5 of the bill amends § 8-508(2)(b) of the election law to
provide that a space for challenged early voters be included on the
Section 6 of the bill adds a new title VI (§ 8-600 & 8-602) to the
election law entitled "Early Voting" and sets forth the parameters of
such early voting.
§ 8-600 states:
*Early voting shall take run from the third Thursday before a general
election until the Thursday before the general election.
*Early voting shall Lake run from the second Thursday before a primary
or special election until the Thursday before the primary or special
*Local boards of elections shall designate at least four polling places
in each county for early voting (5 including the board of elections
itself) and that such polling places shall be geographically located so
as to provide all voters in each county an equal opportunity to cast a
It is time that New York State joins the 32 other states and the
District of Columbia and institute early voting. All New Yorkers,
regardless of work schedule or personal and professional commitments
should have the ability to vote in each and every election. Early voting
will make voting easier, more convenient, and most importantly, more
accessible in our State.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
There will be additional costs associated with staffing early voting
locations as well as with printing and counting paper ballots associated
with early voting, in addition to other unstated costs.
This act shall take effect on the first of January next succeeding the
date on which it shall have become a law.