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A00689 Summary:

COSPNSRCusick, Wright, Farrell, Gottfried, Weinstein, Glick, Brook-Krasny, Cymbrowitz, Aubry, Brennan, Lentol, Kavanagh, Weisenberg, Perry, Weprin, Mosley, Colton
MLTSPNSRAbinanti, Benedetto, Braunstein, Bronson, Buchwald, Cahill, Clark, Cook, DenDekker, Dinowitz, Englebright, Galef, Gunther, Hennessey, Hevesi, Jacobs, Jaffee, Kellner, Kim, Lavine, Lifton, Lupardo, Magnarelli, Markey, Mayer, McDonald, Miller, Millman, Morelle, Moya, O'Donnell, Otis, Paulin, Peoples-Stokes, Pichardo, Pretlow, Quart, Ramos, Roberts, Robinson, Rosenthal, Rozic, Russell, Santabarbara, Scarborough, Schimel, Sepulveda, Simotas, Skartados, Skoufis, Solages, Stirpe, Sweeney, Thiele, Titone
Amd SS3-400, 4-117, 8-102, 8-104 & 8-508, add Art 8 Title VI SS8-600 & 8-602, El L
Relates to early voting in the state of New York.
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A00689 Memo:

submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
SPONSOR: Silver (MS)
  TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the election law, in relation to early voting   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 'challenge report". 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 election. *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 ballot. 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: None   FISCAL IMPLICATION: 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.   EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the first of January next succeeding the date on which it shall have become a law.
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