BILL NO A02042B
SAME AS SAME AS S01992-B
SPONSOR Kavanagh (MS)
COSPNSR Galef, Scarborough, Ceretto, Roberts, Buchwald, Rosenthal, Sepulveda,
Lupardo, Fahy, Englebright, Abinanti, Stirpe, Kearns, Colton
MLTSPNSR Cahill, Clark, Gottfried, Hikind, Millman, Russell, Schimel,
Amd S5-500, add S5-507, El L
Relates to voter pre-registration and education on voter pre-registration.
BILL NO A02042B
01/09/2013 referred to election law
05/23/2013 amend and recommit to election law
05/23/2013 print number 2042a
06/04/2013 reported referred to ways and means
06/10/2013 reported referred to rules
06/11/2013 rules report cal.179
06/11/2013 ordered to third reading rules cal.179
06/13/2013 passed assembly
06/13/2013 delivered to senate
06/13/2013 REFERRED TO ELECTIONS
01/08/2014 DIED IN SENATE
01/08/2014 RETURNED TO ASSEMBLY
01/08/2014 ordered to third reading cal.112
01/22/2014 amended on third reading 2042b
03/10/2014 passed assembly
03/10/2014 delivered to senate
03/10/2014 REFERRED TO ELECTIONS
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the election law, in relation to voter
PURPOSE: To allow 16- and 17-year-olds to pre-register to vote.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section 1 of the bill amends subdivision 4 of section 5-500 of the
Election Law to add a new paragraph p that provides for the addition
of a space on the voter registration form for pre-registering
Section 2 of the bill amends the Election Law to add a new section
5-507. Section 5-507(1) allows a person who is at least 16-years-old,
and is otherwise qualified to register to vote, to pre-register to
vote, and makes the registration effective when the person reaches the
age of eligibility, following verification of the person's
qualifications and address.
Section 5-507(2) requires local boards of education to adopt policies
to promote student voter registration and pre-registration.
Section 3 of the bill sets forth the effective date.
JUSTIFICATION: Currently six states and the District of Columbia
allow 16-year-olds to pre-register to vote, and two more allow
17-year-olds to pre-register to vote.
This bill would add a section to the New York voter registration form
allowing 16- and 17-year olds to pre-register to vote. The boards of
elections would store this information and use it to register the
applicants when they reach the age of eligibility following
verification of their qualifications and address.
The age of 16 is a sensible time for the Department of Motor Vehicles
(DMV), high schools, and other agencies involved in voter registration
to begin making registration materials available and collecting the
information necessary to register new voters. A significant number of
people have their first interaction with the DMV when they are 16, and
it is an age where school is still compulsory in New York,
Pre-registration allows registration forms to be completed at a
convenient time for the individual rather than making them return to
the board of elections, the DMV, or another agency when they reach
In New York in 2004, only 57 percent of eligible voters between the
ages of 18 and 29 were registered ("Young Voter Registration and
Turnout Trends," Rock the Vote, 2004.) Pre-Registration is likely to
increase registration and participation in this age group. A 2009
study by the Pew Charitable Trusts found that pre-registration laws
did increase turnout when accompanied by outreach to young people.
Getting young people involved in the election process allows them to
form the habit of voting and contribute to civic life early on.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2013: A02042A (Kavanagh) - Passed Assembly 2012:
A97440 (Kavanagh) - Election Law 2011: A07440 (Kavanagh) - Election
FISCAL IMPACT ON THE STATE: Minimal.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the first of January
next succeeding the date on which it shall have become a law.
Effective immediately, the addition, amendment and/or repeal of any
rules or regulations necessary for the implementation of this act on
its effective date are authorized to be made on or before such date.
S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K
Cal. No. 112
2013-2014 Regular Sessions
I N A S S E M B L Y
January 9, 2013
Introduced by M. of A. KAVANAGH, GALEF, SCARBOROUGH, CERETTO, ROBERTS,
BUCHWALD, ROSENTHAL, SEPULVEDA, LUPARDO, FAHY, ENGLEBRIGHT, ABINANTI
-- Multi-Sponsored by -- M. of A. BOYLAND, CAHILL, CLARK, GOTTFRIED,
HIKIND, MILLMAN, RUSSELL, SCHIMEL -- read once and referred to the
Committee on Election Law -- committee discharged, bill amended,
ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee --
advanced to a third reading, amended and ordered reprinted, retaining
its place on the order of third reading
AN ACT to amend the election law, in relation to voter pre-registration
THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:
1 Section 1. Paragraph o of subdivision 4 of section 5-500 of the
2 election law, as amended by chapter 659 of the laws of 1994, is amended
3 and a new paragraph p is added to read as follows:
4 o. A space for "remarks" regarding other facts required by this chap-
5 ter to be recorded or appropriate to identify the voter[.];
6 P. A SPACE FOR PRE-REGISTERING APPLICANTS TO RESPOND TO THE FOLLOWING
7 QUESTION: "ARE YOU AT LEAST 16 YEARS OF AGE AND UNDERSTAND THAT YOU MUST
8 BE 18 YEARS OF AGE ON OR BEFORE ELECTION DAY TO VOTE, AND THAT UNTIL YOU
9 REACH THE AGE OF 18 YOUR REGISTRATION WILL BE MARKED AS 'PENDING' AND
10 YOU WILL BE UNABLE TO CAST A BALLOT IN ANY ELECTION?"
11 S 2. The election law is amended by adding a new section 5-507 to read
12 as follows:
13 S 5-507. VOTER PRE-REGISTRATION AND EDUCATION ON VOTER PRE-REGISTRA-
14 TION. 1. PRE-REGISTRATION. A PERSON WHO IS AT LEAST SIXTEEN YEARS OF
15 AGE AND WHO IS OTHERWISE QUALIFIED TO REGISTER TO VOTE MAY PRE-REGISTER
16 TO VOTE, AND SHALL BE AUTOMATICALLY REGISTERED UPON REACHING THE AGE OF
17 ELIGIBILITY, FOLLOWING VERIFICATION OF THE PERSON'S QUALIFICATIONS AND
EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
[ ] is old law to be omitted.
A. 2042--B 2
1 2. ENCOURAGEMENT OF STUDENT VOTER REGISTRATION AND PRE-REGISTRATION.
2 LOCAL BOARDS OF EDUCATION ARE REQUIRED TO ADOPT POLICIES TO PROMOTE
3 STUDENT VOTER REGISTRATION AND PRE-REGISTRATION. THESE POLICIES MAY
4 INCLUDE COLLABORATION WITH COUNTY BOARDS OF ELECTIONS TO CONDUCT VOTER
5 REGISTRATION AND PRE-REGISTRATION IN HIGH SCHOOLS. COMPLETION AND
6 SUBMISSION OF VOTER REGISTRATION OR PRE-REGISTRATION FORMS SHALL NOT BE
7 A COURSE REQUIREMENT OR GRADED ASSIGNMENT FOR STUDENTS.
8 S 3. This act shall take effect on the first of January next succeed-
9 ing the date on which it shall have become a law. Effective immediate-
10 ly, the addition, amendment and/or repeal of any rules or regulations
11 necessary for the implementation of this act on its effective date are
12 authorized to be made on or before such date.