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|Enacts the "Modernized voter registration act of New York."|
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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 8305 2015-2016 Regular Sessions IN ASSEMBLY June 19, 2015 ___________ Introduced by M. of A. WALKER -- read once and referred to the Committee on Election Law AN ACT to amend the election law, in relation to enacting the "Modern- ized Voter Registration Act of New York" The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem- bly, do enact as follows: 1 Section 1. This act shall be known and may be cited as the "Modernized 2 Voter Registration Act of New York". 3 § 2. The election law is amended by adding four new sections 5-200, 4 5-201, 5-205 and 5-207 to read as follows: 5 § 5-200. Automated voter registration. 1. Notwithstanding any other 6 manner of registration required by this article, each person in the 7 state qualified to vote pursuant to section 5-102 of this article, shall 8 be automatically registered to vote as provided in this section, 9 provided that the person consents to voter registration. 10 2. The state board of elections or county board of elections shall 11 register to vote or update the registration record of any person in the 12 state qualified to vote pursuant to section 5-102 of this article who 13 consents to the registration or update and does any of the following: 14 (a) completes an application for a new or renewed driver's license, 15 non-driver identification card, pre-licensing course certificate, 16 learner's permit or certification of supervised driving with the depart- 17 ment of motor vehicles, or notifies such department in writing of a 18 change of his or her name or address; 19 (b) completes an application for services, renewal or recertification 20 for services, or change of address relating to such services from agen- 21 cies designated in section 5-211 of this title; 22 (c) completes an application for services, renewal or recertification 23 for services, or change of address relating to such services from any 24 municipal housing authority as set forth in article thirteen of the 25 public housing law; EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD11698-01-5A. 8305 2 1 (d) registers for classes at institutions of the state university of 2 New York and the city university of New York; 3 (e) completes a maximum sentence of imprisonment or is discharged from 4 parole; 5 (f) completes an application for unemployment insurance; 6 (g) becomes a member or employee of the division of military and naval 7 affairs; or 8 (h) completes an application with any other state or federal agency 9 designated as a source agency pursuant to paragraph (b) of subdivision 10 three of this section. 11 3. (a) The term "source agency" includes the department of motor vehi- 12 cles, any government agency designated pursuant to section 5-211 of this 13 title, the state university of New York and the city university of New 14 York, all public housing authorities listed in article thirteen of the 15 public housing law, the department of corrections and community super- 16 vision, the department of labor, the division of military and naval 17 affairs and any agency designated by the state board of elections pursu- 18 ant to paragraph (b) of this subdivision. 19 (b) The state board of elections may designate additional state agen- 20 cies to serve as sources for voter registration. In designating an agen- 21 cy under this paragraph, the state board of elections shall consider: 22 (i) the likelihood that source records reflect a large number of 23 eligible citizens; 24 (ii) the extent to which source records reflect eligible citizens who 25 would not otherwise be registered under the act to modernize voter 26 registration; 27 (iii) the accuracy of personal identification data in source records; 28 and 29 (iv) any additional factors designated by the chief election official 30 as reasonably related to accomplishing the purposes of the act to 31 modernize voter registration. 32 4. The state board of elections and the source agencies shall enter 33 into agreements to ensure that for each person described in subdivision 34 two of this section, each source agency electronically transmits to the 35 state or local boards of elections the following information in a format 36 that can be read by the computerized statewide voter registration list: 37 (a) given name or names and surname of surnames; 38 (b) mailing address and residential address; 39 (c) date of birth; 40 (d) citizenship; 41 (e) driver's license or non-driver identification card number, last 42 four digits of the person's social security number, or a space for the 43 person to indicate that her or she doesn't not have any such number; 44 (f) political party enrollment, if any; 45 (g) an indication that the person intends to apply for an absentee 46 ballot, if any; and 47 (h) an image of the person's signature. 48 In the event that any transmission of data pursuant to this section 49 fails to include an image of an individual's signature, the absence of a 50 signature shall not preclude the registration of an eligible citizen. 51 The board of elections shall develop procedures to enable an eligible 52 citizen, whose information is transmitted pursuant to this section and 53 whose information lacks an electronic signature, to provide a signature 54 at the polling place or with an application for an absentee ballot 55 before voting. The board may require an elector who has not provided a 56 signature before arriving at the polling place or submitting an absenteeA. 8305 3 1 ballot to present a current and valid photo identification or a copy of 2 a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or 3 other government document that shows the name and address of the voter. 4 5. If an agency does not routinely request information concerning the 5 citizenship status of individuals, it shall maintain records sufficient 6 to transmit to the board indications of United States citizenship for 7 each person described in subdivision two of this section, but shall not 8 retain, use, or share any such information relating to an individual's 9 citizenship for any other purpose. 10 6. The state board of elections shall prepare and distribute to 11 participating agencies written instructions as to the implementation of 12 the program and shall be responsible for establishing training programs 13 for employees of source agencies listed in this section. Training shall 14 include requirements that employees of any source agency communicate to 15 each individual identified in subdivision two of this section that the 16 source agency maintains strict neutrality with respect to a person's 17 party enrollment and all persons seeking voter registration forms and 18 information shall be advised that government services are not condi- 19 tioned on being registered to vote, or eligibility to register to vote. 20 No statement shall be made nor any action taken to discourage the appli- 21 cant from registering to vote. 22 7. The agreements between the state board of elections and the source 23 agencies shall include the format in which information will be transmit- 24 ted, whether and how each entity will collect, in addition to the manda- 25 tory information listed in subdivision four of this section, additional 26 information on a voluntary basis from persons for the purpose of facili- 27 tating voter registration, the frequency of data transmissions, the 28 procedures, and other measures that will be used to ensure the security 29 and privacy of the information transmitted, and any other matter neces- 30 sary or helpful to implement the requirements of this section. 31 8. Each source agency shall cooperate with the state board of 32 elections and county board of elections to facilitate the voter regis- 33 tration of each person described in subdivision two of this section, and 34 to electronically transmit the information needed to register each such 35 person to vote or to update each such person's voter registration 36 record. 37 9. Each source agency shall enter into an agreement with the state 38 board of elections finalizing the format and content of electronic tran- 39 smissions required by this section no later than September first, two 40 thousand seventeen; provided, that each source agency shall be able to 41 comply fully with all requirements of this section, including the 42 collection and transmission of all data required to register individuals 43 to vote, by January first, two thousand eighteen. 44 § 5-201. Same day registration. Each county shall allow any eligible 45 individual on the day of an election and on any day when voting, includ- 46 ing early voting, to register to vote in such election at the polling 47 place and to cast a vote in such election. 48 § 5-205. Internet registration. 1. The board shall ensure that the 49 following services are available to the public at any time on the offi- 50 cial public websites of the appropriate county or municipality, in the 51 same manner and subject to the same terms and conditions as the services 52 provided by voter registration regulations: (a) online application for 53 voter registration; (b) online assistance to applicants in applying to 54 register to vote; (c) online completion and submission by applicants of 55 the mail voter registration application including assistance withA. 8305 4 1 providing a signature in electronic form; and (d) online receipt of 2 completed voter registration applications. 3 2. Any county or municipality shall accept an online voter registra- 4 tion application provided by an individual under this section, and 5 ensure that the individual is registered to vote in the state, if (a) 6 the individual meets the same voter registration requirements applicable 7 to individuals who register to vote by mail in accordance with the law 8 using the mail voter registration application form and (b) the individ- 9 ual provides a signature in electronic form. 10 3. For purposes of this section, an individual provides a signature in 11 electronic form by (a) executing a computerized mark in the signature 12 field on an online voter registration application; or 13 (b) submitting with the application an electronic copy of the individ- 14 ual's handwritten signature through electronic means. 15 4. (a) Upon the online submission of a completed voter registration 16 application by an individual under this section, the appropriate state 17 or local election official shall send the individual a notice confirming 18 the state's receipt of the application and providing instructions on how 19 the individual may check the status of the application, and (b) as soon 20 as the appropriate election official has approved or rejected an appli- 21 cation submitted by an individual under this section, the official shall 22 send the individual a notice of the disposition of the application. 23 5. Any county or municipality shall make the services made available 24 online under subdivision one of this section available through the use 25 of an automated telephone-based system, subject to the same terms and 26 conditions applicable under this section to the services made available 27 online, in addition to making the services available online in accord- 28 ance with the requirements of this section. 29 § 5-207. Updating registration information through the internet. 1. 30 The board shall ensure that any registered voter on the computerized 31 list may at any time update the voter's registration information, 32 including the voter's address and electronic mail address, online 33 through the official public website of the election official responsible 34 for the maintenance of the list, so long as the voter attests to the 35 contents of the update by providing a signature in electronic form in 36 the same manner required under the law. 37 2. Applications for voter registration shall provide an option for 38 voters to receive voter information and future registration information 39 and correspondence by email. 40 3. The board of elections shall notify every registered voter of the 41 option to register and make changes to their voter information electron- 42 ically. 43 § 3. Paragraphs (g) and (k) of subdivision 5 of section 5-210 of the 44 election law, as amended by chapter 179 of the laws of 2005, subpara- 45 graph (xii) of paragraph (k) as added by chapter 362 of the laws of 46 2008, are amended and a new paragraph (n) is added to read as follows: 47 (g) Notice that the applicant must be a citizen of the United States, 48 [ is or will be at least eighteen years old not later than December thir-49 ty-first of the calendar year in which he or she registers] at least 50 sixteen years old when he or she submits an application to register to 51 vote and a resident of the county or city to which application is made. 52 (k) The form shall also include space for the following information, 53 which must be contained on the inside of the form after it is folded for 54 mailing: 55 (i) A space for the applicant to indicate whether or not he or she has 56 ever voted or registered to vote before and, if so, the approximate yearA. 8305 5 1 in which such applicant last voted or registered and his or her name and 2 address at the time. 3 (ii) The name and residence address of the applicant including the zip 4 code and apartment number, if any. 5 (iii) The date of birth of the applicant. 6 (iv) A space for the applicant to indicate his or her driver's license 7 or department of motor vehicles non-driver photo ID number or the last 8 four digits of his or her social security number or, if the applicant 9 does not have either such number, a space for the applicant to indicate 10 he or she does not have either. 11 (v) A space for the applicant to indicate whether or not he or she is 12 a citizen of the United States and the statement "If you checked "no" in 13 response to this question, do not complete this form." 14 (vi) [ A space for the applicant to answer the question "Will you be 1815 years of age on or before election day?" and the statement "If you16 checked "no" in response to this question, do not complete this form17 unless you will be 18 by the end of the year."18 (vii)] A statement informing the applicant that if the form is submit- 19 ted by mail and the applicant is registering for the first time, certain 20 information or documents must be submitted with the mail-in registration 21 form in order to avoid additional identification requirements upon 22 voting for the first time. Such information and documents are: 23 (A) a driver's license or department of motor vehicles non-driver 24 photo ID number; or 25 (B) the last four digits of the individual's social security number; 26 or 27 (C) a copy of a current and valid photo identification; or 28 (D) a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government 29 check, paycheck or other government document that shows the name and 30 address of the voter. 31 [ (viii)] (vii) The gender of the applicant (optional). 32 [ (ix)] (viii) A space for the applicant to indicate his or her choice 33 of party enrollment, with a clear alternative provided for the applicant 34 to decline to affiliate with any party. 35 [ (x)] (ix) The telephone number of the applicant (optional). 36 [ (xi)] (x) A place for the applicant to execute the form on a line 37 which is clearly labeled "signature of applicant" preceded by the 38 following specific form of affirmation: 39 AFFIDAVIT: I swear or affirm that: 40 * I am a citizen of the United States. 41 * I will have lived in the county, city, or village for at least 30 42 days before the election. 43 * I meet all the requirements to register to vote in New York 44 State. 45 * This is my signature or mark on the line below. 46 * All the information contained on this application is true. I 47 understand that if it is not true I can be convicted and fined up 48 to $5,000 and/or jailed for up to four years. 49 which form of affirmation shall be followed by a space for the date and 50 the aforementioned line for the applicant's signature. 51 [ (xii)] (xi) A space for the applicant to register in the New York 52 state donate life registry for organ and tissue donations established 53 pursuant to section forty-three hundred ten of the public health law. 54 (xii) The email address of the applicant (optional). 55 (n) Agreements adopted pursuant to section 5-200 of this title between 56 source agencies and the state or county boards of elections are notA. 8305 6 1 required to include the collection or transmission of the information 2 requested in paragraph (j) or subparagraph (i), (vii), (ix) or (xi) of 3 paragraph (k) of this subdivision, and no board of elections shall 4 refuse to register to vote or update the registration record of any 5 person in the state whose information is transmitted pursuant to section 6 5-200 of this title for the reason that such information does not 7 include the information requested by paragraph (j) or subparagraph (i), 8 (vii), (viii), (ix) or (xi) of paragraph (k) of this subdivision. 9 § 4. This act shall take effect immediately.