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A10008 Summary:

BILL NOA10008
 
SAME ASNo Same As
 
SPONSORStirpe
 
COSPNSR
 
MLTSPNSR
 
Amd 1-104 & 3-102, El L
 
Relates to providing timely written notice of closed primary party rules to newly registered voters; defines the terms "newly registered voter" and "written notice" and sets out what information the board of elections is required to provide to newly registered voters about closed primaries.
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A10008 Memo:

NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION
submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
 
BILL NUMBER: A10008
 
SPONSOR: Stirpe
  TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the election law, in relation to providing written notice of closed primary party rules to newly regis- tered voters   PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: The purpose of this bill is to give registered voters written notice of the closed primary system in New York State in order to prevent voter disenfranchisement due to unawareness of primary election rules.   SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Provision one defines newly registered voters as any person in New York State who has registered to vote after the effective date of this act. It also provides a definition for written notice as a statement from the Commissioner of the State Board of Elections. Provision two stipulates in the election law that the board of elections, by law, must explain to newly registered voters in a timely manner what a closed primary election is, how party affiliation is related to the closed primary, and dates for which they need to enroll in a party if necessary.   JUSTIFICATION: As one of 11 states to hold a closed primary, New York has recently come into controversy due to the fact that 3 million voters could not vote in the 2016 presidential primary election. Many registered voters register unaffiliated or with a non-major party not knowing it prevents them from voting in closed primaries. By notifying newly registered voters of these party rules, the state board of elections will have done their due diligence in order to encourage more citizens to vote.   LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New bill.   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To be determined   EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediately.
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