|SAME AS||SAME AS A06610|
|COSPNSR||HOYLMAN, LATIMER, PERKINS|
|Amd S5-212, El L|
|Relates to automatic voter registration.|
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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 5367 2015-2016 Regular Sessions IN SENATE May 14, 2015 ___________ Introduced by Sen. COMRIE -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Elections AN ACT to amend the election law, in relation to automatic voter regis- tration The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem- bly, do enact as follows: 1 Section 1. Subdivisions 1, 14 and 15 of section 5-212 of the election 2 law, as added by chapter 659 of the laws of 1994, are amended to read as 3 follows: 4 1. In addition to any other method of voter registration provided for 5 in this article, any qualified person may apply for registration and 6 enrollment either by application made simultaneously and integrated with 7 an application for a motor vehicle driver's license, a driver's license 8 renewal or an identification card if such a card is issued by the 9 department of motor vehicles in its normal course of business or by the 10 department of motor vehicles providing the appropriate board of 11 elections with electronic records of each person who qualifies to vote, 12 pursuant to subdivision twelve-a of this section. 13 14. The state board shall develop and distribute public information 14 and promotional materials relating to the purposes and implementation of 15 [ this program] these programs. 16 15. The state board shall prepare and distribute to the department of 17 motor vehicles written instructions as to the implementation of [ the18 program] these programs and shall be responsible for establishing train- 19 ing programs for employees of the department of motor vehicles involved 20 in such [ program] programs. 21 § 2. Section 5-212 of the election law is amended by adding a new 22 subdivision 12-a to read as follows: 23 12-a. In addition to completing an application for registration and 24 enrollment by application, a person may also be registered to vote in 25 the following manner: EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD10114-01-5S. 5367 2 1 (a) The department of motor vehicles shall establish a schedule by 2 which it provides to the state board of elections electronic records 3 containing the legal name, age, residence and citizenship information 4 for, and the electronic signature of, each person who is qualified to 5 vote under section 5-102 of this article. 6 (b) Upon receiving the electronic record for, and electronic signature 7 of, a person described in paragraph (a) of this subdivision, the state 8 board of elections shall provide the information to the appropriate 9 county board of elections in which the person may be registered as a 10 voter. The appropriate county board of elections shall send each person 11 a notification directing him or her to: 12 (i) decline being registered as a voter; or 13 (ii) adopt a political party affiliation. 14 (c) If a person notified under paragraph (b) of this subdivision does 15 not decline to be registered as a voter within twenty-one calendar days 16 after the county board of elections issues the notification, the 17 person's electronic record and electronic signature submitted under 18 paragraph (a) of this subdivision will constitute a completed registra- 19 tion application for the person for purposes of this section. The 20 person shall be registered to vote if the county board of elections 21 determines that the person is qualified to vote pursuant to section 22 5-102 of this article, and the person is not already registered to vote. 23 (d) A county board of elections may not send a ballot to, or add to a 24 voter registration list, a person who meets eligibility requirements 25 until at least twenty-one calendar days after the county board of 26 elections provided notification to the person as described in paragraph 27 (b) of this subdivision. 28 § 3. This act shall take effect on the ninetieth day after it shall 29 have become a law.