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A00694 Summary:

BILL NOA00694
 
SAME ASSAME AS S01054
 
SPONSORRozic
 
COSPNSRColton, Galef, Gottfried
 
MLTSPNSR
 
Amd §5-211, El L
 
Makes the following participating agencies for purposes of agency assisted voter registration: public libraries, local housing authorities, and public high schools; directs the state board of elections to promulgate rules and regulations for implementation.
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A00694 Text:



 
                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                           694
 
                               2021-2022 Regular Sessions
 
                   IN ASSEMBLY
 
                                       (Prefiled)
 
                                     January 6, 2021
                                       ___________
 
        Introduced  by M. of A. ROZIC, COLTON, GALEF, GOTTFRIED -- read once and
          referred to the Committee on Election Law
 
        AN ACT to amend the election law, in relation to designating  additional
          participating agencies for purposes of agency assisted voter registra-
          tion

          The  People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
 
     1    Section 1. The opening paragraph of section 5-211 of the election law,
     2  as separately amended by chapters 587 and 672 of the laws  of  2019,  is
     3  amended to read as follows:
     4    Each  agency designated as a participating agency under the provisions
     5  of this section shall implement and administer a program of distribution
     6  of voter registration forms pursuant to the provisions of this  section.
     7  The  following  offices  which  provide public assistance and/or provide
     8  state funded programs primarily engaged in providing services to persons
     9  with disabilities are hereby designated as voter registration  agencies:
    10  designated as the state agencies which provide public assistance are the
    11  office  of  children  and  family  services, the office of temporary and
    12  disability assistance and the department of health. Also  designated  as
    13  public  assistance  agencies  are  all agencies of local government that
    14  provide such assistance.  Designated  as  state  agencies  that  provide
    15  programs primarily engaged in providing services to people with disabil-
    16  ities  are  the  department  of labor, office for the aging, division of
    17  veterans' services, office of mental health, office  of  vocational  and
    18  educational  services  for  individuals with disabilities, commission on
    19  quality of care for the mentally disabled, office for people with devel-
    20  opmental disabilities, commission for the blind,  office  of  alcoholism
    21  and  substance  abuse services, the office of the advocate for the disa-
    22  bled and all offices which administer programs established or funded  by
    23  such  agencies.  Additional  participating  agencies designated as voter

         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD03338-01-1

        A. 694                              2
 
     1  registration offices are  the  department  of  state  and  the  district
     2  offices  of  the  workers'  compensation  board.  Such agencies shall be
     3  required to offer voter  registration  forms  to  persons  upon  initial
     4  application  for  services,  renewal or recertification for services and
     5  upon change of address relating to such services.  Such  agencies  shall
     6  also be responsible for providing assistance to applicants in completing
     7  voter  registration  forms,  receiving  and  transmitting  the completed
     8  application form from all applicants who wish to have such  form  trans-
     9  mitted  to  the  appropriate  board  of  elections.  The  state board of
    10  elections shall, together with  representatives  of  the  United  States
    11  department  of  defense,  develop and implement procedures for including
    12  recruitment offices of the armed forces of the United  States  as  voter
    13  registration offices when such offices are so designated by federal law.
    14  The  state  board  of  elections  shall  also make request of the United
    15  States Citizenship and Immigration Services to include applications  for
    16  registration by mail with any materials which are given to new citizens.
    17  Also  designated  as  participating  agencies  are all public libraries,
    18  which shall be required to offer voter  registration  forms  to  persons
    19  eighteen  years  of  age or older upon initial application for a library
    20  card. Also designated as participating agencies are  all  local  housing
    21  authorities,  which  shall be required to offer voter registration forms
    22  to persons upon initial application for services or recertification  for
    23  services.  Also designated as participating agencies are all public high
    24  schools, which shall be required to offer voter  registration  forms  to
    25  all seniors upon their graduation.
    26    § 2. This act shall take effect on the one hundred twentieth day after
    27  it  shall have become a law. Effective immediately, the addition, amend-
    28  ment and/or repeal of any rule or regulation necessary for the implemen-
    29  tation of this act on its effective date are authorized to be  made  and
    30  completed on or before such effective date.
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