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A08665 Summary:

BILL NOA08665A
 
SAME ASSAME AS S07264
 
SPONSORGalef
 
COSPNSRRosenthal D, Dickens, Jaffee, De La Rosa, Mosley, Montesano, Blake, Gottfried, D'Urso, Murray, Lawrence, Seawright, Errigo, Hyndman, Niou
 
MLTSPNSRSimon, Thiele
 
Amd 8-100, El L
 
Provides that primary elections shall be conducted between 6:00 A.M. and 9:00 P.M.
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A08665 Actions:

BILL NOA08665A
 
09/11/2017referred to election law
01/03/2018referred to election law
01/19/2018amend (t) and recommit to election law
01/19/2018print number 8665a
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A08665 Memo:

NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION
submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
 
BILL NUMBER: A8665A
 
SPONSOR: Galef
  TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the election law, in relation to establishing uniform hours during which the polls are open during prima- ry elections   PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: This legislation establishes that primary election day polling locations be open statewide from 6:00 a.m. till 9:00 p.m.   SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1. Subdivision 2 of section 8-100 of the Election Law is amended to read as follows: Polls shall be open for voting during the following hours: a primary election from six o'clock in the morning until nine o'clock in the evening. Section 2. Establishes the effective date.   DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ORIGINAL AND AMENDED VERSION (IF APPLICABLE): Changes reflect the amendments made by chapter 367 of the laws of 2017.   JUSTIFICATION: Currently, the polls on primary election day are open from 12:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in the majority of upstate New York, while in New York City and many of its neighboring counties the polls are open from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Many voters are confused as to what hours their polling places are open as it varies throughout the State, and from election to election; primary vs. general. In an attempt to increase the number of voters participating in the primary, this legislation will open a greater window of participation time, especially for those working long days that may not be able to go to the polls after work. This will allow those individuals the opportu- nity to vote before their work day begins. Approximately 21% of New York eligible voters participated in the 2016 Presidential Primary. Uniformity in voting is essential. By extending the Primary Election Day polling hours, and having them match the Gener- al Election Day hours, we are eliminating voter confusion, while also giving voters a greater opportunity to participate.   PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: This is new legislation.   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS FOR STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS: There will be a cost to each county, however the exact amount is not known at this time.   EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on January 1, 2019.
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A08665 Text:



 
                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                         8665--A
 
                               2017-2018 Regular Sessions
 
                   IN ASSEMBLY
 
                                   September 11, 2017
                                       ___________
 
        Introduced  by M. of A. GALEF -- read once and referred to the Committee
          on Election Law -- recommitted to the Committee  on  Election  Law  in
          accordance  with Assembly Rule 3, sec. 2 -- committee discharged, bill
          amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said  commit-
          tee

        AN  ACT  to  amend the election law, in relation to establishing uniform
          hours during which the polls are open during primary elections
 
          The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and  Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
 
     1    Section  1.  Subdivision  2  of  section 8-100 of the election law, as
     2  amended by chapter 367 of the laws  of  2017,  is  amended  to  read  as
     3  follows:
     4    2. Polls shall be open for voting during the following hours: a prima-
     5  ry election from [twelve o'clock noon until nine o'clock in the evening,
     6  except  in  the  city  of  New York and the counties of Nassau, Suffolk,
     7  Westchester, Rockland, Orange, Putnam, Dutchess and Erie,  and  in  such
     8  city  or  county  from] six o'clock in the morning until nine o'clock in
     9  the evening; the general election from six o'clock in the morning  until
    10  nine  o'clock  in the evening; a special election called by the governor
    11  pursuant to the public officers law, and, except as  otherwise  provided
    12  by law, every other election, from six o'clock in the morning until nine
    13  o'clock in the evening.
    14    § 2. This act shall take effect January 1, 2019.
 
 
 
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD13424-02-8
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