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A01116 Summary:

BILL NOA01116
 
SAME ASNo Same As
 
SPONSORCahill
 
COSPNSR
 
MLTSPNSRColton, Dinowitz, Galef
 
Rpld §4-116 subs 2 & 3, §4-108 sub 1 ¶¶ c & d, §5-204 sub 4, §4-117 sub 2, amd §§4-108, 4-120, 4-128, 5-204, 4-117, 16-100, add Art 7 Title 3 §§7-300 - 7-314, §16-105, El L
 
Provides for the state board of elections to prepare and distribute to each voter a ballot pamphlet for every general election; provides for contents thereof and makes numerous related provisions including the distribution of information relating to each ballot proposal that is submitted to a statewide vote at such general election; permits any person eligible to vote on any ballot proposal to institute a proceeding as to the factual accuracy of statements or constitutional amendments.
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A01116 Actions:

BILL NOA01116
 
01/07/2021referred to election law
01/05/2022referred to election law
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A01116 Memo:

NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION
submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
 
BILL NUMBER: A1116
 
SPONSOR: Cahill
  TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the election law, in relation to the preparation, contents and distribution of a paper pamphlet containing information relative to general elections; to repeal certain provisions of the election law, relating to distribution of copies of proposed amendments to the constitution or other propositions or questions; and providing for the repeal of such provisions upon expiration thereof   PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: This bill provides for the preparation and distribution of a ballot pamphlet which would help educate the electorate about the proposals appearing on the ballot. It would also contain voter registration infor- mation.   SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISION: This bill provides for the preparation and distribution of a ballot pamphlet which would contain the following: 1) an introductory statement explaining the date and hours during which the polls will be open for the general election; 2) voter qualification requirements in New York State; 3) when, where, and how to register to vote; 4) when and how absentee ballots are obtained and used; 5) instructions on how to vote including the use of affidavit ballots; 6) any other general information on voting deemed necessary or useful to the electorate. In addition to the above information, materials would be prepared and included in the ballot pamphlet for each ballot proposal that is submit- ted to a statewide vote at the general election. The material would include the following: 1) A true copy of the form of the ballot proposal, as it will appear on the ballot; 2) a concise explanation stating the nature and effect of the ballot proposal; 3) a summary of the major arguments for its passage; 4) a summary of the major arguments against its passage; and 5) the full text of the ballot proposal, with all additions to the state constitution to be indicated by the use of italic type and all deletions to be indicated by the use of brackets. The preparation of the ballot proposal materials will be done in the following manner: 1) All material relating to a ballot proposal would be prepared by a seven member committee. Both the Majority Leader of the Senate and the Speaker of the Assembly would each appoint two members to the committee. The Minority Leader of the Senate and the Minority Leader of the Assem- bly would jointly appoint two members to the committee. The seventh member of the committee would be the attorney general who would serve as the Chairperson of the committee. Any proceeding to contest the factual accuracy of statements on consti- tutional amendments, questions and propositions in the ballot pamphlet itself would be instituted by any eligible voter in the state no later than ten days after the state board certifies the final contents of the ballot pamphlet and must be concluded at least fifty days before the election in which the ballot proposals addressed in the pamphlet are to appear. The Board of Elections shall report to the Governor and the Legislature on or before March 1, 2027 on the effectiveness of ballot pamphlets in increasing voter awareness, registration and participation and make recommendations as to continuing and improving this title.   JUSTIFICATION: In past elections, New York State voters have been asked to approve ballot propositions which call for the expenditure of billions of dollars and affect the lives of millions of people. While it is neces- sary for ballot propositions and constitutional amendments to be presented to voters in language that is legally precise, this language often is indecipherable to many citizens. As a result, many voters are uncertain of what is being proposed and are confused over the actual position which their "yes" or "no" vote represents. Many voters are so discouraged that they make no decision at all. In 1988, approximately 60% of voters did not vote on the Transportation Bond Act. In 1993, 53% of voters did not vote on three statewide ballot questions on state debt. According to the State Board of Elections, almost 63% of actual voters (and 77% of registered voters) did not vote on the Environmental Bond Act in 1996. In other states including California, Massachusetts, Montana, Washington, Arizona and Oregon where the ballot pamphlet has been utilized, there has been noticeable increases in voter responses to ballot propositions. In Massachusetts, 93% of their voters cast ballots on their proposition in 1986 and voting on ballot proposals has risen, an average of 15% since the implementation of the Ballot Pamphlet (Citi- zen Union). In addition, New York City passed an extensive ballot pamphlet proposal in 1988 to educate the public on ballot proposals AND candidates for office. Increased voter awareness and participation more than justifies the cost of a ballot pamphlet particularly in light of the huge expenditures voters are being asked to approve in ballot proposals. In addition, the pamphlet would contain basic voting infor- mation which is otherwise hard to come by. For instance, providing information on how to register, vote and obtain absentee ballots, would assist thousands of people who attempt to call boards of elections and who either never get through or receive unsatisfactory answers.   PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2019-2020: A.193 - Referred to Election Law 2017-2018: A.71 - Referred to Election Law 2015-2016: A.1326 - Referred to Election Law 2013-2014: A.1467 - Referred to Election Law 2011-2012: A.234 - Referred to Election Law 2009-2010: A.957 - Referred to Election Law 2007-2008: A.7802 - Referred to Election Law 2003-2004: A.471 - Reported Referred to Rules 2001-2002: A.243B - Passed Assembly 1999-2000: A.1190 - Reported referred to Ways and Means 1997-1998: A.1787 - Reported referred to Ways and Means 1995-1996: A.634-B - Reported referred to Ways and Means 1993-1994: A.4972-A - Passed Assembly 1991-1992: A.6525-A - Reported referred to Ways and Means 1989-1990: A.5409-A - Reported referred to Ways and Means 1987-1988: A.2719-C - Reported referred to Ways and Means 1986 - A.10968-A - Passed Assembly 1985 - A.3824-A - Reported referred to Ways and Means   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS FOR STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS: It is estimated that the ballot pamphlet would cost between $.18 and $.33 per voter, depending upon the type of pamphlet produced and the number of registered voters. These pamphlets would be distributed to at least one registered voter in each household.   EFFECTIVE DATE: This law shall take effect on April 1, 2023 and shall expire May 1, 2027.
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A01116 Text:



 
                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                          1116
 
                               2021-2022 Regular Sessions
 
                   IN ASSEMBLY
 
                                     January 7, 2021
                                       ___________
 
        Introduced  by M. of A. CAHILL -- Multi-Sponsored by -- M. of A. COLTON,
          DINOWITZ, GALEF -- read once and referred to the Committee on Election
          Law
 
        AN ACT to amend the  election  law,  in  relation  to  the  preparation,
          contents  and  distribution of a paper pamphlet containing information
          relative to general elections; to repeal  certain  provisions  of  the
          election  law,  relating  to distribution of copies of proposed amend-
          ments to the constitution or  other  propositions  or  questions;  and
          providing for the repeal of such provisions upon expiration thereof
 
          The  People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
 
     1    Section 1. Subdivisions 2 and 3 of section 4-116 of the  election  law
     2  are REPEALED.
     3    §  2.  Paragraphs  c  and  d  of subdivision 1 of section 4-108 of the
     4  election law are REPEALED and subdivision 3, as added by chapter 234  of
     5  the laws of 1976, is amended to read as follows:
     6    3.  The  attorney  general  shall  advise  in  the preparation of such
     7  [abstract and such] form of submission.
     8    § 3. The opening paragraph of subdivision 1 of section  4-120  of  the
     9  election  law, as amended by chapter 413 of the laws of 2019, is amended
    10  to read as follows:
    11    The board of elections shall publish once in each  of  the  two  weeks
    12  preceding a general election, or a special or village election conducted
    13  by  the board of elections, a notice specifying the day of the election,
    14  and the public officers to be voted for within such county, or any  part
    15  thereof at such election. The board of elections shall, as soon as prac-
    16  ticable,  but  not  less  than  two weeks prior to any special election,
    17  prominently display on its website the date and hours of  the  election,
    18  the  offices to be voted on in the county, part of a county, or the city
    19  of New York, and a link to any poll site information  or  poll  location
    20  tools, where available. Such information shall also be made available to
 
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD01399-01-1

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     1  local  governments, municipalities, and community boards for publication
     2  on any public-facing internet website, web application,  web  domain  or
     3  digital application, including a social network or search engine, to the
     4  extent  that  such publication is practicable. [If constitutional amend-
     5  ments, or questions are to be submitted to the voters of the state,  the
     6  notice  shall  state that fact and that a copy of each such amendment or
     7  question may be obtained at the board of elections, by any voter.]  Such
     8  publication  shall  be in two newspapers published within the county. If
     9  the county contains a city or cities, at least one  of  such  newspapers
    10  shall  be  published  in the city, or the largest city, if there be more
    11  than one.
    12    § 4. Subdivision 1 of section 4-128 of the election law, as amended by
    13  section 2 of part XX of chapter 55 of the laws of 2019,  is  amended  to
    14  read as follows:
    15    1.  The  board of elections of each county shall provide the requisite
    16  number of official and facsimile ballots, two cards  of  instruction  to
    17  voters  in  the  form  prescribed  by the state board of elections, five
    18  copies of each ballot pamphlet, at least one  copy  of  the  instruction
    19  booklet  for  inspectors, a sufficient number of maps, street finders or
    20  other descriptions of all of the polling places and  election  districts
    21  within  the  political subdivision in which the polling place is located
    22  to enable the election inspectors  and  poll  clerks  to  determine  the
    23  correct  election  district  and  polling  place for each street address
    24  within the political subdivision in which the polling place is  located,
    25  distance  markers,  tally  sheets  and  return blanks, pens, pencils, or
    26  other appropriate marking devices, envelopes for the ballots  of  voters
    27  whose registration poll records are not in the ledger or whose names are
    28  not  in the computer generated registration list, envelopes for returns,
    29  identification buttons, badges or emblems for the inspectors and  clerks
    30  in  the  form  prescribed by the state board of elections and such other
    31  articles of stationery as may be necessary for  the  proper  conduct  of
    32  elections,  except  that  when a town, city or village holds an election
    33  not conducted by the board of elections, the clerk of such town, city or
    34  village, shall provide such  official  and  facsimile  ballots  and  the
    35  necessary blanks, supplies and stationery for such election.
    36    §  5.  Subdivision  4 of section 5-204 of the election law is REPEALED
    37  and subdivisions 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 are renumbered subdivisions  2,
    38  3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8.
    39    §  6.  Subdivision  2 of section 4-117 of the election law is REPEALED
    40  and subdivision 3 is renumbered subdivision 2.
    41    § 7. Article 7  of the election law is amended by adding a new title 3
    42  to read as follows:
    43                                  TITLE III
    44                               BALLOT PAMPHLET
    45  Section 7-300. Legislative findings.
    46          7-302. State board of elections to prepare ballot pamphlet.
    47          7-304. Contents of ballot pamphlet.
    48          7-306. Preparation of ballot proposal materials.
    49          7-308. State immunity.
    50          7-310. Printing.
    51          7-312. Distribution.
    52          7-314. Authorization to local communities.
    53    § 7-300.  Legislative  findings.  The  legislature  hereby  finds  and
    54  declares that the purpose of this title and of the ballot pamphlet is to
    55  fully and fairly inform the electorate about the issues appearing on the
    56  ballot.  The  state  board of elections shall undertake its responsibil-

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     1  ities in the manner best calculated to, and all  the  provisions  herein
     2  shall be construed so as to accomplish that goal.
     3    § 7-302. State board of elections to prepare ballot pamphlet. It shall
     4  be  the duty of the state board of elections, hereinafter referred to as
     5  the state board, to prepare and distribute a  ballot  pamphlet,  in  the
     6  manner  set  out  in this title, for every general election conducted in
     7  the state in which a ballot proposal is on the ballot.  Not  later  than
     8  January  thirty-first  of  each  year,  the  state  board  shall fix and
     9  announce the dates for all deadlines provided for by this title.
    10    § 7-304. Contents of  ballot  pamphlet.  Each  ballot  pamphlet  shall
    11  contain the following material and no other material. 1. An introductory
    12  statement shall be prepared by the state board explaining:
    13    (a)  The  date  and  hours during which the polls will be open for the
    14  general election;
    15    (b) Voter qualification requirements in New York state;
    16    (c) When, where, and how to register to vote;
    17    (d) When, where and how absentee ballots are obtained and used;
    18    (e) Instructions on how  to  vote,  including  the  use  of  affidavit
    19  ballots; and
    20    (f) Any other general information on voting deemed necessary or useful
    21  to the electorate or otherwise consistent with the goals of this article
    22  by the state board.
    23    2. The following statement, printed in boldface type, shall follow the
    24  introductory   statement   and   precede  materials  related  to  ballot
    25  proposals:
    26    IMPORTANT: This pamphlet contains information only on proposals  which
    27  will  be  on  the ballot statewide. There may also be proposals of local
    28  interest on the ballot in  your  community.  For  information  on  these
    29  proposals,  contact  your  local  board  of elections and see your local
    30  newspaper.  The arguments for and against the proposals do  not  consti-
    31  tute  endorsement  by  the State of New York, nor does the State certify
    32  the accuracy or truth of any statement made in those materials.
    33    3. Materials shall be prepared for each ballot proposal to be  submit-
    34  ted to a statewide vote at the general election. Such materials shall be
    35  prepared as prescribed in section 7-306 of this title, and shall include
    36  the following:
    37    (a)  A true copy of the form of the ballot proposal, as it will appear
    38  on the ballot, set out in boldface or italic type  at  the  top  of  the
    39  page;
    40    (b)  A  concise,  impartial,  and  understandable  explanation, not to
    41  exceed five hundred words, stating the nature and effect of  the  ballot
    42  proposal;
    43    (c)  A statement not to exceed three hundred words, of the major argu-
    44  ments for its passage, clearly labelled as such;
    45    (d) A statement not to exceed three hundred words, of the major  argu-
    46  ments against its passage, clearly labelled as such;
    47    (e) The full text of the ballot proposal, which shall be printed so as
    48  to  indicate  by  the use of italic type the matter if any that would be
    49  added to the state constitution of law, and by the use of  brackets  the
    50  matter if any that would be deleted therefrom;
    51    (f)  An  explanation  of  such  use  of  italic  type and brackets, as
    52  described in paragraph (e) of this subdivision; and
    53    (g) The members of the committee that prepared the materials.
    54    § 7-306. Preparation of ballot proposal materials.  1.  All  materials
    55  required  by  paragraphs  (a),  (e), (f) and (g) of subdivision three of
    56  section 7-304 of this title shall be prepared  by  the  state  board  of

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     1  elections,  and all materials required by paragraphs (b), (c) and (d) of
     2  subdivision three of section 7-304 of this title with  respect  to  each
     3  ballot proposal, shall be prepared by a separate committee consisting of
     4  seven  members.  The  majority  leader  of  the senate shall appoint two
     5  members to serve on such committee.  The speaker of the  assembly  shall
     6  appoint two members to such committee. The minority leader of the senate
     7  and  the minority leader of the assembly shall jointly appoint two addi-
     8  tional persons to such committee.  In  making  their  appointments,  the
     9  majority  and  the minority leaders of the senate and the speaker of the
    10  assembly and the minority leader  of  the  assembly  shall  endeavor  to
    11  create  a  committee  with a broad range of opinions on the measure. The
    12  seventh member shall be the attorney general  and  shall  serve  as  the
    13  chairperson  of  the  committee.  Vacancies  shall be filled in the same
    14  manner as the original appointment. Members who are not state  officials
    15  shall  be  entitled  to  actual  and  necessary expenses incurred in the
    16  performance of their duties.
    17    2. The state board of elections shall make staff available  to  assist
    18  the committee in carrying out its responsibilities.
    19    3.  The committee must meet within ten days after each proposition has
    20  passed both houses of the legislature to  determine  who  shall  be  the
    21  principal  proponents  and  opponents  of  each  measure. Such principal
    22  proponent or opponent may be a member of the committee or any registered
    23  voter in the state.
    24    4. The committee shall announce with such notice as  the  state  board
    25  shall  specify,  its  preliminary draft of the explanatory statement and
    26  the arguments opposing and proposing the ballot  proposals  as  provided
    27  for in paragraphs (b), (c) and (d) of subdivision three of section 7-304
    28  of this title, not later than the date fixed by the state board pursuant
    29  to  the  provisions  of section 7-302 of this title. Any person may file
    30  with the committee a written statement of suggested changes and all such
    31  statements submitted not later than the date fixed by  the  state  board
    32  shall be considered by such committee.
    33    5.  In  compliance with paragraphs (c) and (d) of subdivision three of
    34  section 7-304 of this title, the committee may select no more  than  two
    35  arguments  advanced  by  proponents and opponents of every measure to be
    36  submitted to the voters.  If  no  argument  is  deemed  appropriate  for
    37  selection,  the committee may reserve the responsibility for composition
    38  of either or both. In making its selections, the  committee  shall  give
    39  priority  to  arguments  advanced by organizations over consideration of
    40  arguments advanced by individuals. The state board shall include in  the
    41  ballot pamphlet on the same page as the printed argument relating to the
    42  measure,  the  name  of the organization, if any, advancing the argument
    43  and whether the argument supports or opposes the measure. If the commit-
    44  tee itself has written the argument, a disclaimer in  substantially  the
    45  same form shall be printed immediately below the argument:
    46    The  printing  of  this argument does not constitute an endorsement by
    47  the state of New York, nor does the state warrant the accuracy or  truth
    48  of any statement made in the argument.
    49    6. The committee may reject a statement or portions thereof, if it:
    50    (a)  contains  any language that the committee, at its discretion, has
    51  construed not to accomplish the goals of this title;
    52    (b) contains any language which may not be legally circulated  through
    53  the mails; or
    54    (c) is submitted after the date specified by the board.
    55    7.  Thereafter,  the committee shall make any changes in the materials
    56  as it considers proper and shall file the final set  of  materials  with

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     1  the  state  board  not later than the date set by such board pursuant to
     2  the provisions of section 7-302 of this title.
     3    8.  The  preliminary materials and the final set of materials shall be
     4  concurred on and certified by the committee or at least by four  of  its
     5  members.  If  a member does not concur, a statement shall show only that
     6  he dissents and where applicable, that he was appointed as  a  proponent
     7  or opponent of the measure.
     8    9. The state board shall certify and make public the final contents of
     9  the  ballot  pamphlet  no  later  than sixty days before the election at
    10  which the measure is to appear on the ballot.
    11    § 7-308. State immunity. No cause of action shall  arise  against  the
    12  state of New York or any agency or employee thereof with respect to such
    13  ballot  pamphlet  except  as caused by the negligence or willful acts of
    14  the state or of its agents or employees, nor may a cause of action arise
    15  against the state of New York or  any  agency  or  employee  thereof  by
    16  virtue of statements prepared by any committee constituted under section
    17  7-306 of this title.
    18    §  7-310. Printing. 1. The state board shall cause the ballot pamphlet
    19  to be printed in as legible a manner as  possible  consistent  with  the
    20  purpose of this title. In the event that the state board determines that
    21  the  printing of the ballot pamphlet would be more efficient and econom-
    22  ical if done by the local boards of elections, the state board is hereby
    23  authorized to instruct all boards  of  elections  to  print  the  ballot
    24  pamphlet. Should the state board so instruct the boards of elections, it
    25  shall  promptly  reimburse  each board for the actual cost of production
    26  incurred by said board.
    27    2. The state board or the local boards of elections as provided for in
    28  subdivision one of this section, shall also  prepare  and  cause  to  be
    29  printed, and distribute to such voters as it deems appropriate, a trans-
    30  lation  of  the  ballot  pamphlet  into  Spanish and any other languages
    31  required to comply with the Voting Rights Act of 1965, as amended.
    32    § 7-312. Distribution. 1. There shall be no charge for  single  copies
    33  of the ballot pamphlet.
    34    2.  In  every  general  election  in which a ballot proposal is on the
    35  statewide ballot, the state board shall  cause  a  copy  of  the  ballot
    36  pamphlet  to  be  distributed  to  at least one registered voter in each
    37  household. In the event the state board determines that distribution  of
    38  the  ballot  pamphlet  would be more efficient and economical if done by
    39  the local boards of elections, the state board is hereby  authorized  to
    40  instruct all boards of elections to distribute the ballot pamphlet to at
    41  least  one registered voter in each household. Should the state board so
    42  instruct the boards of elections, it shall provide a  sufficient  number
    43  of  ballot pamphlets to each board of elections and shall promptly reim-
    44  burse each board for the actual cost of postage incurred by  said  board
    45  in distributing the pamphlet provided that said board utilize the lowest
    46  feasible  postage  rate charged by the United States postal service. The
    47  distribution of the ballot pamphlets to registered voters or  households
    48  shall be made between twenty and forty days before the election to which
    49  they pertain.
    50    3.  Sufficient copies shall also be provided to boards of elections to
    51  permit each such board to supply five copies to each election district.
    52    4. In addition to providing a  sufficient  number  of  copies  of  the
    53  pamphlet  to comply with subdivisions two and three of this section, the
    54  state board shall cause to be printed at least fifty thousand additional
    55  copies and provide them to those persons, organizations and other  enti-
    56  ties  that request them, at no charge, provided that the state board may

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     1  impose a charge for bulk orders of greater than five copies and may  set
     2  limits  on the total number of copies that any single individual, organ-
     3  ization or other entity may obtain upon request.
     4    § 7-314. Authorization to local communities. The legislative bodies of
     5  all  cities,  towns  and  counties are hereby authorized to enact legis-
     6  lation consistent with the provisions of this title which  would  enable
     7  questions,  propositions, and issues on the ballot in such cities, towns
     8  and counties to be presented to voters by means of  a  ballot  pamphlet.
     9  Any  such  pamphlet may, with the approval of the state board, be mailed
    10  together with the statewide ballot pamphlet. The additional  expense  of
    11  preparing,  printing  and  distributing such a pamphlet shall be paid by
    12  such city, town or county.
    13    § 8. Subdivision 2 of section 16-100 of the election law,  as  amended
    14  by section 4 of part E of chapter 399 of the laws of 2011, is amended to
    15  read as follows:
    16    2. The county court is vested with jurisdiction to summarily determine
    17  any  question  of  law  or fact except proceedings as to a nomination or
    18  election at a primary election or a nomination at a judicial convention,
    19  proceedings as to the casting and canvass of  ballots,  proceedings  for
    20  examination  or  preservation of ballots, proceedings as to the contents
    21  of statements on constitutional amendments, questions  and  propositions
    22  and  proceedings  to  enforce the provisions of article fourteen of this
    23  chapter.
    24    § 9. The election law is amended by adding a  new  section  16-105  to
    25  read as follows:
    26    §  16-105.  Proceedings as to the content of ballot pamphlets. 1.  Any
    27  person eligible to vote on any ballot proposal contained in  any  ballot
    28  pamphlet prepared pursuant to title three of article seven of this chap-
    29  ter  may institute a proceeding as to the factual accuracy of statements
    30  on constitutional  amendments,  questions  and  propositions.  Any  such
    31  proceeding  shall  be  brought  in the supreme court of the state of New
    32  York, Albany county.
    33    2. A proceeding pursuant to subdivision one of this  section  must  be
    34  instituted  no  later  than ten days after the state board certifies the
    35  final contents of the ballot pamphlet. If the court finds that the  form
    36  and  contents  do  not  comply with the requirements of article seven of
    37  this chapter, or  finds  by  clear  and  convincing  evidence  that  the
    38  language  of  the  pamphlet  is false or misleading, it shall order such
    39  changes as it deems necessary, provided that any changes so ordered will
    40  not substantially interfere with the printing and  distribution  of  the
    41  pamphlet as required by law.
    42    3.  A  final order in any proceeding under this section shall be made,
    43  if possible, at least fifty days before the general election  for  which
    44  the pamphlet was prepared.
    45    § 10. On or before March 1, 2027 the board of elections shall submit a
    46  report  to the governor and the legislature evaluating the effectiveness
    47  of ballot pamphlets as a tool to increase voter awareness,  registration
    48  and participation. Such report shall include statistics on voter partic-
    49  ipation  both  before  and  after  ballot pamphlets were distributed and
    50  findings and recommendations on continuing and improving  title  III  of
    51  article 7 of the election law.
    52    § 11. This act shall take effect April 1, 2023 and shall expire May 1,
    53  2027,  when  upon  such  date the provisions of this act shall be deemed
    54  repealed.

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          REPEAL NOTE.--Subdivisions 2 and 3 of section 4-116  of  the  election
        law,  proposed  to  be  repealed by this act, provide for publication of
        proposed constitutional amendments.
          Paragraphs  c  and d of subdivision 1 of section 4-108 of the election
        law, proposed to be repealed by this act, provide for a  transmittal  to
        county  boards  of an abstract of proposed constitutional amendments and
        for the form of the proposed constitutional amendment.
          Subdivision 4 of section 5-204 of the election  law,  proposed  to  be
        repealed  by  this  act, provides for distribution of copies of proposed
        constitutional amendments and questions at local registration.
          Subdivision 2 of section 4-117 of the election  law,  proposed  to  be
        repealed  by this act, provides for mailing copies of proposed constitu-
        tional amendments and questions to registered voters.
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