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A03941 Summary:

COSPNSREpstein, Bendett, Walker
Amd §§8-300 & 17-130, El L
Allows photographs of one's self and one's own ballot while voting.
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A03941 Actions:

02/08/2023referred to election law
01/03/2024referred to election law
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A03941 Text:

                STATE OF NEW YORK
                               2023-2024 Regular Sessions
                   IN ASSEMBLY
                                    February 8, 2023
        Introduced by M. of A. TAYLOR -- read once and referred to the Committee
          on Election Law
        AN ACT to amend the election law, in relation to allowing photographs of
          one's self and one's own ballot while voting
          The  People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:

     1    Section 1. Section 8-300 of the election law is amended  by  adding  a
     2  new subdivision 4 to read as follows:
     3    4.  Voters shall be permitted on their own volition, to photograph and
     4  post on social media their own ballot and themselves  at  any  stage  of
     5  voting,  including  while  in  a  privacy  booth or at a ballot scanner,
     6  provided that such photographs do not contain any other voter or  reveal
     7  the contents of any other voter's ballot.
     8    §  2. Subdivisions 10 and 11 of section 17-130 of the election law are
     9  amended to read as follows:
    10    10. [Shows his] Solicits a voter to show  their  ballot  after  it  is
    11  prepared  for  voting,  to  any person so as to reveal the contents[, or
    12  solicits a voter to show the same]; or,
    13    11. Places any mark  upon  his  ballot,  or  does  any  other  act  in
    14  connection  with his ballot with the intent that it may be identified as
    15  the one voted by him, other than what is allowed pursuant to subdivision
    16  four of section 8-300 of this chapter; or,
    17    § 3. Subdivision 23 of section 17-130 of the election law,  as  renum-
    18  bered  by chapter 373 of the laws of 1978, is amended and a new subdivi-
    19  sion 24 is added to read as follows:
    20    23. Not having been appointed or named an inspector  of  elections  or
    21  clerk  and  not  having  taken  the  oath  for such office shall wear or
    22  display any button, badge or emblem identifying or purporting to identi-
    23  fy such person as an inspector of election or clerk[,  is  guilty  of  a
    24  misdemeanor.]; or,
    25    24.  Forces  an  individual  to photograph and/or post on social media
    26  their own ballot or themselves at any stage of voting, is  guilty  of  a
    27  misdemeanor.
    28    § 4. This act shall take effect immediately.
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
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