A05564 Summary:

COSPNSRLentol, Paulin, Colton, Lupardo, Rosenthal, Quart, Weprin, Ortiz, Mosley, Linares
MLTSPNSRBrennan, Cahill, Gottfried, Miller, Perry, Simon
Add S5-209, El L
Provides that the board of elections shall accept voter registrations electronically through its website.
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A05564 Actions:

02/27/2015referred to election law
01/06/2016referred to election law
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A05564 Text:

                STATE OF NEW YORK
                               2015-2016 Regular Sessions
                   IN ASSEMBLY
                                    February 27, 2015
          THAL,  QUART  -- Multi-Sponsored by -- M. of A. BRENNAN, CAHILL, GOTT-
          FRIED, MILLER, PERRY -- read once and referred  to  the  Committee  on
          Election Law
        AN  ACT to amend the election law, in relation to authorizing electronic
          voter registration
          The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and  Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
     1    Section  1.  The election law is amended by adding a new section 5-209
     2  to read as follows:
     3    § 5-209. Electronic voter registration. 1. In addition  to  any  other
     4  methods  of  voter registration provided for in this article, any quali-
     5  fied person may apply for registration  and  enrollment  by  application
     6  made electronically through the state board of elections website.
     7    2.  The state board of elections shall design a webpage that serves as
     8  an electronic application for registration and  enrollment  form,  or  a
     9  registration form necessitated by a change of residence.
    10    3. The voter registration webpage:
    11    (a)  shall require only such information as will enable election offi-
    12  cials to assess the applicant's eligibility to register to vote, prevent
    13  duplicate registration and to administer voter  registration  and  other
    14  parts of the election process.
    15    (b)  shall  include  a  statement  of the eligibility requirements for
    16  voter registration and shall require the applicant to attest by  his  or
    17  her  signature  that he or she meets those requirements under penalty of
    18  perjury.
    19    (c) shall inform the applicant, in print identical to that used in the
    20  attestation section of the following:
    21    (i) voter eligibility requirements; and
    22    (ii) penalties for submission of false registration application.
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.

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     1    (d) shall require the applicant to submit at least one of the  follow-
     2  ing with his or her application:
     3    (i) his or her social security number; or
     4    (ii)  his  or  her  valid  New York state department of motor vehicles
     5  client identification number.
     6    4. Included on the webpage shall be:
     7    (a) the statement, "If you believe that someone  has  interfered  with
     8  your  right  to  register  or decline to register to vote, your right to
     9  privacy in deciding whether to register or in applying  to  register  to
    10  vote,  or  your  right to choose your own political party or other poli-
    11  tical preference, you may file a  complaint  with  the  state  board  of
    12  elections (address and toll free telephone number)."
    13    (b)  a  toll  free  number at the state board of elections that can be
    14  called for answers to registration questions.
    15    5. Whenever an applicant supplies the board with his or her valid  New
    16  York  state  department  of motor vehicles client identification number,
    17  such applicant's identification shall  be  deemed  verified.  The  board
    18  shall  import  the  applicant's  signature  from the department of motor
    19  vehicles to be used for verification purposes at the time of  casting  a
    20  ballot.
    21    6.  Electronic  registrations  made  not  later than the twentieth day
    22  before an election shall entitle the applicant to vote in such  election
    23  provided the board determines that the applicant is otherwise qualified.
    24    7.  Electronic  application forms shall   be processed by the board of
    25  elections in the manner prescribed by section 5-210 of this title or, if
    26  the applicant is already registered to vote from another address in such
    27  county or city, in the manner prescribed by section 5-208 of this title.
    28  The board shall send the appropriate notice of approval or rejection  as
    29  required by either subdivision nine of such section 5-210 or subdivision
    30  five of such section 5-208.
    31    8.  The  state  board shall adopt such rules and regulations as may be
    32  necessary to carry out the requirements of  this  section.    The  board
    33  shall  also  adopt  such  rules  and  regulations as may be necessary to
    34  require county boards to provide the state board with  such  information
    35  and  data  as  the  board deems necessary to assess compliance with this
    36  section and to compile such statistics as may be required by the federal
    37  elections commission.
    38    9. The state board shall develop and distribute public information and
    39  promotional materials relating to the  purposes  and  implementation  of
    40  this program.
    41    10.  The  department  of motor vehicles shall cooperate with the state
    42  board of elections in implementing the provisions of this section.
    43    § 2. This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after
    44  it shall have become a law. Effective immediately, the amendment,  addi-
    45  tion,  and/or  repeal of any rule or regulation necessary for the timely
    46  implementation of this act on its effective date is hereby authorized to
    47  be made on or before such effective date.
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