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A07440 Summary:

COSPNSRRivera P, Galef, Scarborough, Ceretto, Castro, Linares, Stevenson, Roberts, Barron
MLTSPNSRBoyland, Cahill, Gottfried, Hikind, Russell, Schimel
Amd S5-500, add S5-507, El L
Relates to voter pre-registration.
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A07440 Text:

                STATE OF NEW YORK
                               2011-2012 Regular Sessions
                   IN ASSEMBLY
                                       May 4, 2011
        Introduced by M. of A. KAVANAGH -- read once and referred to the Commit-
          tee on Election Law
        AN ACT to amend the election law, in relation to voter pre-registration
          The  People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:

     1    Section 1.   Paragraph o of subdivision 4  of  section  5-500  of  the
     2  election  law, as amended by chapter 659 of the laws of 1994, is amended
     3  and a new paragraph p is added to read as follows:
     4    o. A space for "remarks" regarding other facts required by this  chap-
     5  ter to be recorded or appropriate to identify the voter[.];
     6    p.  A space for pre-registering applicants to respond to the following
     7  question: "Are you at least 16 years of age and understand that you must
     8  be 18 years of age on or before election day to vote, and that until you
     9  reach the age of 18 your registration will be marked  as  'pending'  and
    10  you will be unable to cast a ballot in any election?"
    11    § 2. The election law is amended by adding a new section 5-507 to read
    12  as follows:

    13    §  5-507.  Voter pre-registration and education on voter pre-registra-
    14  tion. 1. Pre-registration.  a. A person who is at least sixteen years of
    15  age and who is otherwise qualified to register to vote may  pre-register
    16  to  vote, and shall be automatically registered upon reaching the age of
    17  eligibility, following verification of the person's  qualifications  and
    18  address.
    19    b. A person who is currently (i) seventeen years of age on the date of
    20  a  primary  election, (ii) who will be eighteen years of age on the date
    21  of the general election, and (iii) who is otherwise  eligible  to  vote,
    22  may vote in the primary election.
    23    2.  Encouragement  of student voter registration and pre-registration.

    24  Local boards of education are required  to  adopt  policies  to  promote
    25  student  voter  registration  and  pre-registration.  These policies may
    26  include collaboration with county boards of elections to  conduct  voter
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.

        A. 7440                             2
     1  registration  and  pre-registration  in  high  schools.  Completion  and
     2  submission of voter registration or pre-registration forms shall not  be
     3  a course requirement or graded assignment for students.
     4    §  3. This act shall take effect January 1, 2013. Effective immediate-

     5  ly, the addition, amendment and/or repeal of any  rules  or  regulations
     6  necessary  for  the implementation of this act on its effective date are
     7  authorized to be made on or before such date.
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