A10340 Summary:

BILL NOA10340B
 
SAME ASSAME AS S06886-D
 
SPONSORJacobson
 
COSPNSRGalef, Paulin
 
MLTSPNSR
 
Amd 12-106, El L
 
Requires electors to vote for the presidential and vice presidential candidate who received the highest number of votes in the state.
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A10340 Actions:

BILL NOA10340B
 
04/29/2020referred to election law
05/11/2020amend and recommit to election law
05/11/2020print number 10340a
07/10/2020amend and recommit to election law
07/10/2020print number 10340b
07/21/2020reference changed to ways and means
07/22/2020reported referred to rules
07/22/2020reported
07/22/2020rules report cal.327
07/22/2020ordered to third reading rules cal.327
07/23/2020substituted by s6886d
 S06886 AMEND=D SKOUFIS
 12/04/2019REFERRED TO RULES
 01/08/2020REFERRED TO ELECTIONS
 03/16/2020AMEND (T) AND RECOMMIT TO ELECTIONS
 03/16/2020PRINT NUMBER 6886A
 05/01/2020AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO ELECTIONS
 05/01/2020PRINT NUMBER 6886B
 07/01/2020AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO ELECTIONS
 07/01/2020PRINT NUMBER 6886C
 07/09/2020AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO ELECTIONS
 07/09/2020PRINT NUMBER 6886D
 07/21/2020REPORTED AND COMMITTED TO RULES
 07/22/2020ORDERED TO THIRD READING CAL.893
 07/22/2020PASSED SENATE
 07/22/2020DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
 07/22/2020referred to ways and means
 07/23/2020substituted for a10340b
 07/23/2020ordered to third reading rules cal.327
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A10340 Committee Votes:

WAYS AND MEANS Chair:Weinstein DATE:07/22/2020AYE/NAY:32/0 Action: Favorable refer to committee Rules
WeinsteinAyeRaAye
LentolAyeCrouchAye
SchimmingerExcusedFitzpatrickAye
GlickAyeHawleyAye
NolanAyeMalliotakisAye
PretlowAyeMontesanoAye
PerryAyeBlankenbushAye
ColtonAyePalmesanoAye
CookAyeNorrisAye
CahillAyeBrabenecAye
AubryAye
CusickAye
OrtizAye
BenedettoAye
WeprinAye
RodriguezAye
RamosAye
BraunsteinAye
McDonaldAye
RozicAye
SimotasAye
DinowitzAye
MillerAye
JoynerExcused

RULES Chair:Heastie DATE:07/22/2020AYE/NAY:29/0 Action: Favorable
HeastieAyeBarclayAye
GottfriedAyeCrouchAye
LentolAyeFinchExcused
NolanAyeHawleyAye
WeinsteinAyeGiglioAye
OrtizAyeMalliotakisAye
PretlowAyeBlankenbushAye
CookAyeNorrisAye
GlickAye
AubryAye
EnglebrightAye
DinowitzAye
ColtonAye
MagnarelliAye
PerryAye
PaulinAye
Peoples-StokesAye
BenedettoAye
LavineAye
LupardoAye
ZebrowskiAye
ThieleAye

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A10340 Floor Votes:

There are no votes for this bill in this legislative session.
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A10340 Memo:

NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION
submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
 
BILL NUMBER: A10340B
 
SPONSOR: Jacobson
  TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the election law, in relation to requiring electors to vote for the presidential and vice presidential candidate who received the highest number of votes in the state; and providing for the repeal of such provisions upon expiration thereof   PURPOSE: To remove the risk that so-called "faithless electors" from New York could impact the outcome of a presidential election   SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1: Amends section 12-106 of the Election Law to require that each member of the Electoral College from New York must cast his or her ballot for the candidates for president and vice president who received the highest number of votes within the state. If an elector attempts to vote for a candidate who did not receive the highest number of votes, such action will constitute a resignation from the office of elector, and his or her vote will not be recorded. A replacement elector will be immediately selected in accordance with existing provisions in Section 12-104 of the Election Law. Nothing in this subdivision shall be inter- preted as modifying or repealing title four of article twelve of this chapter, the agreement among the states to elect the president by national popular vote. Section 2: Effective date.   JUSTIFICATION: Except for Maine and Nebraska, every state in the country awards 100% of its electoral votes to the presidential candidate who receives the high- est number of votes within the state. However, the individuals chosen as members of the Electoral College can and sometimes do vote for a candi- date who did not win the highest number of votes. In the 2016 Presiden- tial election, for example, although Donald Trump won the state of Texas, two electors from Texas cast their votes for other candidates (one for John Kaisch and one for Ron Paul). Likewise, although Hillary Clinton won the states of Washington and Hawaii, four electors from Washington, and one from Hawaii voted for other candidates (Colin Powell received three votes, and Bernie Sanders and Faith Spotted Eagle each received one vote). Because of Donald Trump's sizable Electoral College majority, the actions of these "faithless electors" were irrelevant, but in a close election, faithless electors could potentially determine the winner-a deeply concerning idea. These votes by rogue electors are possible because many states, includ- ing New York, do not have any laws in place requiring electors to vote for the candidates to whom they are pledged or the candidates who won the highest number of votes in the state. This bill would address the issue in New York by requiring members of the Electoral College from our state to cast their ballots for the candidates for president and vice president who received the highest number of votes in the state. If an elector attempted to vote for a candidate who did not receive the high- est number of votes, their vote would not be recorded, and their action would constitute a _ resignation from the office of elector. A replace- ment elector would be immediately selected in accordance with existing provisions of the Election Law that cover the resignation or removal of an elector.   LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New bill   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None   EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately and shall expire and be deemed repealed on January 21, 2021.
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