STATE OF NEW YORK
2021-2022 Regular Sessions
February 8, 2021
Introduced by M. of A. SIMPSON -- read once and referred to the Commit-
tee on Governmental Operations
CONCURRENT RESOLUTION OF THE SENATE AND ASSEMBLY
proposing the addition of a new article 20 to the constitution, in
relation to providing for recall of an elective officer
1 Section 1. Resolved (if the Senate concur), That article 20 of the
2 constitution be renumbered article 21 and a new article 20 be added to
3 read as follows:
4 ARTICLE XX
6 Section 1. Recall is the power of citizens to remove an elective
8 § 2. a. Recall of a state officer is initiated by a registered voter
9 registering his or her intent to initiate a recall of a state official
10 with the state board of elections. Intent to initiate a recall shall
11 include a reason for recall. Sufficiency of reason is not reviewable.
12 Proponents have ninety days from the registering of intent to file
13 sufficient petitions.
14 b. A petition to recall a statewide officer shall be sufficient when
15 signed by registered voters equal in number to at least twenty percent
16 of the total number of voters to vote in the previous election for the
17 office, with signatures from each of the counties within the state equal
18 in number to at least one percent of the total number of voters to vote
19 in the previous election for the office in the county. A petition to
20 recall senators and members of the assembly shall be sufficient when
21 signed by registered voters equal in number to at least twenty percent
22 of the total number of voters to vote in the previous election for the
23 office in the senate or assembly district. There shall be no ability to
24 recall officers serving in the office of judge. Sufficient petitions
25 shall be certified by the state board of elections.
26 c. The state board of elections shall maintain a continuous count of
27 the signatures certified to that office.
EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
 is old law to be omitted.
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1 § 3. a. An election to determine whether to recall an officer shall be
2 held no less than seventy days nor more than ninety days from the date
3 of certification of sufficient signatures.
4 b. If the majority of voters vote in favor of recall, the officer is
5 removed. In the following special election to fill the vacancy of the
6 recalled official, the recalled officer may not be a candidate, nor
7 shall there by any candidacy for an office filled pursuant to section
8 two of article six of this constitution.
9 c. Upon the recall of a state official in the office of state senate
10 or state assembly, a special election shall be called by the governor to
11 fill the vacancy of a state senate or state assembly district.
12 § 4. If recall of the governor is enacted, the duties of the office
13 shall be performed by the lieutenant governor. If recall of the lieuten-
14 ant governor is enacted, the duties of the lieutenant governor shall be
15 performed by the temporary president of the senate. If recall of the
16 attorney general or comptroller is enacted, the office of attorney
17 general or comptroller shall be filled pursuant to section forty-one of
18 article three of the public officers law.
19 § 5. A state officer who is not recalled shall not be reimbursed by
20 the state for the officer's recall election expenses legally and
21 personally incurred. Another recall may not be initiated against the
22 officer until six months after the recall.
23 § 6. Costs incurred by the county board of elections for operating the
24 recall and the special election shall be reimbursed through the general
25 fund of New York state.
26 § 2. Resolved (if the Senate concur), That the foregoing amendment be
27 referred to the first regular legislative session convening after the
28 next succeeding general election of members of the assembly, and, in
29 conformity with section 1 of article 19 of the constitution, be
30 published for 3 months previous to the time of such election.