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A05829 Summary:

COSPNSRMcDonald, Conrad, McMahon, Colton, Seawright, Darling, Galef, Dinowitz, Gunther, Zinerman, Thiele, Simon, Steck, Jacobson, Sillitti, Hevesi, Septimo, Jackson, Forrest
Add Art 25 1301, Ed L
Establishes a school voter registration access program to promote student voter registration and pre-registration.
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A05829 Text:

                STATE OF NEW YORK
                               2021-2022 Regular Sessions
                   IN ASSEMBLY
                                    February 26, 2021
        Introduced  by  M.  of  A.  WALLACE,  McDONALD, CONRAD, McMAHON, COLTON,
          once  and referred to the Committee on Education -- recommitted to the
          Committee on Education in accordance with Assembly Rule 3, sec.  2  --
          committee  discharged,  bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and
          recommitted to said committee
        AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to establishing a  school
          voter registration access program
          The  People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
     1    Section 1. The education law is amended by adding a new article 25  to
     2  read as follows:
     3                                 ARTICLE 25
     4                      SCHOOL VOTER REGISTRATION ACCESS
     5  Section 1301. School voter registration access.
     6    §  1301. School voter registration access. Each school district, board
     7  of cooperative educational  services,  charter  school,  and  non-public
     8  school  shall  adopt  a policy to promote student voter registration and
     9  pre-registration pursuant to chapter two of the  laws  of  two  thousand
    10  nineteen.  Such  policy shall, in accordance with the provisions of this
    11  article, require all schools operated by such school  districts,  boards
    12  of  cooperative  educational  services,  charter schools, and non-public
    13  schools serving any or all of grades ten, eleven,  and  twelve  to  make
    14  available access to voter registration and pre-registration applications
    15  during  the school year for the purposes of educating students about the
    16  voting enrollment process  and  providing  eligible  students  with  the
    17  opportunity  to  register  or  pre-register  to vote as applicable. Such
    18  policy shall include procedures for  acquiring  and  transmitting  voter
    19  registration  and  pre-registration  applications  to and from the local
    20  board of elections and dissemination among  their  appropriate  schools,
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.

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     1  methods  of  regular  communication with eligible students on the avail-
     2  ability of such applications and their right to register or pre-register
     3  to vote and may include collaboration with local boards of elections and
     4  outside  organizations  to assist in making available voter registration
     5  and pre-registration applications in any school serving any  or  all  of
     6  grades  ten,  eleven,  and  twelve.  Completion  and submission of voter
     7  registration or pre-registration forms shall not be a course requirement
     8  or graded assignment for students.   Local  boards  of  elections  shall
     9  comply with requests from school districts, boards of cooperative educa-
    10  tional services, charter schools, and non-public schools to transmit the
    11  requested  number  of  registration and pre-registration applications in
    12  such manner as requested.
    13    § 2. This act shall take effect on the first of July  next  succeeding
    14  the  date on which it shall have become a law. Effective immediately the
    15  addition, amendment and/or repeal of any rule  or  regulation  necessary
    16  for  the implementation of this act on its effective date are authorized
    17  to be made on or before such date.
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