STATE OF NEW YORK
March 28, 2022
Introduced by M. of A. SALKA -- read once and referred to the Committee
on Election Law
AN ACT to amend the election law, in relation to requiring the county
seat in Madison county to have at least one polling place designated
for early voting
The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-bly, do enact as follows:
1 Section 1. Subdivision 2 of section 8-600 of the election law, as
2 amended by chapter 781 of the laws of 2021, is amended to read as
4 2. (a) The board of elections shall designate polling places for early
5 voting, which may include the offices of the board of elections, for
6 persons to vote early pursuant to this title.
7 (b) The largest city in the county or, if there is no city in the
8 county, the municipality with the highest population in each county
9 based on the latest federal decennial census, or the county seat in
10 Washington county, or the county seat in Madison county, shall have at
11 least one polling place designated for early voting, and to the extent
12 practicable if such city or municipality has public transportation
13 routes, such polling place shall be situated along such transportation
15 (c) In counties with at least five hundred thousand registered voters,
16 there shall be so designated at least one early voting polling place for
17 every full increment of forty thousand registered voters.
18 (d) In all other counties with less than five hundred thousand regis-
19 tered voters, there shall be so designated at least one early voting
20 polling place for every full increment of thirty thousand registered
21 voters; provided, however, the number of early voting polling places in
22 counties with less than five hundred thousand registered voters shall
23 not be required to be greater than ten nor less than one.
24 (e) For any special, primary or run-off primary election at which no
25 voters of the municipality with the highest population within the county
26 are eligible to vote, the board of elections may, in lieu of having an
27 early voting polling place in such municipality, designate a polling
EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
 is old law to be omitted.
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1 place for early voting in the municipality with the highest population
2 within the county within which the voters are eligible to vote at such
3 special, primary, or run-off primary election.
4 (f) The board of elections of each county or the city of New York may
5 establish additional polling places for early voting in excess of the
6 minimum number required by this subdivision for the convenience of
7 eligible voters.
8 (g) Notwithstanding the minimum number of early voting poll sites
9 otherwise required by this subdivision, for any primary or special
10 election, upon majority vote of the board of elections, the number of
11 early voting sites may be reduced when the board of elections determines
12 a lesser number of sites is sufficient to meet the needs of early
14 (h) Polling places for early voting shall be located so that voters in
15 the county have adequate and equitable access, taking into consideration
16 population density, travel time to the polling place, proximity to other
17 early voting poll sites, public transportation routes, commuter traffic
18 patterns and such other factors the board of elections deems appropri-
19 ate. The provisions of section 4-104 of this chapter, except subdivi-
20 sions four and five of such section, shall apply to the designation of
21 polling places for early voting except to the extent such provisions are
22 inconsistent with this section.
23 § 2. This act shall take effect on the same date and in the same
24 manner as section 2 of chapter 781 of the laws of 2021, takes effect.