Requires the board of elections to provide Russian interpreters at certain polling locations in cities having a population in excess of one million people.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 9182 IN ASSEMBLY March 26, 2014 ___________Introduced by M. of A. COLTON -- read once and referred to the Committee on Election Law AN ACT to amend the election law, in relation to requiring the board of elections to provide Russian interpreters to certain polling locations in cities having a population in excess of one million people THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Subdivision 2 of section 5-216 of the election law is amended to read as follows: 2. A. If the applicant be a person who does not speak the English language, he may be assisted by a relative who can interpret for him. If the applicant registers with this assistance the board shall put in the remarks space of the registration forms the name and address, and the relationship, of the person so doing the interpreting and the interpret- er shall sign his name in the remarks space. B. IN ANY CITY HAVING A POPULATION OF ONE MILLION OR MORE PEOPLE, WHICH CONTAINS ANY COUNTY THAT HAS A POPULATION COMPRISED OF FIVE PERCENT OR MORE OF PEOPLE WHOSE FIRST LANGUAGE IS RUSSIAN WITHIN SUCH COUNTY, THE BOARD OF ELECTIONS SHALL PROVIDE RUSSIAN INTERPRETERS AT POLLING LOCATIONS IN THOSE ELECTION DISTRICTS WITHIN EACH SUCH COUNTY IN THE CITY HAVING A POPULATION COMPRISED OF FIVE PERCENT OR MORE PEOPLE WHOSE FIRST LANGUAGE IS RUSSIAN. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately and shall apply to all elections conducted on or after such effective date.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD14089-04-4