Bill S100-2013

Relates to the verification of voter registration

Requires the inspector to require that the voter produce a driver's license or department of motor vehicles non-driver photo ID card or other current and valid photo identification before permitting the voter to cast his or her vote on the voting machine.

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  • Jan 8, 2014: REFERRED TO ELECTIONS
  • Jan 9, 2013: REFERRED TO ELECTIONS

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BILL NUMBER:S100

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the election law, in relation to verification of voter registration

PURPOSE: This bill requires a voter to produce valid photo identification before being permitted to vote through the use of a voting machine.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1 of this bill requires that a voter produce a driver's license or department of motor vehicles non-driver photo ill card or other current and valid photo identification before being permitted to vote through the use of a voting machine.

JUSTIFICATION: This bill helps to ensure the integrity of New York State's elections by ensuring that all voters verify that they are who they claim they are by producing photo identification before being allowed to cast their votes on a voting machine. This bill provides for those who are registered to vote but are unable to produce photo identification to vote by affidavit ballot. No one who is registered to vote will be prevented from voting solely because of their inability to present photo identification at a polling place. By requiring photo identification, the citizens of New York will be able to have confidence that their elected officials have been legitimately elected in fair and honest elections.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2011/2012: S.7112 Referred to Elections

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.


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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 100 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE (PREFILED) January 9, 2013 ___________
Introduced by Sen. GALLIVAN -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Elections AN ACT to amend the election law, in relation to verification of voter registration THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Subdivision 2-a of section 8-302 of the election law, as added by chapter 179 of the laws of 2005, is amended to read as follows: 2-a. (a) [If a voter's name appears in the computer generated regis- tration list with a notation indicating that the voter's identity was not yet verified as required by the federal Help America Vote Act, the] THE inspector shall require that the voter produce [one of the following types of identification] A DRIVER'S LICENSE OR DEPARTMENT OF MOTOR VEHI- CLES NON-DRIVER PHOTO ID CARD OR OTHER CURRENT AND VALID PHOTO IDENTIFI- CATION before permitting the voter to cast his or her vote on the voting machine[: (i) a driver's license or department of motor vehicles non-driver photo ID card or other current and valid photo identification; (ii) a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or other government document that shows the name and address of the voter]. (b) If the voter produces an identification document listed in para- graph (a) of this subdivision, the inspector shall indicate so in the computer generated registration list, the voter will be deemed verified as required by the federal Help America Vote Act and the voter shall be permitted to cast his or her vote on the voting machine. (c) If the voter does not produce an identification document listed in paragraph (a) of this subdivision, the voter shall only be entitled to vote by affidavit ballot unless a court order provides otherwise. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.

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