Provides that voters who voted by affidavit ballot shall be notified as to whether their vote was tallied, and, if not, an explanation must be provided.
BILL NUMBER: S1056
TITLE OF BILL : An act to amend the election law, in relation to tally notification for affidavit ballot voters
PURPOSE : To notify voters who have cast their ballot by affidavit when their ballot was not tallied and counted.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS : Requires local boards of election to notify in writing, any person who voted in a general or special election by affidavit ballot as to whether or not their vote was eventually tallied. If such votes were not tallied, such notification must provide an explanation.
EXISTING LAW : At present, there is no provision in law that notifies a voter when their ballot has been counted.
JUSTIFICATION : We encourage our citizens to vote, yet when they are forced to vote by affidavit or paper ballot their vote is often not counted. This can be the result being given the wrong election district within a polling site, being given the wrong ballot format of that ED, an inspector fails to complete their portion of the envelope or for a variety of other reasons. The voter should be notified that their vote was not counted and for what reason so that they will be able to avoid the same mistake or pit fall in the next election.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY : New Bill.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS : None.
LOCAL FISCAL IMPLICATIONS : Minimal postage by local board.
EFFECTIVE DATE : This act shall become law on the thirtieth day after it shall have become a law.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 1056 2009-2010 Regular Sessions IN SENATE January 22, 2009 ___________Introduced by Sen. ADDABBO -- 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 tally notification for affidavit ballot voters THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The election law is amended by adding a new section 8-313 to read as follows: S 8-313. TALLY NOTIFICATION FOR VOTERS CASTING AN AFFIDAVIT BALLOT. 1. THE BOARD OF ELECTIONS SHALL NOTIFY IN WRITING ANY PERSON WHO VOTED IN A GENERAL OR SPECIAL ELECTION BY AFFIDAVIT BALLOT AS TO WHETHER OR NOT THEIR VOTE WAS EVENTUALLY TALLIED. IF SUCH VOTES WERE NOT TALLIED, SUCH NOTIFICATION MUST PROVIDE AN EXPLANATION. 2. NOTIFICATION MUST BE PROVIDED NO LATER THAN NINETY DAYS AFTER THE BOARD OF ELECTIONS HAS CERTIFIED THE WINNERS FOR ALL OFFICES ON THE BALLOTS. S 2. This act shall take effect on the thirtieth day after it shall have become a law.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD01199-02-9