Makes the following participating agencies for purposes of agency assisted voter registration: public libraries, local housing authorities, and public high schools; directs the state board of elections to promulgate rules and regulations for implementation.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the election law, in relation to designating additional participating agencies for purposes of agency assisted voter registration
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Section 1 amends section 5-211 of the election law in relation to adding public libraries, local housing authorities, and public high school to agencies for the purposes of assisting with voter registration.
JUSTIFICATION: Registering to vote can be a difficult process for many people. This bill would make the process easier by requiring more agencies to offer voter registration forms upon application for services, renewal of services, and change of address relating to such services. Such agencies will also be responsible for providing assistance to applicants in completing voter registration forms, and receiving and transmitting the completed application forms to the appropriate board of elections. In addition to college campuses, Immigration and Naturalization Services, and recruitment offices of the armed forces, all public libraries, local housing authorities, and public high schools will offer the same voter registration services. This will increase the number of eligible voters, and make the voting process less difficult.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: None.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Minimal.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the one hundred twentieth day after it shall have become a law, provided that the state board of elections is authorized to promulgate any rules to implement this act on or before its effective date.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 1970 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN SENATE January 14, 2011 ___________Introduced by Sen. GIANARIS -- 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 designating additional participating agencies for purposes of agency assisted voter registra- tion THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The opening paragraph of section 5-211 of the election law, as amended by chapter 200 of the laws of 1996, is amended to read as follows: Each agency designated as a participating agency under the provisions of this section shall implement and administer a program of distribution of voter registration forms pursuant to the provisions of this section. The following offices which provide public assistance and/or provide state funded programs primarily engaged in providing services to persons with disabilities are hereby designated as voter registration agencies: designated as the state agencies which provide public assistance are the
[department of social services]OFFICE OF TEMPORARY AND DISABILITY ASSISTANCE and the department of health. Also designated as public assistance agencies are all agencies of local government that provide such assistance. Designated as state agencies that provide programs primarily engaged in providing services to people with disabilities are the department of labor, office for the aging, division of veterans' affairs, office of mental health, office of vocational and educational services for individuals with disabilities, commission on quality of care for the mentally disabled, office of mental retardation and devel- opmental disabilities, commission for the blind and visually hand- icapped, office of alcoholism and substance abuse services, the office of the advocate for the disabled and all offices which administer programs established or funded by such agencies. Additional state agen- cies designated as voter registration offices are the department ofEXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD04807-01-1 S. 1970 2
state and the division of workers' compensation. Such agencies shall be required to offer voter registration forms to persons upon initial application for services, renewal or recertification for services and change of address relating to such services. Such agencies shall also be responsible for providing assistance to applicants in completing voter registration forms, receiving and transmitting the completed application form from all applicants who wish to have such form transmitted to the appropriate board of elections. The state board of elections shall, together with representatives of the department of defense, develop and implement procedures for including recruitment offices of the armed forces of the United States as voter registration offices when such offices are so designated by federal law. The state board shall also make request of the United States Immigration and Naturalization Service to include applications for registration by mail with any materials which are given to new citizens. All institutions of the state univer- sity of New York and the city university of New York, shall, at the beginning of the school year, and again in January of a year in which the president of the United States is to be elected, provide an applica- tion for registration to each student in each such institution. The state board of elections may, by regulation, grant a waiver from any or all of the requirements of this section to any office or program of an agency, if it determines that it is not feasible for such office or program to administer such requirement. ALSO DESIGNATED AS PARTICIPAT- ING AGENCIES ARE ALL PUBLIC LIBRARIES, WHICH SHALL BE REQUIRED TO OFFER VOTER REGISTRATION FORMS TO PERSONS EIGHTEEN YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER UPON INITIAL APPLICATION FOR A LIBRARY CARD. ALSO DESIGNATED AS PARTICIPATING AGENCIES ARE ALL LOCAL HOUSING AUTHORITIES, WHICH SHALL BE REQUIRED TO OFFER VOTER REGISTRATION FORMS TO PERSONS UPON INITIAL APPLICATION FOR SERVICES OR RECERTIFICATION FOR SERVICES. ALSO DESIGNATED AS PARTICIPAT- ING AGENCIES ARE ALL PUBLIC HIGH SCHOOLS, WHICH SHALL BE REQUIRED TO OFFER VOTER REGISTRATION FORMS TO ALL SENIORS UPON THEIR GRADUATION. S 2. This act shall take effect on the one hundred twentieth day after it shall have become a law; provided that the state board of elections is authorized to promulgate any rules necessary to implement this act on or before its effective date.