Bill S1978-2011

Removes ten day advance voter registration requirement

Amends the constitution to delete the requirement that registration for purposes of voting be completed at least ten days before election day and provides that laws be made to adequately safeguard against deception in the exercise of the right of suffrage; enables the legislature to enact legislation permitting persons to register to vote on election day and also to implement adequate safeguards against fraud.

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  • Feb 8, 2012: OPINION REFERRED TO JUDICIARY
  • Jan 9, 2012: TO ATTORNEY-GENERAL FOR OPINION
  • Jan 4, 2012: REFERRED TO JUDICIARY
  • Apr 27, 2011: OPINION REFERRED TO JUDICIARY
  • Jan 19, 2011: TO ATTORNEY-GENERAL FOR OPINION
  • Jan 14, 2011: REFERRED TO JUDICIARY

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BILL NUMBER:S1978

TITLE OF BILL: CONCURRENT RESOLUTION OF THE SENATE AND ASSEMBLY proposing an amendment to section 5 of article 2 of the constitution, in relation to the ten day advance registration requirement

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: This bill amends section 5 of article 2 of the constitution to eliminate the ten day advance voter registration requirement. If adopted, the legislature would set guidelines for this provision.

JUSTIFICATION: This legislation seeks to remove the ten day advance voter registration requirement. With voter turnout at an all time low, allowing same day registration would increase and encourage greater participation. This increased participation would only prove beneficial to the political process.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: None.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This amendment may be referred to the first regular legislative session convening after the next succeeding general election of members of the Assembly, and, in conformity with section 1 of article 19 of the constitution, be published for three months previous to the time of such election.


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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 1978 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 Judiciary CONCURRENT RESOLUTION OF THE SENATE AND ASSEMBLY proposing an amendment to section 5 of article 2 of the constitution, in relation to the ten day advance registration requirement Section 1. Resolved (if the Assembly concur), That section 5 of arti- cle 2 of the constitution be amended to read as follows: S 5. Laws shall be made for ascertaining, by proper proofs, the citi- zens who shall be entitled to the right of suffrage hereby established, and for the registration of voters[; which registration shall be completed at least ten days before each election] WITH SUCH PROVISION AS IN THE JUDGMENT OF THE LEGISLATURE IS ADEQUATE TO SAFEGUARD AGAINST DECEPTION IN THE EXERCISE OF THE RIGHT OF SUFFRAGE. Such registration shall not be required for town and village elections except by express provision of law. S 2. Resolved (if the Assembly concur), That the foregoing amendment be referred to the first regular legislative session convening after the next succeeding general election of members of the assembly, and, in conformity with section 1 of article 19 of the constitution, be published for three months previous to the time of such election. EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD89066-01-1

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