Requires each county board of elections to distribute registration application forms to the public through distribution to public buildings, banks and various other facilities that the public may frequent.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the election law, in relation to making mail registration forms available in public buildings and other public places
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: To provide easy access to voter registration forms.
JUSTIFICATION: All voting application forms should be made easily accessible to the public.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2009-10: S.1062 - Passed Senate; Died in Assembly Election Law. Returned to Senate and Referred to Elections Committee 2011-2012: S. 1555-A - Referred to Elections Committee
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Each county board of elections shall make application forms available to the public through distribution to federal, state and local government buildings.
EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 2537 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE January 18, 2013 ___________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 making mail registra- tion forms available in public buildings and other public places THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Paragraph (a) of subdivision 2 of section 5-210 of the election law, as amended by chapter 179 of the laws of 2005, is amended to read as follows: (a) Application forms for use pursuant to this section shall be furnished by a county board of elections to any person requesting such form. Application forms sent outside of the United States to a country other than Canada or Mexico, shall be sent airmail. Each county board of elections shall also cause such application forms to be as widely and freely distributed as possible. EACH COUNTY BOARD OF ELECTIONS SHALL MAKE APPLICATION FORMS AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC THROUGH DISTRIBUTION TO FEDERAL, STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTAL BUILDINGS. SUCH BUILDINGS MAY INCLUDE, BUT NOT BE LIMITED TO BANKS, PUBLIC LIBRARIES, LOCAL OFFICES OF THE DEPARTMENT OF MOTOR VEHICLES, UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE OFFICES AND OFFICES OF EACH LOCAL DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD04496-01-3