Provides that tenants of residential real property shall be provided with voter registration forms.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the real property law, in relation to providing tenants of residential real property with voter registration forms
PURPOSE: The bill provides that every landlord who rents out residential real property in New York State shall provide the tenants with voter registration forms at the time that the fully executed lease is delivered to the tenants.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section 1: Amends the Real Property Law to add a new section 238-a, which requires that whenever a tenant rents residential real estate, at time that the landlord or the landlord's representative provides the tenant with the lease signed by the landlord, the tenant shall also be provided with a voter registration form. It also requires the county boards of elections to make the necessary forms available to those who rent residential real estate.
Section 2: Provides for the Act to take effect on the thirtieth day after it becomes law.
EXISTING LAW: There is no existing law requiring voter registration applications to be provided by landlords who rent residential real estate.
JUSTIFICATION: People renting apartments may be moving into the state, or moving in or out of a county or election district, but may be unaware of this or of the need to provide a change of address to the local board of election. This provision provides voters with the opportunity to register to vote or register a change of address at the time when it is most likely that they will need to do so in order to secure or preserve their right to vote.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2010: S.7744 - Passed Judiciary; Third Reading Calendar. 2011-2012: S.1560 - Referred to Judiciary
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.
LOCAL FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act takes effect on the thirtieth day after the date it becomes a law.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 2541 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 Judiciary AN ACT to amend the real property law, in relation to providing tenants of residential real property with voter registration forms THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The real property law is amended by adding a new section 238-a to read as follows: S 238-A. VOTER REGISTRATION FORMS. 1. EVERY TENANT WHO ENTERS INTO A LEASE TO RENT RESIDENTIAL REAL PROPERTY LOCATED WITHIN THIS STATE SHALL BE PROVIDED WITH ANY FORMS NECESSARY TO COMPLY WITH THE VOTER REGISTRA- TION REQUIREMENTS SET FORTH IN ARTICLE FIVE OF THE ELECTION LAW. SUCH FORMS SHALL BE PROVIDED BY THE LANDLORD OR THE LANDLORD'S REPRESENTATIVE AT THE TIME SUCH LEASE IS SIGNED AND DELIVERED BY THE LANDLORD OR THE LANDLORD'S REPRESENTATIVE TO THE TENANT OR THE TENANT'S REPRESENTATIVE, WHETHER IN PERSON OR BY MAIL. 2. EACH COUNTY BOARD OF ELECTIONS IS HEREBY AUTHORIZED AND DIRECTED TO MAKE AVAILABLE TO PERSONS WHO RENT RESIDENTIAL REAL PROPERTY IN THIS STATE ALL FORMS NECESSARY FOR COMPLIANCE WITH THE PROVISIONS OF THIS SECTION. 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. LBD04493-01-3