Relates to the number and use of voting machines for village elections; requires villages who have not adopted a resolution pursuant to law to provide one voting machine for each eight hundred or fraction thereof of qualified voters in each election district.
TITLE OF BILL:
An act to amend the election law, in relation to the number and use of voting machines in village elections and providing for the repeal of such provisions upon expiration thereof
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:
This bill allows villages which administer their own elections independent of local boards of election to use lever voting machines in the administration of said elections until December 31, 2012.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
Section 1 of the bill states that villages which have not adopted a resolution allowing their local board of election to administer village elections may use lever voting machines in the administration of said election in lieu of the voting machines that have been approved by the State Board of Elections and currently in use by Boards of Elections throughout the state.
Section 2 makes it clear that the use of lever voting machines by villages in village elections shall not require local Boards of Elections to maintain, care for, store, or control these machines.
Section 3 specifies that this act shall take effect immediately and shall expire and be deemed repealed on December 31, 2012.
Current law requires that voting machines used throughout New York be those certified by the State Board of Elections. Pursuant to the voting modernization act adopted by the state the only machines currently certified are the electronic voting systems.
Lever voting machines have been successfully used throughout New York for over 100 years. The cost of using the lever machines is significantly less than the electronic machines. Electronic machines must be programmed and tested by the county boards of elections for extended periods of time, in addition the cost of scannable paper ballots for use in these machines is upwards of fifty-five cents apiece.
This bill gives the villages throughout the state the option to use the new electronic machines or the lever machines. This relief from the current state mandate will result in a significant cost savings to village taxpayers and give villages the opportunity for an orderly transition into the new machines over the next two years. This bill provides the same relief to villages that was provided to school districts last year.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
None to the state, cost savings to the county boards of elections and villages.
This bill would take effect immediately provided, however, that the authority to use lever machines will expire on December 31, 2012.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 3216 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN SENATE February 11, 2011 ___________Introduced by Sens. MARTINS, JOHNSON -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Rules AN ACT to amend the election law, in relation to the number and use of voting machines in village elections and providing for the repeal of such provisions upon expiration thereof THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 15-114 of the election law, as amended by chapter 373 of the laws of 1978, is amended to read as follows: S 15-114. Number AND USE of voting machines. 1. Any village that HAS NOT ADOPTED A RESOLUTION PURSUANT TO PARAGRAPH C OF SUBDIVISION ONE OF SECTION 15-104 OF THIS ARTICLE AND uses voting machines, INCLUDING LEVER VOTING MACHINES, for village elections shall provide one voting machine for each eight hundred or fraction thereof of qualified voters in each election district, as such voters are defined in section 15-110 of this article. 2. NOTHING IN THIS SECTION SHALL BE CONSTRUED TO REQUIRE THE BOARD OF ELECTIONS TO MAINTAIN THE CARE, CUSTODY OR CONTROL OF LEVER VOTING MACHINES. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately and shall expire and be deemed repealed December 31, 2012.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD04799-08-1