Bill S3242-2015

Amends the constitution to allow persons who will be 18 years old at the time of a presidential election to vote in primary election if 17 at the time

Amends the constitution to allow a person who will be 18 years old at the the time of a presidential election to vote in the presidential primary election if he or she is 17 years of age at the time of the presidential primary election.

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  • Mar 3, 2015: TO ATTORNEY-GENERAL FOR OPINION
  • Mar 2, 2015: OPINION REFERRED TO JUDICIARY
  • Feb 3, 2015: REFERRED TO JUDICIARY

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BILL NUMBER:S3242

TITLE OF BILL: CONCURRENT RESOLUTION OF THE SENATE AND ASSEMBLY proposing an amendment to section 1 of article 2 of the constitution, in relation to qualifications of voters

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:

Amends the constitution to allow a person who will be 18 years old a the time of a presidential election to vote in primary election if 17 at the time

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:

Section 1 of article 2 of the constitution is amended to provide that every citizen who is seventeen year of age at the time of a primary election for president of the United States and who will be eighteen years of age at the time of the general election for which such primary election is held shall be eligible to vote in such primary election.

JUSTIFICATION:

Allowing 17-year-olds who would be 18 by the time of a general election the opportunity to vote in a primary would be a positive first step as it would allow those individuals who are eligible to vote in November the opportunity to vote for a candidate in the primary, thereby encouraging them to participate in the process. Voting is a basic obligation of being a United States citizen. It only makes sense to get our young people involved and invite them to take part in the election process. Furthermore, this bill would address a shocking inequity in our laws that allow a 17 year old to eligible to enlist in the armed forces and fight in a war but not have the ability to vote.

A grass roots group called Rock the Vote, founded over twenty years ago, encourages young voters to register and vote and to engage in politics. It has expanded its campaign to high school seniors and supports voting in presidential primaries if 17 year old's will turn 18 by the general election. Rock the Vote is dedicated to building the political power of young people by engaging them in the electoral process and urging politicians to pay attention to issues that matter to young voters.

Currently about half of the states allow 17 year old primary voting. Other states allow 17 year old primary voting in a presidential year which is the objective of this legislation.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

2013-2014: A.523 - Died on 3rd Rdg. S.4758 Died in Judiciary; 2012-2011: A.4464 - Died on 3rd Rdg. S.6123 - Died in Judiciary; 2009-2010: A.5110-Passed Assembly/S.4226-Died on 3rd Rdg; 2008: A.10084-Opinion referred to Judiciary.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

None.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

The foregoing amendment be referred to the first regular legislative convening after the next succeeding general election of members of the assembly, an, in conformity with section 1 of article 19 of the constitution, and be published for 3 months previous to the time of such election.


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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 3242 2015-2016 Regular Sessions IN SENATE February 3, 2015 ___________
Introduced by Sen. SAVINO -- 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 1 of article 2 of the constitution, in relation to qualifications of voters Section 1. Resolved (if the Assembly concur), That section 1 of arti- cle 2 of the constitution be amended to read as follows: Section 1. Every citizen shall be entitled to vote at every election for all officers elected by the people and upon all questions submitted to the vote of the people provided that such citizen is eighteen years of age or over and shall have been a resident of this state, and of the county, city, or village for thirty days next preceding an election; PROVIDED, HOWEVER, A CITIZEN WHO IS SEVENTEEN YEARS OF AGE AT THE TIME OF A PRIMARY ELECTION FOR PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES AND WHO WILL BE EIGHTEEN YEARS OF AGE AT THE TIME OF THE GENERAL ELECTION FOR WHICH SUCH PRIMARY ELECTION IS HELD SHALL BE ELIGIBLE TO VOTE IN SUCH PRIMARY ELECTION. 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 3 months previous to the time of such election. EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD89032-01-5

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