Relates to election inspectors at poll sites; requires at least one inspector of each major political party to be present at all times polls are open; does not require the same inspectors to be there the entire time.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the election law, in relation to election inspectors at poll sites
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section 1 amends subdivision 7 of section 3-400 of the Election Law to provide that there must be at least one inspector from each of the two major political parties present at a poll site at all times the polls are open.
Section 2 provides that this act shall take effect immediately.
PURPOSE AND JUSTIFICATION: Serving as a poll inspectors means a long day at the polling place, and this can prove difficult for many inspectors. The current law allows half day employment of inspectors, but requires that at least one of the inspectors from each major party be there all day. This bill will change this requirement, so that as long as there is an inspector from each major party present at all times, all inspectors could work for a half day. This bill will make it easier to recruit poll inspectors who may hesitate to commit to a very long day of work.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New bill.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 3485 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE February 4, 2013 ___________Introduced by Sens. RANZENHOFER, DeFRANCISCO -- 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 election inspectors at poll sites THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Subdivision 7 of section 3-400 of the election law, as added by chapter 5 of the laws of 2010, is amended to read as follows: 7. The board of elections may employ election inspectors to work half- day shifts with adjusted compensation, provided, however, that at least one inspector from each of the two major political parties is present at the poll site
[for the entire time]AT ALL TIMES that the polls are open. Each county board of elections shall prescribe the necessary rules and procedures to ensure proper poll site operation. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD07235-01-3