Requires the state board of elections to maintain on its official website electronic voter registration forms which contain the county board of elections' address.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the election law, in relation to county board of election addresses on voter registration forms available on the internet
PURPOSE: This bill is designed to enable the public to complete a voter registration form on the state board of election website, and have it automatically addressed to the appropriate county board of elections. It also enables the public and groups involved in voter registration to go to the state board website, provide an address and determine the county and board of elections address.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1: Amends election law section 5-210 to add new subdivisions 5-a and 5-b to require the state board of elections to make it possible for a person to go to its official website to download a blank voter registration form or to complete the form on line and have the return address of the registrant and the mailing address for the registrant's board of elections automatically filled in before it is downloaded and printed. It also requires that the public be able to go to the website, enter an address in New York State and be provided with the name and address of the appropriate county board of elections.
Section 2: Provides that the Act takes effect sixty days after it becomes law, but authorizes the immediate change of any rule or regulation necessary to implement the act on its effective date.
EXISTING LAW: There is currently no applicable law, and the state board of elections official website only allows the public to download blank forms or to complete the form on line, including addressing it to the county board of elections and inserting the registrant's return address.
JUSTIFICATION: Voters who are new to an area, and even some of those who have resided there for a considerable time, may not know what county they actually reside in. This may be because they reside at or near a county line, they are not aware of political or geographic subdivisions, or because, as in the City of New York, they are living in a borough that has a different county name, such as Kings County being known as Brooklyn and Richmond County being known as Staten Island. Having a look up feature for addresses and counties is also an invaluable feature for groups registering such voters. providing that type of information is something that databases are particularly capable of doing.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2009-2010: S.4035 - Passed Senate.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None or minimal.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This bill is effective sixty days after it becomes law, but it authorizes the immediate change of any rule or regulation necessary to implement the act on its effective date.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 3789 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN SENATE March 4, 2011 ___________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 county board of election addresses on voter registration forms available on the inter- net THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 5-210 of the election law is amended by adding two new subdivisions 5-a and 5-b to read as follows: 5-A. THE STATE BOARD OF ELECTIONS SHALL MAINTAIN ON ITS OFFICIAL WEBSITE ELECTRONIC VOTER REGISTRATION FORMS FOR USE BY AND DISTRIBUTION TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC, WHICH MEET THE REQUIREMENTS OF SUBDIVISION FIVE OF THIS SECTION AND ALLOW THE FOLLOWING: (A) DOWNLOAD OF BLANK VOTER REGISTRATION FORMS; AND (B) COMPLETION OF THE VOTER REGISTRATION FORM ELECTRONICALLY, ON WHICH THE RETURN ADDRESS OF THE REGISTRANT AND THE MAILING ADDRESS FOR THE REGISTRANT'S COUNTY BOARD OF ELECTIONS SHALL BE AUTOMATICALLY FILLED IN FOR THE REGISTRANT BEFORE IT IS DOWNLOADED FOR SIGNATURE AND MAILING. 5-B. THE STATE BOARD OF ELECTIONS SHALL MAINTAIN ON ITS OFFICIAL WEBSITE A COUNTY BOARD OF ELECTIONS FINDER, WHICH PERMITS THE PUBLIC TO ENTER AN ADDRESS WITHIN NEW YORK STATE AND BE PROVIDED WITH THE NAME AND ADDRESS OF THE COUNTY BOARD OF ELECTIONS FOR THAT ADDRESS. S 2. This act shall take effect on the sixtieth day after it shall have become a law; provided, however, that effective immediately, the addition, amendment and/or repeal of any rule or regulation necessary for the implementation of this act on its effective date is authorized to be made and completed on or before such date.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD00625-01-1