Requires the board of elections to provide email notifications to voters whenever they change the location of a polling place.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the election law, in relation to email notification of a change in location of a polling place
PURPOSE; To require the board of elections to notify voters by email whenever a polling place location is to be changed or moved providing the voter has supplied the board with a valid email address.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
Section one requires additional notification by email of a change in location of a polling place.
Section 2 requires voters to who have provided the board with a valid email address.
Section 3 compels the board to provide a space for the applicant to provide a valid email address to which official correspondence from the state board of elections may be sent.
JUSTIFICATION: Currently, whenever the boards of election change a polling place, they are required to send a written notification at least five days prior to each registered voter notifying him or her of the change in location of the polling place. Today, individuals are more reliant on electronic mail as their primary method of correspondence. Providing an email notification option to voters will enable the boards provide this important information in a more effective, efficient and timely fashion.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New bill.
FISCAL IMPLICATION: To be determined.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect the ninetieth day it shall have become law.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 3820 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE February 21, 2013 ___________Introduced by Sen. KENNEDY -- 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 email notification of a change in location of a polling place THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Subdivision 2 of section 4-104 of the election law is amended to read as follows: 2. If the board of elections, after designating a polling place, and after sending written notice of such polling place to each registered voter, designates an alternative polling place, it must, at least five days before the next election or day for registration, send by mail AND EMAIL a written notice to each registered voter notifying him OR HER of the changed location of such polling place. If such notice is not possi- ble the board of elections must provide for an alternative form of notice to be given to voters at the location of the previous polling place. S 2. Paragraph (a) of subdivision 5 of section 4-104 of the election law, as amended by chapter 95 of the laws of 1995, is amended to read as follows: (a) Whenever the number of voters eligible to vote in an election in any election district is less than one hundred, the polling place desig- nated for such district may be the polling place of any other district which could properly be designated as the polling place of the first mentioned district pursuant to the provisions of this chapter, except that the polling place designated for any such district may be the poll- ing place of any other district in such city or town provided that the distance from such first mentioned district to the polling place for such other district is not unreasonable pursuant to rules or regulations prescribed by the state board of elections and provided that the total number of persons eligible to vote in such other district in suchEXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD07126-01-3 S. 3820 2
election, including the persons eligible to vote in such first mentioned districts, is not more than five hundred. The inspectors of election and poll clerks, if any, of such other election district shall also act in all respects as the election officers for such first mentioned districts and no other inspectors shall be appointed to serve in or for such first mentioned districts. A separate poll ledger or computer generated regis- tration list, separate voting machine or ballots and separate canvass of results shall be provided for such first mentioned districts, except that if the candidates and ballot proposals to be voted on by the voters of such districts are the same, the election districts shall be combined and shall constitute a single election district for that election. If the polling place for any election district is moved for any election, pursuant to the provisions of this subdivision, the board of elections shall, not later than ten nor more than fifteen days before such election, mail, by first class mail, to each voter eligible to vote in such election district at such election, a notice setting forth the location of the polling place for such election and specifying that such location is for such election only, AND EMAIL THE SAME NOTIFICATION TO ANY VOTER THAT HAS SUPPLIED THE BOARD WITH A VALID EMAIL ADDRESS. S 3. Paragraph (k) of subdivision 5 of section 5-210 of the election law is amended by adding a new subparagraph (xiii) to read as follows: (XIII) A SPACE FOR THE APPLICANT TO PROVIDE AN EMAIL ADDRESS TO WHICH OFFICIAL CORRESPONDENCE FROM THE STATE BOARD OF ELECTIONS MAY BE SENT. S 4. This act shall take effect on the ninetieth day after it shall have become a law.