Relates to prohibiting certain candidates for public office from serving as poll watchers.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the election law, in relation to poll watchers
PURPOSE: This bill is intended to prohibit a candidate from serving as a poll watcher in an election district in which they appear on the ballot.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1 of the bill amends subdivision 1 of section 8-500 to prohibit a candidate from serving as a poll watcher in an election district in which they appear on the ballot.
Section 2 of the bill is the effective date.
JUSTIFICATION: In some jurisdiction, it is common for candidates to be appointed poll watchers in election district in which they appear on the ballot. Election inspectors have stated that this borders on electioneering within the pool site and is intimidating to voters. This bill would prohibit the option of candidates working as poll watchers in such circumstance.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2009-10: S.7662 Advanced to Third Reading
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 3910--A 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN SENATE March 9, 2011 ___________Introduced by Sen. LITTLE -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Elections -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee AN ACT to amend the election law, in relation to poll watchers THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Subdivision 4 of section 8-500 of the election law, as amended by chapter 9 of the laws of 1978, is amended to read as follows: 4. Each watcher must be a qualified voter of the city or county in which he OR SHE is to serve. NO PERSON SHALL BE APPOINTED OR ACT AS A WATCHER WHO IS A CANDIDATE FOR ANY PUBLIC OFFICE TO BE VOTED FOR BY THE VOTERS OF THE ELECTION DISTRICT IN THE SAME ELECTION IN WHICH THE WATCH- ER IS TO SERVE. NOTHING IN THIS SUBDIVISION SHALL BE CONSTRUED AS PROHIBITING ANY SUCH CANDIDATE FROM VISITING A POLLING PLACE IN SUCH DISTRICT ON AN ELECTION DAY WHILE THE POLLS ARE OPEN. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD04942-03-1