Authorizes the board of elections to provide special ballots to board of election employees anytime up to the close of polls on election day.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the election law, in relation to the provision of special ballots for board of election employees
PURPOSE: This bill removes the restriction on when a county board of elections can provide ballots to election inspectors. Under current law such ballots shall not be given out earlier than two weeks prior to the election.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section one of this bill amends election law section 11-302 to remove the two week time restriction on when special ballots can be given out by boards of elections to inspectors.
JUSTIFICATION: This bill eliminates that statutory requirement of a two week timeframe restricting when the local Board of Elections can provide elections inspectors with their special ballots By removing this language from the law, these special ballots will now be made available in a fashion generally applicable to absentee ballots under § 8-406 of the Election Law This will streamline the process and avoid the potential disenfranchising of voters who work at polling places on election day.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2013: New bill.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 4269 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE March 18, 2013 ___________Introduced by Sens. TKACZYK, STEWART-COUSINS, ADDABBO, BRESLIN, CARLUC- CI, DILAN, ESPAILLAT, GIPSON, HASSELL-THOMPSON, HOYLMAN, KRUEGER, LATIMER, LAVALLE, MONTGOMERY, O'BRIEN, PARKER, RIVERA, SAMPSON, SANDERS, SERRANO, SQUADRON, STAVISKY -- read twice and ordered print- ed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Elections AN ACT to amend the election law, in relation to the provision of special ballots for board of election employees THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 11-302 of the election law, as amended by chapter 163 of the laws of 2010, is amended to read as follows: S 11-302. Special ballots for board of election employees. A person who is an employee of the board of elections or who has been appointed to serve as an inspector of elections, poll clerk or election coordina- tor at a polling place other than the one at which he or she is regis- tered to vote, may deliver to the inspectors of election of the election district in which he or she is registered, or to the board of elections, at any time during the period in which an application for an absentee ballot may be so delivered pursuant to the provisions of this chapter, a written statement that he or she will be unable to appear at the polling place for such election district on the day of an election because his or her duties as an employee of such board or as an inspector, poll clerk or election coordinator require him or her to be elsewhere. The board of elections shall provide such voter a special ballot
[not earli- er than two weeks before the election and]not later than the close of the polls on election day. Such cast ballots may be delivered to an office of such board of elections or to any board of inspectors not later than the close of the polls on election day. Such ballots shall be retained at the board of elections and cast and canvassed pursuant to the provisions of section 9-209 of this chapter. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD08692-01-3