Relates to half-day shifts for election inspectors or poll clerks.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the election law, in relation to half-day shifts for election inspectors or poll clerks
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:
To allow poll clerks to work half-day shifts on Election Day.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
Section 1 amends subdivision 7 of §3-400 of the Election Law to allow for half-day Election Day shifts for poll clerks.
Section 2 contains the effective date.
Poll worker recruitment is notoriously difficult. Very few voters are willing or able to devote an entire 16 hour day to serving as a poll worker, however, a less time-consuming commitment could improve recruitment efforts. The Board of Elections is permitted to appoint election inspectors for 8 hour shifts. This permission should be extended to poll clerks, as well.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
This is a new bill.
This bill would take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 4480 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE April 3, 2013 ___________Introduced by Sen. TKACZYK -- 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 half-day shifts for election inspectors or poll clerks 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 OR POLL CLERKS to work half-day shifts with adjusted compensation, provided, however, that THERE SHALL NOT BE A TIME WHEN THE POLL SITE IS OPEN THAT THERE IS NOT at least one inspector from each of the two major political parties
[is]present [at the poll site for the entire time that the polls are open]. Each county board of elections shall prescribe the necessary rules and procedures to ensure proper poll site operation, INCLUDING RULES DETAILING THE BASIS ON WHICH A REQUEST BY AN ELECTION INSPECTOR OR POLL CLERK TO WORK A HALF-DAY SHIFT MAY BE DENIED. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD08699-01-3