Relates to the number of affidavit ballots to be supplied at polling sites.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the election law, in relation to the number of affidavit ballots to be supplied at polling sites
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:
To ensure that the Board of Elections provides enough affidavit ballots at each polling site.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
Section 1 requires that the Board of Elections provides enough affidavit ballots at each polling site. The section defines enough as at least 15% of the total voter turnout at the polling site for the last election of the same kind (i.e., general, primary, special).
Section 2 contains the effective date.
Voters who encounter a problem with their registration on Election Day vote using an affidavit ballot. If their registration is later determined to be valid, their affidavit ballot will be counted. Many of the voters who use affidavit ballots are the most likely to be disenfranchised due to language barriers or a lack of familiarity with the voting process. When a polling site is unable to offer these voters the opportunity to fill out an affidavit ballot and participate in the election process, it not only disenfranchises them for that election, it makes them less likely to vote in future elections.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
This is a new bill.
This bill would take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 4482 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 the number of affidavit ballots to be supplied at polling sites THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 7-106 of the election law is amended by adding a new subdivision 12 to read as follows: 12. EACH COUNTY BOARD OF ELECTIONS SHALL BE REQUIRED TO SUPPLY EACH POLLING SITE WITHIN THE COUNTY AFFIDAVIT BALLOTS. THE NUMBER OF AFFIDA- VIT BALLOTS SUPPLIED TO EACH POLLING SITE SHALL NOT BE LESS THAN FIFTEEN PERCENT OF THE TOTAL VOTER TURNOUT IN EACH ELECTION DISTRICT AT THE POLLING SITE FOR THE LAST ELECTION OF THAT KIND. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD07745-01-3