Authorizes, under certain circumstances, full-time college and university students to act as election inspectors and poll clerks in the election district where their college or university is located.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the election law, in relation to the appointment of college and university students as election inspectors
PURPOSE: Permits boards of elections to hire college and university students as elections inspectors without compliance with certain requirements.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Amends the election law to add a new subdivision 6-a to section 3-400 which authorizes local boards of election to recruit full-time students from college and university in the city or county to serve as election inspectors, even if they do not reside in that city or county. Such student election inspectors would be exempt from the current county residency requirements, but must be registered voters residing in New York state, and meet all other existing statutory requirements.
JUSTIFICATION: Every year at election time, election districts around the state are plagued by a shortage of trained staff to operate as elections inspectors at local polling places. One consequence of this chronic shortage is that several election districts are often forced to vote in a single polling place, an inconvenience for voters who would prefer to cast their ballots closer to home and an administrative nightmare for election workers who must maintain and close down several machines. In a presidential election year or a year with several hotly contested races, these staffing shortages are felt more acutely. In some areas of New York city, voters were forced to wait for 2-3 hours to cast their ballots during the 2000 General Election.
To ensure that every New Yorker can fully participate in the election process, we need to increase the number of trained election inspectors. New recruitment is especially important now because many of the current inspectors are senior citizens and will retire from their poll watching duties in the next few years. I propose that New York solve its election inspector shortage by exploiting a heretofore untapped labor pool college students. By recruiting young people as inspectors, New York will help alleviate a current crisis while ensuring an adequate pool of polling place personnel for many years to come.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2002 - A.4823 - Referred to Elections 2004 - A.3243 - Referred to Elections 2006 - S.4427 - Referred to Elections 2008 - S.2255 - Referred to Elections 2010 - S.1837 - Referred to Elections; Passed Senate
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.
This act shall take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 543 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN SENATE (PREFILED) January 5, 2011 ___________Introduced by Sens. KLEIN, KRUEGER, SAMPSON, SMITH, STAVISKY -- 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 appointment of college and university students as election inspectors THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 3-400 of the election law is amended by adding a new subdivision 6-a to read as follows: 6-A. (A) NOTWITHSTANDING THE PROVISIONS OF SUBDIVISION SIX OF THIS SECTION, ANY PERSON WHO IS A FULL-TIME COLLEGE OR UNIVERSITY STUDENT MAY BE CERTIFIED AND ACT AS AN ELECTION INSPECTOR OR POLL CLERK IN THE COUN- TY IN WHICH SUCH PERSON'S COLLEGE OR UNIVERSITY IS LOCATED, OR, IF LOCATED WITHIN THE CITY OF NEW YORK, THEN SUCH PERSON MAY BE SO CERTI- FIED IN ANY COUNTY THEREIN, PROVIDED HE OR SHE: (1) IS REGISTERED TO VOTE IN THIS STATE; (2) HOLDS NO ELECTIVE OFFICE; (3) IS NOT A CANDIDATE FOR ANY PUBLIC OFFICE TO BE VOTED FOR BY THE VOTERS OF THE DISTRICT IN WHICH HE OR SHE IS TO SERVE, AND IS NOT THE SPOUSE, PARENT OR CHILD OF SUCH A CANDIDATE; AND (4) IS ABLE TO SPEAK AND READ THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND WRITE IT LEGI- BLY. (B) FOR THE PURPOSES OF THIS SUBDIVISION, THE TERM "FULL-TIME" SHALL MEAN ANY MATRICULATED STUDENT ENROLLED IN AT LEAST TWELVE CREDIT HOURS PER SEMESTER AT A COLLEGE, AS DEFINED BY SUBDIVISION TWO OF SECTION SIX HUNDRED ONE OF THE EDUCATION LAW, LOCATED IN THIS STATE. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD04314-01-1