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 4 of election law § 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 jurisdictions, it is common for candidates to be appointed poll watchers in election districts in which they appear on the ballot. Election inspectors have stated that this borders on electioneering within the poll site and is intimidating to voters. This bill would prohibit the option of candidates working as poll watchers in such circumstances.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2009-2010: A.10479; S.7662 2011-2012: S.3910-A
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act would take effect immediately
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 6715 IN SENATE March 3, 2014 ___________Introduced by Sen. MARCHIONE -- 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 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. S2. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD02028-01-3