Relates to the preservation of ballots and records of voting machines; provides that lists of registered voters shall be maintained for two years.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the election law, in relation to the retention of poll books
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:
To synchronize the retention of poll books with that of other election-related materials.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
Section 3-220 of the election law is amended to reduce the time that county boards of elections must retain poll books from four years to two years
This legislation, as supported by the New York State Board of Elections, would change the election law to be consistent with the rules relating to the retention of other election-related documents. This reduction in retention time of poll books would save counties thousands of dollars for the storage of these records in secure, environmentally suited storage.
Financial savings to county boards of elections.
This is a new bill.
This act shall take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 6742 IN SENATE March 5, 2014 ___________Introduced by Sen. MARTINS -- 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 retention of poll books THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Subdivision 6 of section 3-220 of the election law, as amended by chapter 163 of the laws of 1994, is amended to read as follows: 6. All petitions, certificates, objections or papers filed or deposit- ed with a board or officer before an election or primary and relating to designations or nominations, and all registers, books, statements, returns or papers so filed or deposited after registration, enrollment, election or primary at which they were used or to which they relate, not including, however, the voted, unused, protested, void or wholly blank ballots, shall be preserved by such board or officer for at least two years after the receipt thereof and until the determination of any action or proceeding touching the same or in which they are ordered to be preserved pending the action or proceeding and at the expiration of such time they may be either destroyed or sold. Lists of registered voters with computer generated facsimile signatures used in lieu of registration poll records at any election shall be preserved until the end of the
[fourth]SECOND calendar year after the year of such election. In all jurisdictions, the original statements of results made by the state board of canvassers or a county or city board of canvassers and any original record specifying the name of a person declared to have been elected to a public office shall not be destroyed or sold but shall be preserved, as part of the records of such board or officer, until otherwise provided by law. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD13047-02-3