Prohibits the use of pasters, stickers and labels on ballots.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the election law, in relation to prohibiting the use of pasters, stickers and labels on ballots; and to repeal section 7-126 of the election law relating to the use of pasters
PURPOSE: To prohibit the use of pasters, stickers and labels on ballots
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section 1 amends subdivision 4 of section 8-308 of the Election Law to prohibit the use of stickers, labels or pasters on a ballot.
Section 2 amends section 17-134 of the Election Law adds stickers and labels to such section entitled "Unlawful Use of Pasters".
Section 3 repeals section 7-126 of the Election Law.
JUSTIFICATION: The use of stickers, labels or pasters can negatively affect a voting system's ability to accurately count votes, as such systems are calibrated to accept a specific ballot thickness, which increases with the inclusion of any such applications. Further, the adhesive used on stickers, labels and pastels can negatively impact the accuracy of a scanner, and when heated through the normal running of a scanner, can cause such items to become unattached, reaffixed to the ballots, or create situations where subsequent ballots may not be accepted by the scanner or read by the scanner. Any of these scenarios can result in the disenfranchisement of voters and inaccuracies in vote counts, all of which can be avoided by the prohibition of stickers, labels or pasters. This bill is updating the Election Law as to the current practice of Boards of Elections and the inapplicablility of stickers, labels and pasters now that paper ballots, rather than lever machines, are in use.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: This is a new bill.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.
EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 6789 IN SENATE March 11, 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 prohibiting the use of pasters, stickers and labels on ballots; and to repeal section 7-126 of the election law relating to the use of pasters THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Subdivision 4 of section 8-308 of the election law, as added by chapter 156 of the laws of 1994, is amended to read as follows: 4. A write-in ballot may also be cast by the use of a name stamp. THE USE OF NAME STICKERS, LABELS OR PASTERS IS PROHIBITED. S 2. Section 17-134 of the election law is amended to read as follows: S 17-134. Unlawful use of pasters. An election officer or other person who uses a paster, STICKER OR LABEL upon an official ballot, at any election,
[except as authorized and in the manner provided by this chap- ter,]is guilty of a felony. S 3. Section 7-126 of the election law is REPEALED. S 4. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD14114-02-4