Relates to designating petitions.
BILL NUMBER:S7097 REVISED 4/28/14
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the election law, in relation to designating petitions; and providing for the repeal of such provisions upon expiration thereof
PURPOSE: This bill provides that the first day to sign a designating petition for state and local primary elections in 2014 will be 42 days, instead of 37 days, before the last day to file such petitions.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section 1 of the bill makes a conforming change to section 2-120 of the Election Law to maintain the dates for when the statement of party positions to be filled at the primary should be filed as not later than May 20th.
Section 2 makes a conforming change to 6-104 of the Election Law to maintain the dates for the state committee meetings as May 13th to June 3rd.
Section 3 provides that the first day to sign a designating petition for primary elections in 2014 will be 42 days, instead of 37 days, before the last day to file such petitions. This has the effect of making the first day to sign be Thursday, May 29, 2014.
Section 4 is the effective date and provides for the expiration and repeal of the amendments on September 10, 2014.
JUSTIFICATION: Currently, Election Law 6-134 states the first day to sign designating petitions for a primary election shall be thirty-seven days before that last day to file such petitions. This year, the last day to file designating petitions is July 10th and therefore, the first day to sign such petitions is June 3rd. However, June 3rd is also the first day of the two-day Jewish observance of the holiday of Shavuot.
Shavuot commemorates G-d's giving of the Torah to the Israelites at Mount Sinai. Observant members of the Jewish faith are forbidden to work, write, or travel during the two-day observance.
Expanding the time for signing designating petitions by five days moves the first day to sign to Thursday, May 29, 2014. This change, in recognition of the Shavuot observance, will help ensure that all interested New Yorkers may participate equally in our State's political process.
It is important to note that the amendments made by this legislation will only impact state and local elections in 2014 because the Federal election calendar has been set by court order to ensure compliance with Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment (MOVE) Act.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: None.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This bill would take effect immediately and expire and be deemed repealed on September 10, 2014.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ S. 7097 A. 9407 S E N A T E - A S S E M B L Y April 25, 2014 ___________IN SENATE -- Introduced by Sen. FELDER -- read twice and ordered print- ed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Rules IN ASSEMBLY -- Introduced by M. of A. SILVER -- read once and referred to the Committee on Election Law AN ACT to amend the election law, in relation to designating petitions; and providing for the repeal of such provisions upon expiration there- of THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Subdivision 1 of section 2-120 of the election law, as amended by chapter 79 of the laws of 1992, is amended to read as follows: 1. The chairman of the county committee of each party or such person as may be designated by the rules of the county committee shall file with the board of elections not later than two weeks before the first day on which designating petitions for a primary election may be signed, a statement of the party positions to be filled by such party at such primary election, and the number of persons to be elected to each posi- tion; provided, however, that failure to file such statement shall not be construed as a prerequisite to filing designating petitions for such position; PROVIDED FURTHER, HOWEVER, THAT IN THE YEAR TWO THOUSAND FOUR- TEEN, SUCH STATEMENT SHALL BE FILED NO LATER THAN MAY TWENTIETH, TWO THOUSAND FOURTEEN. S 2. Subdivision 6 of section 6-104 of the election law, as amended by chapter 79 of the laws of 1992, is amended to read as follows: 6. The meeting of the state committee for the purpose of designating candidates shall be held not earlier than twenty-one days before the first day to sign designating petitions and not later than the first day to sign designating petitions for the primary election, PROVIDED, HOWEV- ER, THAT IN THE YEAR TWO THOUSAND FOURTEEN, SUCH MEETING SHALL BE HELD NOT EARLIER THAN MAY THIRTEENTH, TWO THOUSAND FOURTEEN AND NOT LATER THAN JUNE THIRD, TWO THOUSAND FOURTEEN.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD14666-03-4 S. 7097 2 A. 9407
S 3. Subdivision 4 of section 6-134 of the election law, as added by chapter 709 of the laws of 1996, is amended to read as follows: 4. A signature made earlier than
[thirty-seven]FORTY-TWO days before the last day to file designating petitions for the primary election shall not be counted. S 4. This act shall take effect immediately and shall expire and be deemed repealed September 10, 2014.