Bill S7337-2013

Requires the board of elections to provide Russian interpreters at certain polling locations in cities having a population in excess of one million people

Requires the board of elections to provide Russian interpreters at certain polling locations in cities having a population in excess of one million people.

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  • May 13, 2014: REFERRED TO ELECTIONS

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BILL NUMBER:S7337

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the election law, in relation to requiring the board of elections to provide Russian interpreters to certain polling locations in cities having a population in excess of one million people

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:

To provide Russian interpreters at polling locations for people whose first language is Russian.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:

Subdivision 2 of section 5-216 of the election law is amended by adding paragraph b. which states "In any city having a population of one million or more people, which contains any county that has a population comprised of five percent or more of people whose first language is Russian within such county, the board of elections shall provide Russian interpreters at polling locations in those election districts within each such county in the city having a population comprised of five percent or more people whose first language is Russian."

JUSTIFICATION:

Currently Russian interpreters are not provided at polling locations in election districts within counties within cities having a population of one million or more that have a five percent or more population of people whose first language is Russian. This will encourage more voter participation of people whose first language is Russian.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

None.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

None known.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

This act shall take effect immediately and shall apply to all elections conducted on or after such effective date.


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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 7337 IN SENATE May 13, 2014 ___________
Introduced by Sen. GOLDEN -- 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 requiring the board of elections to provide Russian interpreters to certain polling locations in cities having a population in excess of one million people THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Subdivision 2 of section 5-216 of the election law is amended to read as follows: 2. A. If the applicant be a person who does not speak the English language, he may be assisted by a relative who can interpret for him. If the applicant registers with this assistance the board shall put in the remarks space of the registration forms the name and address, and the relationship, of the person so doing the interpreting and the interpret- er shall sign his name in the remarks space. B. IN ANY CITY HAVING A POPULATION OF ONE MILLION OR MORE PEOPLE, WHICH CONTAINS ANY COUNTY THAT HAS A POPULATION COMPRISED OF FIVE PERCENT OR MORE OF PEOPLE WHOSE FIRST LANGUAGE IS RUSSIAN WITHIN SUCH COUNTY, THE BOARD OF ELECTIONS SHALL PROVIDE RUSSIAN INTERPRETERS AT POLLING LOCATIONS IN THOSE ELECTION DISTRICTS WITHIN EACH SUCH COUNTY IN THE CITY HAVING A POPULATION COMPRISED OF FIVE PERCENT OR MORE PEOPLE WHOSE FIRST LANGUAGE IS RUSSIAN. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately and shall apply to all elections conducted on or after such effective date.

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