Increases the number of registrants an election district may contain with the approval of the county board of elections.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the election law, in relation to increasing the number of registrants an election district may contain with the approval of the county board of elections
PURPOSE OF THE BILL: This bill would raise the election district registrant enrollment from a maximum of 1,150 registrants to 3,000.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1 of the bill would amend Election Law § 4-100(3)(a) revises the definition of an "election district" to expand its maximum registrants from eleven hundred fifty to three thousand.
Section 2 of the bill provides for an immediate effective date.
JUSTIFICATION: Upon enactment this legislation would raise the limit of voters allowed in every election district from 1,150 voters to 3,000. The current election district registrant enrollment limits were prescribed based on the fact that the old lever voter machines were not capable of handling more than 1,000 votes per election; thus a strict limit of 1,150 voters per district was necessary. The new optical scanners will read and hold up to approximately 4,000 ballots/voters per machine. Therefore, this change in the law aims to serve as mandate relief to municipalities by allowing them to consolidate districts and reduce costs in many areas, including: hiring fewer election inspectors; fewer ballots to order; and requiring less time testing ballots.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: This is a new proposal.
BUDGET IMPLICATIONS AND LOCAL IMPACT: None.
EFFECTIVE DATE: The bill would take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 7466 IN SENATE May 23, 2012 ___________Introduced by Sen. O'MARA -- 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 increasing the number of registrants an election district may contain with the approval of the county board of elections THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Paragraph a of subdivision 3 of section 4-100 of the election law, as amended by chapter 659 of the laws of 1994, is amended to read as follows: a. Each election district shall be in compact form and may not be partly within and partly without a ward, town, city, a village which has five thousand or more inhabitants and is wholly within one town, or a county legislative, assembly, senatorial or congressional district. Except as provided in paragraph b of this subdivision, election district boundaries, other than those boundaries which are coterminous with the boundaries of those political subdivisions mentioned in this paragraph, must be streets, rivers, railroad lines or other permanent character- istics of the landscape which are clearly visible to any person without the need to use any technical or mechanical device. An election district shall contain not more than nine hundred fifty registrants (excluding registrants in inactive status) or, with the approval of the county board of elections, not more than
[eleven hundred fifty]THREE THOUSAND registrants (excluding registrants in inactive status), but any election district may be divided for the convenience of the voters. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD15965-01-2