Bill S756B-2011

Permits boards of elections to engage election inspectors to split shifts, their compensation to be prorated accordingly

Permits boards of elections to allow election inspectors to work split shifts, their compensation shall be prorated accordingly.

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Actions

  • Jan 25, 2012: PRINT NUMBER 756B
  • Jan 25, 2012: AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO ELECTIONS
  • Jan 4, 2012: REFERRED TO ELECTIONS
  • May 2, 2011: PRINT NUMBER 756A
  • May 2, 2011: AMEND (T) AND RECOMMIT TO ELECTIONS
  • Jan 5, 2011: REFERRED TO ELECTIONS

Memo

BILL NUMBER:S756B

TITLE OF BILL:

An act to amend the election law, in relation to permitting election inspectors to split shifts

PURPOSE:

The purpose of this bill is to permit boards of elections to allow election inspectors to split shifts, and prorate their compensation accordingly.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Subdivision 7 of Section 3-400 of the Election Law is amended to permit all boards of elections to authorize election inspectors to work split shifts and prorate their compensation accordingly.

JUSTIFICATION:

Currently, election inspectors are not permitted to split the work day into shifts. During most elections, polls are open for an average of sixteen hours. Election workers are not only required to work during polling hours, but there is additional time required to prep and close down polling sites. Their job duties are essential to protecting the integrity and validity of our democratic process. It is difficult for many inspectors, especially our senior volunteers, to commit to the long and taxing hours of an election day. Additionally, it is becoming increasingly difficult to recruit new inspectors, and with the implementation of new computerized voting machines, recruitment and retention levels are expected to drop further. Allowing election workers to divide their shifts will increase the pool of candidates available to contribute their time to the most critical element of democracy.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

2009-10: S.1097/A.1126 Referred to Elections 2007-08: S.366/A.11517 Referred to Rules 2006: S.7557 Referred to Elections

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

None.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

One hundred eightieth day after it shall have become law.


Text

STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 756--B 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN SENATE (PREFILED) January 5, 2011 ___________
Introduced by Sens. YOUNG, DeFRANCISCO, NOZZOLIO, RANZENHOFER -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Elections -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee -- recommitted to the Committee on Elections in accordance with Senate Rule 6, sec. 8 -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee AN ACT to amend the election law, in relation to permitting election inspectors to split shifts THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Subdivision 7 of section 3-400 of the election law, as added by chapter 5 of the laws of 2010, is amended to read as follows: 7. [The] EVERY board of elections may [employ] AUTHORIZE election inspectors to work [half-day] SPLIT shifts with [adjusted] PRORATED compensation, provided, however, that at least one inspector from each of the two major political parties is present at the poll site for the entire time that the polls are open. Each county board of elections shall prescribe the necessary rules and procedures to ensure proper poll site operation. S 2. This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after it shall have become a law; provided that each board of elections is authorized to promulgate any rules necessary to implement the provisions of this act on or before such effective date.

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