Bill S7662-2009

Relates to prohibiting certain candidates for public office from serving as poll watchers

Relates to prohibiting certain candidates for public office from serving as poll watchers.

Details

Actions

  • Jun 10, 2010: ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • Jun 9, 2010: 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • Jun 8, 2010: 1ST REPORT CAL.851
  • May 25, 2010: REPORTED AND COMMITTED TO CODES
  • Apr 29, 2010: REFERRED TO ELECTIONS

Votes

VOTE: COMMITTEE VOTE: - Elections - May 25, 2010
Ayes (4): Addabbo, Dilan, Serrano, Libous
Ayes W/R (1): Griffo
Nays (1): Foley
Excused (1): Morahan
VOTE: COMMITTEE VOTE: - Codes - Jun 8, 2010
Ayes (15): Schneiderman, Breslin, Duane, Huntley, Sampson, Klein, Perkins, Squadron, Volker, Saland, DeFrancisco, Bonacic, Golden, Lanza, Flanagan
Nays (1): Parker

Memo

 BILL NUMBER:  S7662

TITLE OF BILL : An act to amend the election law, in relation to poll watchers

PURPOSE : This bill is intended to prohibit a candidate from serving as a poll watcher in an election district in which they appear on the ballot.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS : Section 1 of the bill amends subdivision 4 of the election law section 8-500 to prohibit a candidate from serving as a poll watcher in an election district which they appear on the ballot.

JUSTIFICATION : In some jurisdictions, it is common for candidates to be appointed as poll watchers in election districts in which they appear on the ballot. Election inspectors have stated that this borders on electioneering within the poll site and is intimidating to voters. This bill would prohibit the option of candidates working as poll watchers in such circumstances.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY : New Bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS : None.

EFFECTIVE DATE : This act shall take effect immediately.

Text

STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 7662 IN SENATE April 29, 2010 ___________
Introduced by Sen. LITTLE -- 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 poll watchers THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Subdivision 4 of section 8-500 of the election law, as amended by chapter 9 of the laws of 1978, is amended to read as follows: 4. Each watcher must be a qualified voter of the city or county in which he OR SHE is to serve. NO PERSON SHALL BE APPOINTED OR ACT AS A WATCHER WHO IS A CANDIDATE FOR ANY PUBLIC OFFICE TO BE VOTED FOR BY THE VOTERS OF THE DISTRICT IN WHICH THE WATCHER IS TO SERVE. S2. This act shall take effect immediately.

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