Relates to absentee voting in nursing homes and senior citizen residences; board of inspectors shall deliver and help complete applications for absentee ballots to residents of such facilities.
Ayes (50): Adams, Addabbo, Alesi, Aubertine, Breslin, Diaz, Dilan, Duane, Espada, Farley, Foley, Fuschillo, Griffo, Hannon, Hassell-Thomps, Huntley, Johnson C, Klein, Krueger, Kruger, Lanza, Leibell, Libous, Little, Maziarz, McDonald, Montgomery, Nozzolio, Onorato, Oppenheimer, Padavan, Parker, Peralta, Perkins, Ranzenhofer, Robach, Saland, Sampson, Savino, Schneiderman, Serrano, Seward, Smith, Squadron, Stachowski, Stavisky, Stewart-Cousins, Thompson, Valesky, Young
Nays (11): Bonacic, DeFrancisco, Flanagan, Golden, Johnson O, Larkin, LaValle, Marcellino, Skelos, Volker, Winner
Excused (1): Morahan
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the election law, in relation to absentee voting in nursing homes and senior citizen residences
PURPOSE: To increase voting by senior citizens and other residents of nursing homes and senior citizen residences who are unable to go to the polls by assisting them in applying for absentee ballots, delivering such ballots to them, and assisting them in completing and casting the ballot.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Section 1: Amends election law section 8-407(5) to provide that when a board of inspectors is provided by the board of elections with absentee ballots for delivery to residents of nursing homes, residential health care and similar facilities, the board of elections shall also provide them with a supply of absentee ballot applications, as well as appropriate absentee ballots and envelopes. It also adds a new subdivision 10-a to provide that the board of inspectors shall deliver an absentee ballot application to any resident of such a facility for whom it does not have an absentee ballot, who requests such an application. It further provides that the board of inspectors shall assist any resident requesting help in completing the application, and, upon receiving the completed application, the board is required to deliver an absentee ballot and envelope to the resident.
Section 2: The bill is effective on the thirtieth day after it becomes a law.
JUSTIFICATION: Election law section 8-407 already establishes a process for the board of elections to send out bipartisan teams of inspectors to nursing homes and residential care facilities to conduct absentee balloting for people there who are unable to get to their poll sites on election day. By providing that when a board of inspectors goes to such a facility to deliver requested absentee ballots it shall carry applications and additional ballots, and that it shall help those who want to vote, this provision makes it possible for more of those residents who want to vote to do so.
This legislation has been requested by the New York City Board of Elections in its 2009 and 2010 legislative proposals.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: None
FISCAL IMPLICATION: None to the State.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the thirtieth day after it becomes a law.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 8033 IN SENATE June 2, 2010 ___________Introduced by Sen. ADDABBO -- 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 absentee voting in nursing homes and senior citizen residences THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Subdivision 5 of section 8-407 of the election law, as added by chapter 296 of the laws of 1988, is amended and a new subdivi- sion 10-a is added to read as follows: 5. The board of elections shall deliver to each board of inspectors all the absentee ballots in the custody of such board of elections which are addressed to residents of the facilities which such board of inspec- tors is assigned to attend, together with AN ADDITIONAL SUPPLY OF THE APPROPRIATE ABSENTEE BALLOT, ABSENTEE BALLOT ENVELOPES, APPLICATIONS FOR ABSENTEE BALLOTS, one or more portable voting booths of a type approved by the state board of elections and such other supplies as such board of inspectors will require to discharge its duties properly. 10-A. THE BOARD OF INSPECTORS SHALL DELIVER AN APPLICATION FOR AN ABSENTEE BALLOT TO ANY RESIDENT OF SUCH FACILITY FOR WHOM IT DOES NOT HAVE AN ABSENTEE BALLOT AND WHO REQUESTS SUCH AN APPLICATION. THE BOARD OF INSPECTORS SHALL ASSIST ANY SUCH RESIDENT WHO REQUESTS ASSISTANCE TO COMPLETE SUCH APPLICATION. UPON RECEIVING A COMPLETED APPLICATION FROM ANY RESIDENT, THE BOARD OF INSPECTORS SHALL FORTHWITH DELIVER AN ABSEN- TEE BALLOT AND BALLOT ENVELOPE TO SUCH VOTER IN THE MANNER PRESCRIBED BY THIS SECTION. S 2. This act shall take effect on the thirtieth day after it shall have become a law.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD17426-01-0