Provides that whenever a contiguous property of a college or university contains three hundred or more registrants, the polling place designated for such election district shall be on such contiguous property or at a location approved by the college or university.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the election law, in relation to the boundaries of election districts and the designation of polling places
PURPOSE: This bill would provide that election districts shall not be drawn in such a way that they are partly on and partly off a college or university campus or other contiguous college or university property with 300 or more registered voters, excluding inactive voters. It would also require that the poll sites for election districts serving such concentrations of college or university voters shall be on the campus or college or university property, or at a site approved by the college or university.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section one of the bill amends section 4-104 of the election law by adding a new subdivision 5-a to provide that whenever 300 or more registered voters (excluding registrants in inactive status) are registered on a contiguous college or university property the polling place for such voters shall be on the property or at a location approved by the college or university.
Section two of the bill amends paragraph a of subdivision 3 of section 4-100 of the election law to add contiguous properties of colleges and universities with 300 or more registered voters. (excluding registrants in inactive status) to the list of geographic areas that cannot be partly In and partly out of an election district.
Section three of the bill sets forth the effective date.
JUSTIFICATION: This bill would provide college and university campuses and other college and university properties with large concentrations of voters with their own election districts and their own poll sites, in recognition of the fact that requiring residents of colleges and universities to vote at sites remote from their campuses or requiring voters unaffiliated with the colleges and universities to vote on campuses can present unnecessary obstacles to voting.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2011-12: S.1851A/A..2162A - Died in Elections 2010 PASSED SENATE
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Minimal.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on January 1, 2015.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 888 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE (PREFILED) January 9, 2013 ___________Introduced by Sen. PARKER -- 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 the boundaries of election districts and the designation of polling places THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 4-104 of the election law is amended by adding a new subdivision 5-a to read as follows: 5-A. WHENEVER A CONTIGUOUS PROPERTY OF A COLLEGE OR UNIVERSITY CONTAINS THREE HUNDRED OR MORE REGISTRANTS (EXCLUDING REGISTRANTS IN INACTIVE STATUS) WHO ARE REGISTERED TO VOTE AT AN ADDRESS ON SUCH CONTIGUOUS PROPERTY, THE POLLING PLACE DESIGNATED FOR SUCH REGISTRANTS SHALL BE ON SUCH CONTIGUOUS PROPERTY OR AT A LOCATION APPROVED BY THE COLLEGE OR UNIVERSITY. S 2. 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, THE CONTIGUOUS PROPERTY OF A COLLEGE OR UNIVERSITY WHICH CONTAINS THREE HUNDRED OR MORE REGISTRANTS (EXCLUDING REGISTRANTS IN INACTIVE STATUS) WHO ARE REGISTERED TO VOTE AT AN ADDRESS ON SUCH CONTIGUOUS PROPERTY, 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 AND COLLEGE OR UNIVERSITY PROPERTIES mentioned in this paragraph, must be streets, rivers, rail- road lines or other permanent characteristics of the landscape which are clearly visible to any person without the need to use any technical orEXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD02154-01-3 S. 888 2
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 registrants (excluding registrants in inactive status), but any election district may be divided for the convenience of the voters. S 3. This act shall take effect January 1, 2015.