Bill Text: NY A00202 | 2019-2020 | General Assembly | Introduced

Bill Title: Authorizes the board of elections to provide special ballots to board of election employees anytime up to the close of polls on election day.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 14-0)

Status: (Passed) 2019-09-13 - signed chap.257 [A00202 Detail]

Download: New_York-2019-A00202-Introduced.html

                STATE OF NEW YORK
                               2019-2020 Regular Sessions
                   IN ASSEMBLY
                                     January 9, 2019
        Introduced  by  M.  of A. CAHILL, ABINANTI, DILAN, TAYLOR -- Multi-Spon-
          sored by -- M. of A. BUCHWALD,  COOK,  FAHY,  GALEF,  JAFFEE,  MOSLEY,
          RIVERA, L. ROSENTHAL, STECK -- read once and referred to the Committee
          on Election Law
        AN  ACT  to  amend  the election law, in relation to special ballots for
          board of elections employees
          The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and  Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
     1    Section  1.  Section 11-302 of the election law, as amended by chapter
     2  163 of the laws of 2010, is amended to read as follows:
     3    § 11-302. Special ballots for board of election  employees.  A  person
     4  who  is  an employee of the board of elections or who has been appointed
     5  to serve as an inspector of elections, poll clerk or election  coordina-
     6  tor  at  a polling place other than the one at which he or she is regis-
     7  tered to vote, may deliver to the inspectors of election of the election
     8  district in which he or she is registered, or to the board of elections,
     9  at any time during the period in which an application  for  an  absentee
    10  ballot may be so delivered pursuant to the provisions of this chapter, a
    11  written statement that he or she will be unable to appear at the polling
    12  place  for  such election district on the day of an election because his
    13  or her duties as an employee of such board  or  as  an  inspector,  poll
    14  clerk  or  election  coordinator require him or her to be elsewhere. The
    15  board of elections shall provide such voter a special ballot [not earli-
    16  er than two weeks before the election and not later than] any time prior
    17  to the close of the polls on election day,  provided  however  that  the
    18  distribution  of  such  ballots  to such voters shall be timed to afford
    19  such voters sufficient time to cast such ballots prior to the  close  of
    20  the  polls  on  election day.   Such cast ballots may be delivered to an
    21  office of such board of elections or to  any  board  of  inspectors  not
    22  later than the close of the polls on election day. Such ballots shall be
    23  retained  at  the  board of elections and cast and canvassed pursuant to
    24  the provisions of section 9-209 of this chapter.
    25    § 2. This act shall take effect immediately.
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.