Bill Text: NY A05662 | 2019-2020 | General Assembly | Introduced

Bill Title: Makes the following participating agencies for purposes of agency assisted voter registration: public libraries, local housing authorities, and public high schools; directs the state board of elections to promulgate rules and regulations for implementation.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 5-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2019-02-14 - referred to election law [A05662 Detail]

Download: New_York-2019-A05662-Introduced.html

                STATE OF NEW YORK
                               2019-2020 Regular Sessions
                   IN ASSEMBLY
                                    February 14, 2019
        Introduced  by M. of A. ROZIC, COLTON, GALEF, GOTTFRIED, M. G. MILLER --
          read once and referred to the Committee on Election Law
        AN ACT to amend the election law, in relation to designating  additional
          participating agencies for purposes of agency assisted voter registra-
          The  People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
     1    Section 1. The opening paragraph of section 5-211 of the election law,
     2  as amended by chapter 265 of the laws of 2013, is  amended  to  read  as
     3  follows:
     4    Each  agency designated as a participating agency under the provisions
     5  of this section shall implement and administer a program of distribution
     6  of voter registration forms pursuant to the provisions of this  section.
     7  The  following  offices  which  provide public assistance and/or provide
     8  state funded programs primarily engaged in providing services to persons
     9  with disabilities are hereby designated as voter registration  agencies:
    10  designated as the state agencies which provide public assistance are the
    11  office  of  children  and  family  services, the office of temporary and
    12  disability assistance and the department of health. Also  designated  as
    13  public  assistance  agencies  are  all agencies of local government that
    14  provide such assistance.  Designated  as  state  agencies  that  provide
    15  programs primarily engaged in providing services to people with disabil-
    16  ities  are  the  department  of labor, office for the aging, division of
    17  veterans' affairs, office of mental health,  office  of  vocational  and
    18  educational  services  for  individuals with disabilities, commission on
    19  quality of care for the mentally disabled, office [of mental retardation
    20  and] for people with  developmental  disabilities,  commission  for  the
    21  blind,  office of alcoholism and substance abuse services, the office of
    22  the advocate for the disabled and all offices which administer  programs
    23  established or funded by such agencies. Additional state agencies desig-
    24  nated  as voter registration offices are the department of state and the
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.

        A. 5662                             2
     1  division of workers' compensation. Such agencies shall  be  required  to
     2  offer  voter  registration forms to persons upon initial application for
     3  services, renewal or recertification for services and change of  address
     4  relating  to  such services. Such agencies shall also be responsible for
     5  providing assistance to  applicants  in  completing  voter  registration
     6  forms,  receiving  and  transmitting the completed application form from
     7  all applicants who wish to have such form transmitted to the appropriate
     8  board of elections. The state board of elections  shall,  together  with
     9  representatives  of  the  department  of  defense, develop and implement
    10  procedures for including recruitment offices of the armed forces of  the
    11  United  States  as  voter  registration offices when such offices are so
    12  designated by federal law. The state board shall also  make  request  of
    13  the  United  States  Immigration  and  Naturalization Service to include
    14  applications for registration by mail with any materials which are given
    15  to new citizens. All institutions of the state university  of  New  York
    16  and  the  city  university  of  New York, shall, at the beginning of the
    17  school year, and again in January of a year in which  the  president  of
    18  the United States is to be elected, provide an application for registra-
    19  tion  to  each  student  in  each  such  institution. The state board of
    20  elections may, by regulation, grant a waiver from  any  or  all  of  the
    21  requirements  of  this section to any office or program of an agency, if
    22  it determines that it is not feasible for  such  office  or  program  to
    23  administer  such requirement.  Also designated as participating agencies
    24  are all public libraries, which shall be required to offer voter  regis-
    25  tration  forms  to  persons  eighteen years of age or older upon initial
    26  application for a library card. Also designated as  participating  agen-
    27  cies are all local housing authorities, which shall be required to offer
    28  voter  registration  forms  to  persons  upon  initial  application  for
    29  services or recertification for services. Also designated as participat-
    30  ing agencies are all public high schools, which  shall  be  required  to
    31  offer voter registration forms to all seniors upon their graduation.
    32    § 2. This act shall take effect on the one hundred twentieth day after
    33  it  shall  have become a law; provided that the state board of elections
    34  is authorized to promulgate any rules necessary to implement this act on
    35  or before its effective date.