Bill Text: NY A06075 | 2019-2020 | General Assembly | Introduced


Bill Title: Requires the board of elections for each county to provide at least one interpreter for each of the six most common languages spoken by individuals with limited English proficiency residing in such county at all poll sites that contain an election district with at least fifty voting age residents with limited English proficiency.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 2-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2019-02-26 - referred to election law [A06075 Detail]

Download: New_York-2019-A06075-Introduced.html


                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________
                                          6075
                               2019-2020 Regular Sessions
                   IN ASSEMBLY
                                    February 26, 2019
                                       ___________
        Introduced by M. of A. BICHOTTE, CYMBROWITZ -- read once and referred to
          the Committee on Election Law
        AN ACT to amend the election law, in relation to provision of interpret-
          ers at certain poll sites
          The  People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
     1    Section 1. The election law is amended by adding a new  section  8-110
     2  to read as follows:
     3    §  8-110. Boards of elections; provision of interpreters. 1.  Notwith-
     4  standing any provision of law to the contrary, the  board  of  elections
     5  for  each  county  shall, at a minimum, provide at least one interpreter
     6  for each of the six most common languages  spoken  by  individuals  with
     7  limited  English  proficiency  residing in such county at all poll sites
     8  that contain an election district with at least fifty voting  age  resi-
     9  dents  with  limited  English  proficiency.  The six most common limited
    10  English proficiency languages, as well as the voting districts  with  at
    11  least fifty voting age residents with limited English proficiency, shall
    12  be  determined  by  the  board  of  elections based upon the most recent
    13  United States census data or American community service data,  whichever
    14  is more recent, and beginning on January first, two thousand twenty-two,
    15  such data shall be reviewed every two years. Unless an election district
    16  has at least fifty voting age residents with limited English proficiency
    17  who  speak  one  of  the six common languages spoken by individuals with
    18  limited English proficiency residing in such county, an interpreter  for
    19  such  language  shall not be required for any poll site in such election
    20  district.
    21    2. Notwithstanding any provision of law to the contrary, the New  York
    22  city  board  of  elections shall, at a minimum, provide interpreters for
    23  all languages  that  are  designated  city-wide  languages  pursuant  to
    24  section  23-1101  of  the administrative code of the city of New York at
    25  all poll sites that contain an election district  with  at  least  fifty
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD08999-02-9

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     1  voting  age  residents  whose  limited English proficiency language is a
     2  designated city-wide language. The voting districts with at least  fifty
     3  voting  age  residents with limited English proficiency shall be made by
     4  the  New  York city board of elections based upon the most recent United
     5  States census data or American community service data, whichever is more
     6  recent, and beginning on January first, two  thousand  twenty-two,  such
     7  data  shall be reviewed every two years. Unless an election district has
     8  at least fifty voting age residents with limited English proficiency who
     9  speak a specific city-wide language, an interpreter for  such  city-wide
    10  language  shall  not  be  required  for  any  poll site in such election
    11  district.
    12    3. All interpreters provided by  a  board  of  elections  pursuant  to
    13  subdivision  one  or  two of this section shall be made available to the
    14  public inside the poll site. Any interpreter who engages in any activity
    15  in violation of subdivision one of section 8-104 of this  article  shall
    16  be immediately relieved of his or her duties as an interpreter.
    17    4.  Nothing  in  this  section  shall  restrict or prohibit a board of
    18  elections  from  providing  interpreters  for  languages  that  are  not
    19  required pursuant to this section.
    20    5. The state board of elections shall promulgate rules and regulations
    21  that  include establishing standards for the number of interpreters that
    22  will be required at each poll site based upon the number of  voting  age
    23  residents  in an election district with limited English proficiency that
    24  speak a specific language.
    25    § 2. This act shall take effect on the first of January next  succeed-
    26  ing the date on which it shall have become a law. Effective immediately,
    27  the  addition,  amendment and/or repeal of any rule or regulation neces-
    28  sary for the implementation of  this  act  on  its  effective  date  are
    29  authorized to be made and completed on or before such effective date.
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