Bill Text: NY A06324 | 2019-2020 | General Assembly | Amended

Bill Title: Establishes a county representation system for electing the governor and lieutenant-governor within the state.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Republican 11-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2019-06-11 - opinion referred to judiciary [A06324 Detail]

Download: New_York-2019-A06324-Amended.html

                STATE OF NEW YORK


                               2019-2020 Regular Sessions

                   IN ASSEMBLY

                                      March 5, 2019

        Introduced  by  M. of A. MORINELLO, CROUCH, ASHBY, McDONOUGH, MONTESANO,
          NORRIS, DeSTEFANO, SALKA, LAWRENCE -- Multi-Sponsored by -- M.  of  A.
          BARCLAY,  B. MILLER  --  read  once  and  referred to the Committee on
          Election Law -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered  reprinted
          as amended and recommitted to said committee


        proposing an amendment to section 1 of article 4 of the constitution, in
          relation  to  establishing a county representation system for electing
          the governor and lieutenant-governor within the state

     1    Section 1. Resolved (if the Senate concur), That section 1 of  article
     2  4  of the constitution be amended and a new section 1-a is added to read
     3  as follows:
     4    Section 1. (a) The executive power shall be vested  in  the  governor,
     5  who  shall  hold office for four years; the lieutenant-governor shall be
     6  chosen at the same time, and for the same term. The governor  and  lieu-
     7  tenant-governor shall be chosen at the general election held in the year
     8  nineteen  hundred  thirty-eight,  and each fourth year thereafter.  They
     9  shall be chosen jointly, by the casting by each voter of a  single  vote
    10  applicable to both offices, and the legislature by law shall provide for
    11  making  such  choice  in  such manner. The respective persons having the
    12  highest number of county representation votes cast jointly for them  for
    13  governor and lieutenant-governor respectively shall be elected.
    14    (b) In the event a majority of county representation votes are not for
    15  a  single person for the governor or lieutenant-governor, the respective
    16  person having the highest number of votes  cast  jointly  for  them  for
    17  governor or lieutenant-governor respectively shall be elected.
    18    §  1-a.  (a) County representation votes for the governor and lieuten-
    19  ant-governor shall be distributed as follows:
    20    (i) Each county within the state shall be assigned two  county  repre-
    21  sentation votes; and
    22    (ii)  Each  county  shall  be  assigned at least one additional county
    23  representation vote based on the county's  population  such  that  these

         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.

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     1  additional  county  representation  votes  sum to four hundred fourteen.
     2  Such additional county representation votes shall be assigned  to  coun-
     3  ties  using the method of equal proportions by using the Huntington-Hill
     4  method.
     5    (b)  County  representation  votes  shall be cast for the governor and
     6  lieutenant-governor from each county based  on  the  respective  persons
     7  having  the largest number of votes cast jointly for them for the gover-
     8  nor and lieutenant-governor respectively from such county.
     9    § 2. Resolved (if the Senate concur), That the foregoing amendment  be
    10  referred  to  the  first regular legislative session convening after the
    11  next succeeding general election of members of  the  assembly,  and,  in
    12  conformity  with  section  1  of  article  19  of  the  constitution, be
    13  published for 3 months previous to the time of such election.