Bill Text: NY A06479 | 2019-2020 | General Assembly | Introduced

Bill Title: Allows for polling place voter registration for any qualified person who is not registered to vote.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 1-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2019-03-07 - referred to election law [A06479 Detail]

Download: New_York-2019-A06479-Introduced.html

                STATE OF NEW YORK
                               2019-2020 Regular Sessions
                   IN ASSEMBLY
                                      March 7, 2019
        Introduced by M. of A. BUCHWALD -- read once and referred to the Commit-
          tee on Election Law
        AN  ACT  to  amend the election law, in relation to allowing for polling
          place voter registration for any qualified person who  is  not  regis-
          tered to vote
          The  People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
     1    Section 1. Section 5-210 of the election law is amended  by  adding  a
     2  new subdivision 1-a to read as follows:
     3    1-a.  (a) Notwithstanding any other provision of this article relating
     4  to registration requirements, any qualified person who is not registered
     5  in this state may apply personally for registration  and  enrollment  by
     6  appearing  at the appropriate polling place for the election district in
     7  which he or she resides on the day of any primary,  general  or  special
     8  election during the hours that such polling place is open for voting. To
     9  be  eligible  to  register  pursuant  to this subdivision, a person must
    10  provide acceptable forms of identification  containing  proof  of  resi-
    11  dence,  as  determined by state law implementing the Help Americans Vote
    12  Act of 2002 (Public Law 107-252). Any person who so  registers  to  vote
    13  shall  execute  the  following instrument in substantially the following
    14  form:
    15    "I, (name), do hereby certify, under penalty of perjury, that, to  the
    16  best  of  my knowledge, I am a qualified voter, having resided at (place
    17  of residence) for  at  least  thirty  days  immediately  preceding  this
    18  election,  that  I  am not disqualified on any legal grounds from voting
    19  and that I have not already voted at this election."
    20    (b) If a registrant is unable to provide valid proof of  residence  as
    21  required  by  paragraph  (a) of this subdivision, such registrant may be
    22  allowed to register for and vote in any election  by  affidavit  ballot.
    23  Such  affidavit ballot shall not be counted until election officials can
    24  determine such registrant's residence and eligibility to vote.
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.

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     1    (c) The board of elections shall establish  a  procedure  by  which  a
     2  person  who  registers  pursuant to this subdivision may cast his or her
     3  vote at the appropriate polling place.
     4    §  2.  This  act  shall  take  effect on the same date and in the same
     5  manner as a concurrent resolution amending  the  constitution,  entitled
     7  to section 5 of article 2 of the constitution, in relation  to  the  ten
     8  day  advance  registration requirement, as proposed by legislative bills
     9  numbers S.1048 and A.777 of 2019.