Bill Text: NY A07930 | 2019-2020 | General Assembly | Introduced

Bill Title: Permits persons registered to vote, but not enrolled in a party, to vote in the presidential primary; defines "undeclared voter".

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 1-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2019-05-28 - referred to election law [A07930 Detail]

Download: New_York-2019-A07930-Introduced.html

                STATE OF NEW YORK


                               2019-2020 Regular Sessions

                   IN ASSEMBLY

                                      May 28, 2019

        Introduced by M. of A. THIELE -- read once and referred to the Committee
          on Election Law

        AN  ACT  to  amend  the  election law, in relation to permitting persons
          registered to vote but not enrolled in a party to vote in  the  presi-
          dential primary

          The  People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:

     1    Section 1. Section 1-104 of the election law is amended  by  adding  a
     2  new subdivision 39 to read as follows:
     3    39.  The term "undeclared voter" means a person registered to vote and
     4  who is not enrolled in a party pursuant to article five of this chapter.
     5    § 2. The election law is amended by adding a new section 2-123 to read
     6  as follows:
     7    § 2-123. Open presidential primaries. Notwithstanding any provision of
     8  law to the contrary, after the effective date of this section, an  unde-
     9  clared  voter  shall be permitted to vote in the presidential primary of
    10  any party. Such undeclared voter  may  only  vote  in  the  presidential
    11  primary  of  one  party. Such undeclared voter shall select the party in
    12  which the voter wishes to cast such a ballot on the day of the presiden-
    13  tial primary at the polling place of the undeclared voter  at  the  time
    14  such voter seeks to cast a ballot.
    15    § 3. This act shall take effect immediately.

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