Bill Text: NY A08473 | 2019-2020 | General Assembly | Introduced

Bill Title: Authorizes the city of New York to establish and maintain an electronic voter registration transmittal system for New York city residents.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 2-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2019-07-08 - referred to election law [A08473 Detail]

Download: New_York-2019-A08473-Introduced.html

                STATE OF NEW YORK


                               2019-2020 Regular Sessions

                   IN ASSEMBLY

                                      July 8, 2019

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

        AN ACT to authorize the city of New  York  to  establish  an  electronic
          voter registration transmittal system for New York city residents; and
          providing for the repeal of such provisions upon expiration thereof

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

     1    Section 1. Notwithstanding any other provision  of  law,  rule,  regu-
     2  lation  or policy to the contrary, any municipal agency so authorized by
     3  local law of the city of New York may establish and  maintain  an  elec-
     4  tronic personal voter registration transmittal system for applicants who
     5  are  New  York city residents. Such system may be established before the
     6  establishment of any system otherwise authorized by law, and the  exist-
     7  ence  of  the  system  authorized by this section shall not be deemed to
     8  preclude New York city residents from  utilizing  any  system  otherwise
     9  authorized  by  law.  Completed  applications  that  are filed using the
    10  system authorized by this section, when  transmitted  to  the  board  of
    11  elections  in  the  city  of  New  York not later than the twentieth day
    12  before the next ensuing primary,  general  or  special  election,  shall
    13  entitle the applicant to vote in such election provided the board deter-
    14  mines  that  the applicant is otherwise qualified. Applications shall be
    15  processed by such board in the manner prescribed in by section 5-210  of
    16  the election law or, if the applicant is already registered to vote from
    17  another  address  in New York state, in the manner prescribed by section
    18  5-208 of the election law. Such board shall send the appropriate  notice
    19  of  approval or rejection as required by either subdivision 9 of section
    20  5-210 of the election law or subdivision  5  of  section  5-208  of  the
    21  election  law. Such system may utilize an electronic or manual signature
    22  that is in the custody of the department of motor  vehicles,  the  state
    23  board  of  elections,  any  other  agency designated by section 5-211 or
    24  5-212 of the election law, or any agency designated as  a  participating

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

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     1  agency  or authorized to collect such signatures under section 1057-a or
     2  1057-f of the New York city charter, with the consent of the  individual
     3  that  produced  the signature. The online voter registration application
     4  utilized  by  such  electronic  personal  voter registration transmittal
     5  system  may  contain  such  minor,  non-substantive  variations  of  the
     6  requirements  of  section  5-210 of the election law with respect to the
     7  format and content of the application as may be reasonably necessary  to
     8  facilitate the electronic collection, transmission, and storage of data,
     9  provided  that  the application shall include all of the voter registra-
    10  tion information required by such section.
    11    § 2. This act shall  take  effect  immediately  and  shall  be  deemed
    12  repealed 90 days after the date that a statewide electronic voter regis-
    13  tration  transmittal  system,  to  be  established by the state board of
    14  elections pursuant to title 8 of article 5 of the election law, as added
    15  by part CCC of chapter 55 of the laws of 2019, is operational and acces-
    16  sible to residents of the city of New York. The state board of elections
    17  shall notify the legislative bill drafting commission upon the date that
    18  such system is operational and accessible in order that  the  commission
    19  may  maintain an accurate and timely effective data base of the official
    20  text of the laws of the state of New York in furtherance of effectuating
    21  the provisions of section 44 of the legislative law and section 70-b  of
    22  the public officers law.