Bill Text: NY S00546 | 2019-2020 | General Assembly | Introduced

Bill Title: Increases the number of registrants an election district may contain with the approval of the county board of elections; increases number on county committee.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Republican 1-0)

Status: (Engrossed) 2019-02-27 - referred to election law [S00546 Detail]

Download: New_York-2019-S00546-Introduced.html

                STATE OF NEW YORK
                               2019-2020 Regular Sessions
                    IN SENATE
                                     January 9, 2019
        Introduced  by  Sen.  AKSHAR -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
          printed to be committed to the Committee on Elections
        AN ACT to amend the election law, in relation to increasing  the  number
          of  registrants  an election district may contain with the approval of
          the county board of elections; authorizes increase of county committee
          The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and  Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
     1    Section  1.  Paragraph  a  of  subdivision  3  of section 4-100 of the
     2  election law, as amended by chapter 659 of the laws of 1994, is  amended
     3  to read as follows:
     4    a.  Each  election  district  shall  be in compact form and may not be
     5  partly within and partly without a ward, town, city, a village which has
     6  five thousand or more inhabitants and is wholly within one  town,  or  a
     7  county  legislative,  assembly,  senatorial  or  congressional district.
     8  Except as provided in paragraph b of this subdivision, election district
     9  boundaries, other than those boundaries which are coterminous  with  the
    10  boundaries  of those political subdivisions mentioned in this paragraph,
    11  must be streets, rivers, railroad lines or  other  permanent  character-
    12  istics  of the landscape which are clearly visible to any person without
    13  the need to use any technical or mechanical device. An election district
    14  shall contain not more than nine hundred  fifty  registrants  (excluding
    15  registrants  in  inactive  status)  or,  with the approval of the county
    16  board of elections, not more than [eleven hundred  fifty]  two  thousand
    17  registrants (excluding registrants in inactive status), but any election
    18  district may be divided for the convenience of the voters.
    19    § 2. Subdivision 1 of section 2-104 of the election law, as amended by
    20  chapter 659 of the laws of 1994, is amended to read as follows:
    21    1.  The  county  committee  of  each party shall be constituted by the
    22  election in each election district within such county of  at  least  two
    23  members  and  of such additional members[, not in excess of two,] as the
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.

        S. 546                              2
     1  rules of the county committee of the party  within  the  county  or  the
     2  statement  filed  pursuant hereto may provide for such district, propor-
     3  tional to the party vote in  the  district  for  governor  at  the  last
     4  preceding  gubernatorial  election,  or  in  case the boundaries of such
     5  district have been changed or a new district has been created since  the
     6  last  preceding  gubernatorial  election, proportional to the party vote
     7  cast for member of assembly or in the event there was  no  election  for
     8  member  of  assembly, then proportional to the number of enrolled voters
     9  of such party in such district on  the  list  of  enrolled  voters  last
    10  published  by  the  board  of  elections,  excluding  voters in inactive
    11  status. In a county in which no additional members are provided  for  by
    12  the rules of the county committee or the statement filed pursuant hereto
    13  the  voting  power  of  each member shall be in proportion to such party
    14  vote or, if the election  district  which  such  member  represents  was
    15  created  or  changed  since  the  last  election for member of assembly,
    16  proportional to such party enrollment. In a county in  which  additional
    17  members  are  so provided for, on the basis of the party vote or enroll-
    18  ment in election districts within such county, each  member  shall  have
    19  one  vote.  Each member of a county committee shall be an enrolled voter
    20  of the party residing in the county and the assembly district from which
    21  or in the assembly district containing the election  district  in  which
    22  such  member  is elected except that a member of a county committee who,
    23  as a result of an alteration  of  assembly  district  lines,  no  longer
    24  resides  within  such  assembly  district  may continue to serve for the
    25  balance of the term to which he was elected.
    26    § 3. This act shall take effect immediately.