Bill Text: NY S05199 | 2019-2020 | General Assembly | Introduced

Bill Title: Authorizes the board of elections to provide special ballots to board of election employees anytime up to the close of polls on election day.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 2-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2019-05-20 - ADVANCED TO THIRD READING [S05199 Detail]

Download: New_York-2019-S05199-Introduced.html

                STATE OF NEW YORK
                               2019-2020 Regular Sessions
                    IN SENATE
                                     April 16, 2019
        Introduced  by  Sen. METZGER -- 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  special  ballots  for
          board of elections employees
          The  People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
     1    Section 1. Section 11-302 of the election law, as amended  by  chapter
     2  163 of the laws of 2010, is amended to read as follows:
     3    §  11-302.  Special  ballots for board of election employees. A person
     4  who is an employee of the board of elections or who has  been  appointed
     5  to  serve as an inspector of elections, poll clerk or election coordina-
     6  tor at a polling place other than the one at which he or she  is  regis-
     7  tered to vote, may deliver to the inspectors of election of the election
     8  district in which he or she is registered, or to the board of elections,
     9  at  any  time  during the period in which an application for an absentee
    10  ballot may be so delivered pursuant to the provisions of this chapter, a
    11  written statement that he or she will be unable to appear at the polling
    12  place for such election district on the day of an election  because  his
    13  or  her  duties  as  an  employee of such board or as an inspector, poll
    14  clerk or election coordinator require him or her to  be  elsewhere.  The
    15  board of elections shall provide such voter a special ballot [not earli-
    16  er than two weeks before the election and not later than] any time prior
    17  to  the  close  of  the polls on election day, provided however that the
    18  distribution of such ballots to such voters shall  be  timed  to  afford
    19  such  voters  sufficient time to cast such ballots prior to the close of
    20  the polls on election day.  Such cast ballots may  be  delivered  to  an
    21  office  of  such  board  of  elections or to any board of inspectors not
    22  later than the close of the polls on election day. Such ballots shall be
    23  retained at the board of elections and cast and  canvassed  pursuant  to
    24  the provisions of section 9-209 of this chapter.
    25    § 2. This act shall take effect immediately.
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.