Bill Text: NY A01929 | 2019-2020 | General Assembly | Introduced

Bill Title: Relates to poll watchers for special, town or village elections being held for the sole purpose of a ballot proposal.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 5-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2019-01-18 - referred to election law [A01929 Detail]

Download: New_York-2019-A01929-Introduced.html

                STATE OF NEW YORK
                               2019-2020 Regular Sessions
                   IN ASSEMBLY
                                    January 18, 2019
        Introduced  by  M. of A. ZEBROWSKI, BUCHWALD, GALEF, ABINANTI, JAFFEE --
          read once and referred to the Committee on Election Law
        AN ACT to amend the election law,  in  relation  to  poll  watchers  for
          special,  town or village elections being held for the sole purpose of
          a ballot proposal
          The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and  Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
     1    Section  1. Subdivisions 1 and 3 of section 8-500 of the election law,
     2  as amended by chapter 373 of the laws of 1978, are amended  to  read  as
     3  follows:
     4    1.  At  any  general,  special,  town  or  village election, any party
     5  committee or independent body whose candidates are upon the ballot,  and
     6  when  a  special,  town  or  village election is being held for the sole
     7  purpose of a ballot proposal or proposals, the board of elections of the
     8  county in which the election is being held and at any primary  election,
     9  any two or more candidates and any political committee may have for each
    10  election  district  three watchers at any one time, not more than one of
    11  whom may be within the guard rail at any one  time.  Watchers  shall  be
    12  appointed  by  the  chairman of any such party, committee or independent
    13  body or by the candidates or by the board of  elections,  upon  request,
    14  for  a special, town or village election that is being held for the sole
    15  purpose of a ballot proposal or proposals. In such elections, the  board
    16  of  elections  shall appoint watchers in a manner that ensures equitable
    17  representation of organizations or individuals that are  advocating  the
    18  passage or defeat of the ballot proposal or proposals.
    19    3.  The appointment of watchers for any election shall be by a certif-
    20  icate in writing issued by the chairman or secretary  of  the  political
    21  party  or  independent  body,  [or]  the  candidates  or  the  board  of
    22  elections. Such certificate shall be delivered to an  inspector  at  the
    23  election district.
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.

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     1    §  2.  This  act shall take effect on the thirtieth day after it shall
     2  have become a law. Effective immediately, the addition, amendment and/or
     3  repeal of any rule or regulation necessary  for  the  implementation  of
     4  this  act  on  its effective date are authorized and directed to be made
     5  and completed on or before such effective date.