Bill Text: NY A04823 | 2019-2020 | General Assembly | Introduced

Bill Title: Relates to voting rights.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 17-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2020-02-14 - opinion referred to judiciary [A04823 Detail]

Download: New_York-2019-A04823-Introduced.html

                STATE OF NEW YORK
                               2019-2020 Regular Sessions
                   IN ASSEMBLY
                                    February 5, 2019
        Introduced   by   M.   of   A.   BLAKE,  COOK,  JAFFEE,  MOSLEY,  ORTIZ,
          PEOPLES-STOKES, ROZIC, STECK, WRIGHT -- Multi-Sponsored by -- M. of A.
          HEVESI, THIELE -- read once and referred to the Committee on  Election
        proposing  an amendment to article 2 of the constitution, in relation to
          voting rights
     1    Section 1. Resolved (if the Senate concur),  That  article  2  of  the
     2  constitution be amended by adding a new section 10 to read as follows:
     3    §  10.  Voting  rights. (A) No voting qualification or prerequisite to
     4  voting or standard, practice, or procedure shall be imposed  or  applied
     5  by the state or any political subdivision in a manner which results in a
     6  denial  or abridgement of the right of any citizen to vote on account of
     7  race or color, religion, gender preference or disability.
     8    (B) To assure that the right of citizens to  vote  is  not  denied  or
     9  abridged  on  account  of  race or color, religion, gender preference or
    10  disability, no citizen shall be denied the right to vote in any election
    11  because of his or her failure to comply with any prerequisite for voting
    12  or registration for voting requiring him or her to:
    13    (1) demonstrate the ability to read, write, understand,  or  interpret
    14  any matter;
    15    (2) demonstrate any educational achievement or his or her knowledge of
    16  any particular subject;
    17    (3) possess good moral character;
    18    (4) pay or demonstrate payment of any poll tax or other tax;
    19    (5) provide government issued photo identification at a polling site;
    20    (6) provide documentary proof of United States citizenship to register
    21  to vote; or
    22    (7)  prove  his  or  her  qualifications  by the voucher of registered
    23  voters or members of any other class.
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.

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     1    (C) Neither the state, nor any political subdivision,  shall  restrict
     2  third-party organizations or individuals from registering voters in good
     3  faith.
     4    §  2. Resolved (if the Senate concur), That the foregoing amendment be
     5  referred to the first regular legislative session  convening  after  the
     6  next  succeeding  general  election  of members of the assembly, and, in
     7  conformity with section  1  of  article  19  of  such  constitution,  be
     8  published for 3 months previous to the time of such election.