2019-2020 Regular Sessions
                    IN SENATE
                                     January 9, 2019
        Introduced   by  Sens.  CARLUCCI,  ADDABBO,  BAILEY,  BRESLIN,  HOYLMAN,
          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 voter pre-registration
          The  People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
     1    Section 1.   Paragraph o of subdivision 4  of  section  5-500  of  the
     2  election  law, as amended by chapter 659 of the laws of 1994, is amended
     3  and a new paragraph p is added to read as follows:
     4    o. A space for "remarks" regarding other facts required by this  chap-
     5  ter to be recorded or appropriate to identify the voter[.];
     6    p.  A space for pre-registering applicants to respond to the following
     7  question: "Are you at least 16 years of age and understand that you must
     8  be 18 years of age on or before election day to vote, and that until you
     9  reach the age of 18 your registration will be marked  as  'pending'  and
    10  you will be unable to cast a ballot in any election?".
    11    § 2. The election law is amended by adding a new section 5-507 to read
    12  as follows:
    13    §  5-507.  Voter pre-registration and education on voter pre-registra-
    14  tion. 1. Pre-registration.  A person who is at least  sixteen  years  of
    15  age  and who is otherwise qualified to register to vote may pre-register
    16  to vote, and shall be automatically registered upon reaching the age  of
    17  eligibility,  following  verification of the person's qualifications and
    18  address.
    19    2. Encouragement of student voter registration  and  pre-registration.
    20  Local  boards  of  education  are  required to adopt policies to promote
    21  student voter registration  and  pre-registration.  These  policies  may
    22  include  collaboration  with county boards of elections to conduct voter
    23  registration  and  pre-registration  in  high  schools.  Completion  and
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.

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     1  submission  of voter registration or pre-registration forms shall not be
     2  a course requirement or graded assignment for students.
     3    §  3. This act shall take effect on the first of January next succeed-
     4  ing the date on which it shall have become a law.  Effective  immediate-
     5  ly,  the  addition,  amendment  and/or  repeal of any rule or regulation
     6  necessary for the implementation of this act on its effective  date  are
     7  authorized to be made and completed on or before such effective date.