Bill Text: NY S02091 | 2019-2020 | General Assembly | Introduced


Bill Title: Requires a valid government issued photo identification card be presented when casting a ballot; provides for persons eligible for Medicaid to receive identification cards.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Republican 1-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2019-04-03 - NOTICE OF COMMITTEE CONSIDERATION - REQUESTED [S02091 Detail]

Download: New_York-2019-S02091-Introduced.html


                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________
                                          2091
                               2019-2020 Regular Sessions
                    IN SENATE
                                    January 22, 2019
                                       ___________
        Introduced  by  Sen.  ORTT  --  read twice and ordered printed, and when
          printed to be committed to the Committee on Elections
        AN ACT to amend the election law and the vehicle  and  traffic  law,  in
          relation  to  requiring a valid government issued photo identification
          card to be presented when casting a ballot
          The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and  Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
     1    Section  1. Section 8-303 of the election law, as added by chapter 420
     2  of the laws of 2004, subparagraph 1 of paragraph (b) of  subdivision  3,
     3  as  amended  by  chapter  160 of the laws of 2005, is amended to read as
     4  follows:
     5    § 8-303. [Initial voter] Voter identification. 1. Applicability.  Each
     6  board  of  elections,  in  a uniform and nondiscriminatory manner, shall
     7  require a voter to meet the requirements  of  subdivision  two  of  this
     8  section [if:
     9    (a)  the individual registered to vote in a jurisdiction by mail on or
    10  after January first, two thousand three; and
    11    (b) the individual has not previously voted in an election for federal
    12  office in the jurisdiction of the board of elections].
    13    2. Requirements. (a) In general. An individual meets the  requirements
    14  of this subdivision if the individual:
    15    (1) in the case of an individual who votes in person[:  (i)], presents
    16  to  the  appropriate  election inspector, clerk or coordinator a current
    17  and valid government issued photo identification[; or
    18    (ii) presents to the appropriate election inspector, clerk or  coordi-
    19  nator  a  copy  of  a  current  utility bill, bank statement, government
    20  check, paycheck, or other government document that shows  the  name  and
    21  address of the voter]; or
    22    (2)  in  the  case  of an individual who votes by mail, submits in the
    23  outer envelope with the envelope containing the ballot[: (i)] a copy  of
    24  a current and valid government issued photo identification[; or

         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD07846-02-9

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     1    (ii)  a  copy  of  a  current utility bill, bank statement, government
     2  check, paycheck, or other government document that shows  the  name  and
     3  address of the voter].
     4    (3)  A  valid and current government issued photo identification shall
     5  include: a New York state driver's license or non-driver  ID;  a  United
     6  States passport; an identification card issued by a United States educa-
     7  tional  institution;  a  United  States  military identification card; a
     8  government issued medical card or any identification card issued by  the
     9  United States or the state of New York.
    10    (b) Fail-safe voting. (1) An individual who desires to vote in person,
    11  but [who does not meet the requirements of subparagraph one of paragraph
    12  (a) of this subdivision] does not possess a current and valid government
    13  issued photo identification, may cast an affidavit ballot[, and notwith-
    14  standing this section of law, such]. Such affidavit ballot shall be duly
    15  cast  and  counted[,  even  though  such  individual  does  not meet the
    16  requirements of subparagraph one of paragraph (a) of this  subdivision,]
    17  provided  such  individual  casting such ballot is an otherwise eligible
    18  voter pursuant to law, provided further that the individual produces  to
    19  the local board of elections a valid and current government issued photo
    20  identification  within  three  days of casting that ballot and that such
    21  ballot otherwise complies with the requirements of law.
    22    (2) An individual who desires to vote by mail but who does  not  [meet
    23  the  requirements  of subparagraph two of paragraph (a) of this subdivi-
    24  sion] possess a current and valid government  issued  photo  identifica-
    25  tion,  may cast such a ballot by mail and such ballot shall be duly cast
    26  and counted[, notwithstanding this  section,]  provided  [the  voter  is
    27  determined to be an eligible voter and provided further], that the local
    28  board  of  elections  determines  the validity of the ballot by mail and
    29  that such ballot otherwise complies with the requirements of law.
    30    3. Inapplicability. Subdivisions one and two of this section shall not
    31  apply in the case of a person: (a) who registers to  vote  by  mail  and
    32  submits as part of such registration [either:
    33    (1)] a copy of a current and valid government issued photo identifica-
    34  tion; or
    35    [(2)  a  copy  of  a  current utility bill, bank statement, government
    36  check, paycheck, or government document that shows the name and  address
    37  of the voter;]
    38    (b)  [(1)]  who registers to vote by mail and submits with such regis-
    39  tration either:
    40    [(i)] (1) a driver's license or a department of  motor  vehicles  non-
    41  driver photo ID number; or
    42    [(ii)]  (2)  at  least the last four digits of the individual's social
    43  security number; and [(2)]  with  respect  to  whom  a  local  board  of
    44  elections  matches the information submitted under [subparagraph one of]
    45  this paragraph with an existing state identification record bearing  the
    46  number, name and date of birth of such voter; [or] and
    47    [(c)  who  is:  (1)]  (3)  such person is entitled to vote by absentee
    48  ballot under the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (42
    49  U.S.C. 1973ff-1 et seq.); and
    50    [(2)] (4) such person is provided the right to vote otherwise than  in
    51  person  under section 3 (b) (2) (B) (ii) of the Voting Accessibility for
    52  the Elderly and Handicapped Act (42 U.S.C. 1973ee-1 (b) (2)  (B)  (ii));
    53  or
    54    [(3)] (5) is entitled to vote otherwise than in person under any other
    55  federal law.

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     1    §  2.  Subdivision  2 of section 491 of the vehicle and traffic law is
     2  amended by adding a new paragraph (f) to read as follows:
     3    (f)  Any adult citizen whose income qualifies him or her for Medicaid,
     4  as verified in writing by the county's department  of  social  services,
     5  shall  not  be  required to pay any fee for an identification card. This
     6  provision shall not apply to identification cards described in paragraph
     7  (e) of this subdivision, which can be used for certain border crossings.
     8    § 3. This act shall take effect immediately.
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