Bill Text: NY S02399 | 2017-2018 | General Assembly | Introduced


Bill Title: Relates to automatic voter registration.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 2-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2018-01-03 - REFERRED TO ELECTIONS [S02399 Detail]

Download: New_York-2017-S02399-Introduced.html


                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________
                                          2399
                               2017-2018 Regular Sessions
                    IN SENATE
                                    January 13, 2017
                                       ___________
        Introduced  by Sens. COMRIE, HOYLMAN, LATIMER, PERKINS -- 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 automatic voter regis-
          tration
          The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and  Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
     1    Section  1. Subdivisions 1, 14 and 15 of section 5-212 of the election
     2  law, as added by chapter 659 of the laws of 1994, are amended to read as
     3  follows:
     4    1. In addition to any other method of voter registration provided  for
     5  in  this  article,  any  qualified person may apply for registration and
     6  enrollment either by application made simultaneously and integrated with
     7  an application for a motor vehicle driver's license, a driver's  license
     8  renewal  or  an  identification  card  if  such  a card is issued by the
     9  department of motor vehicles in its normal course of business or by  the
    10  department   of  motor  vehicles  providing  the  appropriate  board  of
    11  elections with electronic records of each person who qualifies to  vote,
    12  pursuant to subdivision twelve-a of this section.
    13    14.  The  state  board shall develop and distribute public information
    14  and promotional materials relating to the purposes and implementation of
    15  [this program] these programs.
    16    15. The state board shall prepare and distribute to the department  of
    17  motor  vehicles  written  instructions  as to the implementation of [the
    18  program] these programs and shall be responsible for establishing train-
    19  ing programs for employees of the department of motor vehicles  involved
    20  in such [program] programs.
    21    §  2.  Section  5-212  of  the election law is amended by adding a new
    22  subdivision 12-a to read as follows:
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD00219-01-7

        S. 2399                             2
     1    12-a. In addition to completing an application  for  registration  and
     2  enrollment  by  application,  a person may also be registered to vote in
     3  the following manner:
     4    (a)  The  department  of  motor vehicles shall establish a schedule by
     5  which it provides to the state board  of  elections  electronic  records
     6  containing  the  legal  name, age, residence and citizenship information
     7  for, and the electronic signature of, each person who  is  qualified  to
     8  vote under section 5-102 of this article.
     9    (b) Upon receiving the electronic record for, and electronic signature
    10  of,  a  person described in paragraph (a) of this subdivision, the state
    11  board of elections shall provide  the  information  to  the  appropriate
    12  county  board  of  elections  in which the person may be registered as a
    13  voter. The appropriate county board of elections shall send each  person
    14  a notification directing him or her to:
    15    (i) decline being registered as a voter; or
    16    (ii) adopt a political party affiliation.
    17    (c)  If a person notified under paragraph (b) of this subdivision does
    18  not decline to be registered as a voter within twenty-one calendar  days
    19  after  the  county  board  of  elections  issues  the  notification, the
    20  person's electronic record  and  electronic  signature  submitted  under
    21  paragraph  (a) of this subdivision will constitute a completed registra-
    22  tion application for the person for  purposes  of  this  section.    The
    23  person  shall  be  registered  to  vote if the county board of elections
    24  determines that the person is qualified  to  vote  pursuant  to  section
    25  5-102 of this article, and the person is not already registered to vote.
    26    (d)  A county board of elections may not send a ballot to, or add to a
    27  voter registration list, a person  who  meets  eligibility  requirements
    28  until  at  least  twenty-one  calendar  days  after  the county board of
    29  elections provided notification to the person as described in  paragraph
    30  (b) of this subdivision.
    31    §  3.  This  act shall take effect on the ninetieth day after it shall
    32  have become a law.
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