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A06730 Memo:

NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION
submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
 
BILL NUMBER: A6730
 
SPONSOR: Glick
  TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the election law, in relation to establishing compulsory voting in this state   PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: To make voting compulsory for individuals who are eligible to vote.   SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1 amends subsection 5-100 of theelection law which requires a person to be registered to vote before the date of general elections. Primary and school district elections will be exempted. Section 2 will amend election law by adding a new section 8-310 to require voting for all eligible voters either by absentee ballot or in person. Those who fail to vote will be subject to a $10 fine unless they have a proof of a valid excuse. Funds collected by will be used solely for the purpose of improving the election process. Section 3 authorizes the state board of elections to promulgate rules and regulations it deems appropriate to carry out the purposes of this act. Section 4 establishes the effective date.   JUSTIFICATION: The United States has some of the lowest voter turnout rates compared to any other advanced democratic countries in the world. During presiden- tial elections roughly 60% of eligible voters participate in the voting process. New York ranks 46th in voter turnout at the national level. After the 2014 midterm election, voter turnout was the lowest in 70 years. Since the early 1900s, Australia responded to lower voter turnout by making voting compulsory. Since the law was passed, the country has seen more than 90% of voting eligible Australians cast a ballot. Mandatory voting would drastically increase civic participation and transform the political arena by making politicians more reflective of the constitu- ents that elected them.   PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: This is a new bill.   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS FOR STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS: To be determined   EFFECTIVE DATE: Effective immediately
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