|SAME AS||SAME AS S06169-A|
|COSPNSR||Reilly, Millman, Schroeder, Brook-Krasny, Wright, Jaffee, Young, Koon, Dinowitz, Zebrowski K, Gabryszak, Cook, Maisel|
|MLTSPNSR||Brennan, Gottfried, Heastie, Jeffries, McEneny, Peoples, Pheffer, Rivera N, Weisenberg|
|Amd SS5-210 & 5-211, El L|
|Provides measures to improve voter registration among young people.|
|05/20/2008||referred to election law|
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NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION
submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
BILL NUMBER: A11167 SPONSOR: Bing (MS)
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the election law, in relation to voter registration and enrollment; and providing for the repeal of certain provisions upon expiration thereof   PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: Improves voter registration among young people and seeks to remove many barriers to registration and elec- toral participation.   SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Section I amends § 5-210 of the election law to require the state board of elections to implement online voter registration for individuals who already possess a New York state driver's license or non-driver identification card. Section 2 amends § 5-120 of the election law to require that printed mail voter registration forms have prepaid postage within the United States. Section 3 amends § 5-210 of the election law to allow 17-year-olds to register with the state board of elections so they will be eligible to vote as soon as they turn 18. Section 4 amends § 5-210 of the election law to require the state board of elections to conduct a study and issue recommendations for improving voter registration among citizens under 25. Section 5 amends § 5-211 of the election law to require all colleges and university, as well as any state agencies not designated as participat- ing agencies to make voter registration forms available to the public. Section 6 amends § 5-211 of the election law to require all public and private colleges and universities to mail students a voter registration form at the start of each school year and in January of a presidential election year. Section 7 provides an immediate effective date and a 3-year sunset provision for section 4.   JUSTIFICATION: The Higher Education Act of 1998, as amended, requires all colleges to provide voter registration forms to students physically located on campus before state and federal elections. New York State election law also requires every public college and university (SUNY & CUNY) to provide voter registration forms to every student at the start of each academic year and in January of Presidential election years. Despite the state and federal mandate, a February 2008 report by Rock the Vote (RockTheVote.com) found only 63% of young people age 18-22 are registered to vote compared to 87% of people age 23-29. This data shows a 10% decrease in the number of young people age 18-22 registered voters since 2006. This legislation would improve youth voter registration by adding prepaid postage; expanding distribution requirements to all colleges, universities and state agencies; implementing online registration with a valid New York Driver's License or Identification; directing the State Board of Elections to conduct a study and issue recommendations to improve registration among New Yorkers under 25; and, allowing 7 year- olds to register. Expanding the law will allow us to enroll more voters as they interact with government such as while they are still students in the education system and seeks to remove many barriers to registra- tion and electoral participation.   PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: None. This is new legislation.   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None to the state.   EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately, provided that section 4 shall expire and be deemed repealed 3 years after such date.
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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 11167 IN ASSEMBLY May 20, 2008 ___________ Introduced by M. of A. BING, REILLY, MILLMAN, SCHROEDER, BROOK-KRASNY, WRIGHT, JAFFEE, YOUNG, KOON, DINOWITZ, K. ZEBROWSKI, GABRYSZAK, COOK -- Multi-Sponsored by -- M. of A. GOTTFRIED, McENENY, PHEFFER, WEIS- ENBERG -- read once and referred to the Committee on Election Law AN ACT to amend the election law, in relation to voter registration and enrollment; and providing for the repeal of certain provisions upon expiration thereof The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem- bly, do enact as follows: 1 Section 1. Section 5-210 of the election law is amended by adding a 2 new subdivision 16 to read as follows: 3 16. The state board of elections is required to develop and implement 4 on-line voter registration for individuals who possess a New York state 5 driver's license or New York state issued non-driver identification 6 card. The registration shall include all other information required by 7 this section for written registration and in addition on-line applicants 8 shall be required to provide a New York state driver's license or New 9 York state non-driver identification card. The registration on-line 10 form shall be forwarded by the state board of elections to the appropri- 11 ate county board of elections for processing in the usual manner. 12 § 2. Subdivision 5 of section 5-210 of the election law is amended by 13 adding a new paragraph (m) to read as follows: 14 (m) All printed mail voter registration application forms prepared 15 pursuant to this section shall be postage prepaid so that no postage is 16 necessary if mailed in the United States. 17 § 3. Paragraph (g) of subdivision 5 of section 5-210 of the election 18 law, as amended by chapter 179 of the laws of 2005, is amended to read 19 as follows: 20 (g) Notice that the applicant must be a citizen of the United States, 21 is or will be at least eighteen years old not later than December thir- 22 ty-first of the calendar year in which he or she registers and a resi- 23 dent of the county or city to which application is made. Notwithstanding 24 any other provision of law, any person at least seventeen years of age EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD13544-02-8A. 11167 2 1 may make an application for registration under this section regardless 2 of whether he or she becomes eighteen years of age by election day. 3 § 4. Section 5-210 of the election law, is amended by adding a new 4 subdivision 17 to read as follows: 5 17. The state board of elections shall conduct a study and prepare a 6 report and issue recommendations for improving voter registration among 7 citizens under the age of twenty-five years. The study should address, 8 although not be limited to, the feasibility of directly mailing voter 9 registration materials to New York state residents eighteen years of age 10 who possess a resident driver's license or a non-driver identification 11 card, resident fishing, hunting, boating or gun licenses, are in the 12 state foster care system, receive state welfare benefits or are enrolled 13 in child health plus. Such study and report shall be completed by Decem- 14 ber first, two thousand eight. Copies of such reports shall be provided 15 to the governor, the temporary president of the senate and the speaker 16 of the assembly. 17 § 5. Section 5-211 of the election law is amended by adding a new 18 subdivision 18 to read as follows: 19 18. All colleges, universities, public high schools and public 20 libraries located in this state and all state agencies, departments, 21 divisions and offices not specifically designated as participating agen- 22 cies under this section shall make voter registration forms available to 23 any persons using or visiting their premises. 24 § 6. The opening paragraph of section 5-211 of the election law, as 25 amended by chapter 200 of the laws of 1996, is amended to read as 26 follows: 27 Each agency designated as a participating agency under the provisions 28 of this section shall implement and administer a program of distribution 29 of voter registration forms pursuant to the provisions of this section. 30 The following offices which provide public assistance and/or provide 31 state funded programs primarily engaged in providing services to persons 32 with disabilities are hereby designated as voter registration agencies: 33 designated as the state agencies which provide public assistance are the 34 department of social services and the department of health. Also desig- 35 nated as public assistance agencies are all agencies of local government 36 that provide such assistance. Designated as state agencies that provide 37 programs primarily engaged in providing services to people with disabil- 38 ities are the department of labor, office for the aging, division of 39 veterans' affairs, office of mental health, office of vocational and 40 educational services for individuals with disabilities, commission on 41 quality of care for the mentally disabled, office of mental retardation 42 and developmental disabilities, commission for the blind and visually 43 handicapped, office of alcoholism and substance abuse services, the 44 office of the advocate for the disabled and all offices which administer 45 programs established or funded by such agencies. Additional state agen- 46 cies designated as voter registration offices are the department of 47 state and the division of workers' compensation. Such agencies shall be 48 required to offer voter registration forms to persons upon initial 49 application for services, renewal or recertification for services and 50 change of address relating to such services. Such agencies shall also be 51 responsible for providing assistance to applicants in completing voter 52 registration forms, receiving and transmitting the completed application 53 form from all applicants who wish to have such form transmitted to the 54 appropriate board of elections. The state board of elections shall, 55 together with representatives of the department of defense, develop and 56 implement procedures for including recruitment offices of the armedA. 11167 3 1 forces of the United States as voter registration offices when such 2 offices are so designated by federal law. The state board shall also 3 make request of the United States Immigration and Naturalization Service 4 to include applications for registration by mail with any materials 5 which are given to new citizens. All institutions of the state univer- 6 sity of New York and the city university of New York, and all private 7 colleges and universities located in the state shall, at the beginning 8 of the school year, and again in January of a year in which the presi- 9 dent of the United States is to be elected, [ provide] mail an applica- 10 tion for registration to each student in each such institution at their 11 last known address at such institution. The state board of elections 12 may, by regulation, grant a waiver from any or all of the requirements 13 of this section to any office or program of an agency, if it determines 14 that it is not feasible for such office or program to administer such 15 requirement. 16 § 7. This act shall take effect immediately, provided that section 17 four of this act shall expire and be deemed repealed 3 years after such 18 date.