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A00778 Summary:

BILL NOA00778
 
SAME ASSAME AS S00871, SAME AS S01049
 
SPONSORVanel (MS)
 
COSPNSRLavine, Heastie, Cusick, Lupardo, Gottfried, Paulin, Aubry, Simotas, Galef, Lifton, Abinanti, Zebrowski, Colton, Carroll, Weprin, Barnwell, Seawright, Ramos, Simon, Otis, Glick, Schimminger, Dinowitz, Jones, Buchwald, Rosenthal L, Wallace, Englebright, Jaffee, Hyndman, Burke, Cruz, Eichenstein, Epstein, Fall, Griffin, Jacobson, McMahon, Raynor, Reyes, Romeo, Weinstein, Blake, DenDekker, Frontus, Taylor, Gantt, Lentol, Rosenthal D, Stern, De La Rosa, D'Urso, Buttenschon, Dickens, Hunter, Rozic, Kim, Bichotte
 
MLTSPNSRBronson, Nolan, Perry, Sayegh, Thiele
 
Amd Art 2 2, Constn
 
Authorizes ballot by mail by removing cause for absentee ballot voting.
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A00778 Actions:

BILL NOA00778
 
01/10/2019referred to election law
01/11/2019to attorney-general for opinion
01/14/2019reported referred to judiciary
01/14/2019reported referred to rules
01/14/2019reported
01/14/2019rules report cal.7
01/14/2019substituted by s1049
 S01049 AMEND= COMRIE
 02/06/2019opinion referred to judiciary
 01/10/2019REFERRED TO JUDICIARY
 01/11/2019TO ATTORNEY-GENERAL FOR OPINION
 01/14/2019REPORTED AND COMMITTED TO RULES
 01/14/2019ORDERED TO THIRD READING CAL.4
 01/14/2019PASSED SENATE
 01/14/2019DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
 01/14/2019referred to judiciary
 01/14/2019substituted for a778
 01/14/2019ordered to third reading rules cal.7
 01/14/2019passed assembly
 01/14/2019returned to senate
 01/15/2019DELIVERED TO SECRETARY OF STATE
 02/07/2019OPINION REFERRED TO JUDICIARY
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A00778 Memo:

NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION
submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
 
BILL NUMBER: A778
 
SPONSOR: Vanel (MS)
  TITLE OF BILL: CONCURRENT RESOLUTION OF THE SENATE AND ASSEMBLY proposing an amendment to section 2 of article 2 of the constitution, in relation to authoriz- ing ballot by mail by removing cause for absentee ballot voting   PURPOSE: This resolution shall propose to amend the state Constitution to allow any eligible voter to request to vote by mail without declaring a reason for doing so.   SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1 of the bill amends section 2 of article. 2 of the constitution to remove certain restrictions on the legislature's ability to permit voters to cast. absentee ballots, and to instead permit the legislature to provide the manner, time, and place for qualified voters to vote on or before the day of the election other than by personal appearance at polling places. Section 2 of the bill provides that the amendment be referred to the first, regular legislative session after the next general election of members of the assembly and,be published for three months prior to the date of such election   JUSTIFICATION: Currently, the New York State Constitution only allows absentee voting if a person expects to be absent froM the-county in which they live or the City of New York, or becauseOfillness or physical disability:As we have seen recently, many states have allowed for alternate ways of voting, including mail in voting, without having to declare any reason for doing so. There is no reason to prevent New Yorkets from doing so as. well. By providing choices, voters are provided with the opportunity to cast their ballot in whatever way they find most convenient -whether that be in a voting booth on election day, or in the comfort of their own home prior to election day.   FISCAL ON THE STATE: None.   PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2018: A.7623 (Vanel) - Passed Assembly 2017: A.7623 (Vanel) - Passed Assembly 2016: A.3874B (Brennan) Passed AssemblY 2015: A.3874B(Brennan)Election Law 2014: A.4526 (Brennan) Election Law 2013: A.4526 (Brennan) Election. Law   EFFECTIVE DATE: This amendment takes effect on the first day of January of the year after its approval and:ratification by the people.
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A00778 Text:



 
                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                           778
 
                               2019-2020 Regular Sessions
 
                   IN ASSEMBLY
 
                                    January 10, 2019
                                       ___________
 
        Introduced  by  M.  of A. VANEL, LAVINE, HEASTIE, CUSICK, LUPARDO, GOTT-
          FRIED, PAULIN, AUBRY, SIMOTAS,  GALEF,  LIFTON,  ABINANTI,  ZEBROWSKI,
          COLTON,  CARROLL,  WEPRIN,  BARNWELL,  SEAWRIGHT,  RAMOS, SIMON, OTIS,
          GLICK, SCHIMMINGER, DINOWITZ, JONES, BUCHWALD, L. ROSENTHAL,  WALLACE,
          ENGLEBRIGHT, JAFFEE, HYNDMAN, BURKE, CRUZ, EICHENSTEIN, EPSTEIN, FALL,
          GRIFFIN,  JACOBSON, McMAHON, RAYNOR, REYES, ROMEO, WEINSTEIN -- Multi-
          Sponsored by -- M. of A. BRONSON,  PERRY,  THIELE  --  read  once  and
          referred to the Committee on Election Law
 
                    CONCURRENT RESOLUTION OF THE SENATE AND ASSEMBLY
 
        proposing an amendment to section 2 of article 2 of the constitution, in
          relation  to authorizing ballot by mail by removing cause for absentee
          ballot voting
 
     1    Section 1. Resolved (if the Senate concur), That section 2 of  article
     2  2 of the constitution be amended to read as follows:
     3    §  2.  The legislature may, by general law, provide a manner in which,
     4  and the time and place at which, qualified voters [who,  on  the  occur-
     5  rence  of any election, may be absent from the county of their residence
     6  or, if residents of the city of New York, from the city,  and  qualified
     7  voters  who,  on the occurrence of any election, may be unable to appear
     8  personally at the polling place because of illness or physical disabili-
     9  ty,] may vote and for the return and  canvass  of  their  votes  in  any
    10  election.
    11    §  2. Resolved (if the Senate concur), That the foregoing amendment be
    12  referred to the first regular legislative session  convening  after  the
    13  next  succeeding  general  election  of members of the assembly, and, in
    14  conformity with  section  1  of  article  19  of  the  constitution,  be
    15  published for 3 months previous to the time of such election.
 
 
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD89004-01-9
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