|SAME AS||SAME AS S07597|
|COSPNSR||D'Urso, Rosenthal D, Buchwald, Pheffer Amato, Rozic, Cymbrowitz, Fahy, O'Donnell, Simon, Taylor, Weinstein, Weprin, De La Rosa, Dinowitz|
|Amd §4-117, El L|
|Requires that a primary will not be held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in September; any written communication to voters by mail shall contain a conspicuous notice in all capital letters and bold font notifying the voter of the primary date change; moves the date of the 2018 fall primary to Thursday, September 13.|
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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: A8917A SPONSOR: Carroll
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the election law, in relation to communications to voters by mail; to require the 2018 fall primary be held on Thursday, September 13, 2018 and the political calendar be adjusted accordingly; and providing for the repeal of certain provisions upon expiration thereof   PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: To ensure that all New Yorkers who choose to, are able participate in the electoral process.   SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Section one of this bill provides that the primary election shall be held on Thursday September 13, 2018 and the political calendar shall be adjusted accordingly. Section two of this bill amends § 8-100(1) to require the voter mail check to include conspicuous notice, in all capital letters and bold font notifying the voter of the primary date. Section three is the effective date (immediately), including the repeal of section 1 of this act on December 31, 2018.   JUSTIFICATION: In 2018, the September primary is scheduled take place on Tuesday, September 11th. This date coincides with the second day of the Jewish holiday Rosh Hashanah. Because of certain restrictions associated with Rosh Hashanah this date could be problematic for observant Jews who wish to participate in the primary election. The date also marks the 17th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks - an anniversary that many New Yorkers choose to solemnly observe. In order to ensure that all New Yorkers who choose to, are able participate in the electoral proc- ess, it is recommended that the primary date be moved to September 13th.   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS TO THE STATE: Minimal.   LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New bill   EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately, provided, however, that section 1 of this bill shall expire December 31, 2018.
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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 8917--A R. R. 1 IN ASSEMBLY January 8, 2018 ___________ Introduced by M. of A. CARROLL, D'URSO, D. ROSENTHAL, BUCHWALD, PHEFFER AMATO, ROZIC -- read once and referred to the Committee on Election Law -- reported and referred to the Committee on Rules -- amended on the special order of third reading, ordered reprinted as amended, retaining its place on the special order of third reading AN ACT to amend the election law, in relation to communications to voters by mail; to require the 2018 fall primary be held on Thursday, September 13, 2018 and the political calendar be adjusted accordingly; 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. Notwithstanding the provisions of paragraph (a) of subdivi- 2 sion 1 of section 8-100 of the election law, the 2018 fall primary shall 3 be held on Thursday, September 13, 2018, and the political calendar 4 shall be adjusted accordingly. 5 § 2. Subdivision 1 of section 4-117 of the election law, as amended by 6 chapter 44 of the laws of 2016, is amended to read as follows: 7 1. The board of elections, between August first and August fifth of 8 each year, shall send by mail on which is endorsed such language desig- 9 nated by the state board of elections to ensure postal authorities do 10 not forward such mail but return it to the board of elections with 11 forwarding information, when it cannot be delivered as addressed and 12 which contains a request that any such mail received for persons not 13 residing at the address be dropped back in the mail, a communication, in 14 a form approved by the state board of elections, to every registered 15 voter who has been registered without a change of address since the 16 beginning of such year, except that the board of elections shall not be 17 required to send such communications to voters in inactive status. The 18 communication shall notify the voter of the days and hours of the ensu- 19 ing primary and general elections, the place where he appears by his 20 registration records to be entitled to vote, the fact that voters who 21 have moved or will have moved from the address where they were last 22 registered must re-register or, that if such move was to another address EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD14137-02-8A. 8917--A 2 1 in the same county or city, that such voter may either notify the board 2 of elections of his new address or vote by paper ballot at the polling 3 place for his new address even if such voter has not re-registered, or 4 otherwise notified the board of elections of the change of address. If 5 the primary will not be held on the first Tuesday after the second 6 Monday in September, the communication shall contain a conspicuous 7 notice in all capital letters and bold font notifying the voter of the 8 primary date. If the location of the polling place for the voter's 9 election district has been moved, the communication shall contain the 10 following legend in bold type: "YOUR POLLING PLACE HAS BEEN CHANGED. YOU 11 NOW VOTE AT..........". The communication shall also indicate whether 12 the polling place is accessible to physically disabled voters, that a 13 voter who will be out of the city or county on the day of the primary or 14 general election or a voter who is ill or physically disabled may obtain 15 an absentee ballot, that a physically disabled voter whose polling place 16 is not accessible may request that his registration record be moved to 17 an election district which has a polling place which is accessible, the 18 phone number to call for applications to move a registration record or 19 for absentee ballot applications, the phone number to call for the 20 location of registration and polling places, the phone number to call to 21 indicate that the voter is willing to serve on election day as an 22 election inspector, poll clerk, interpreter or in other capacities, the 23 phone number to call to obtain an application for registration by mail, 24 and such other information concerning the elections or registration as 25 the board may include. In lieu of sending such communication to every 26 registered voter, the board of elections may send a single communication 27 to a household containing more than one registered voter, provided that 28 the names of all such voters appear as part of the address on such 29 communication. 30 § 3. This act shall take effect immediately; provided, however, that 31 section one of this act shall expire on December 31, 2018 when upon such 32 date the provisions of such section shall be deemed repealed.