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A00454 Summary:

BILL NOA00454A
 
SAME ASSAME AS S04658
 
SPONSORRozic (MS)
 
COSPNSRPeoples-Stokes, Cahill, Cook, Dinowitz, Englebright, Galef, Gottfried, Vanel, Abinanti, Griffin, Jacobson, Barrett, Reyes, Colton, Cruz, Epstein, Weprin, Simon, Otis, Frontus, Seawright, Fahy, De La Rosa, Braunstein, Burdick, Thiele, Paulin, Walker, Gonzalez-Rojas, Lupardo
 
MLTSPNSRGlick
 
Amd §§4-104, 4-100 & 8-600, El L
 
Provides that whenever a contiguous property of a college or university contains three hundred or more registrants, the polling place designated for such election district shall be on such contiguous property or at a location approved by the college or university.
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A00454 Actions:

BILL NOA00454A
 
01/06/2021referred to election law
02/10/2021amend and recommit to election law
02/10/2021print number 454a
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A00454 Memo:

NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION
submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
 
BILL NUMBER: A454A
 
SPONSOR: Rozic (MS)
  TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the election law, in relation to the boundaries of election districts and the designation of polling places   PURPOSE: This bill would provide that election districts shall not be drawn in such a way that they are partly on and partly off a college Or. univer- sity campus or other contiguous college or university property with 300 or more registered voters, excluding inactive voters. It would also require that the poll sites for election districts serving such concen- trations of college or university voters shall be on the campus or college or university property, or, at a site approved by the college or university.   SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section one of the bill amends section 4-104 of the election law by adding a subdivision 5-a. Section one provides that whenever a contig- uous property of a college or university contains 300 or more regis- trants, (excluding registrants in inactive status), who are registered to vote at an address on such a contiguous college or university proper- ty, the polling place for such registrant shall be on such property or at a location approved by the college or university. Section two of the bill amends paragraph (a) of subdivision 3 of section 47100 of the election law to add contiguous properties of colleges and universities with 300 or more registered voters, (excluding registrants in inactive status), to the list of geographic areas that cannot be partly in and partly out of an election district. Section three of the bill amends paragraph (a) of subdivision 2 of section 8600 of the election law. Section 3 provides that whenever. A contiguous property of a college or university contains 300 or more registrants, (excluding registrants in active status) who are registered to vote at an address on such a contiguous college or university proper- ty, the polling place for such registrant shall be on such property or at a location approved by the college or university. Section 4 of the bill sets forth the effective date.   JUSTIFICATION: This bill would provide college and university campuses, and other college and university properties with large concentrations of voters, with their own election districts and their own poll sites. This bill recognizes the fact that requiring residents of colleges and universi- ties to vote at sites remote from their campuses, or requiring voters unaffiliated with the colleges and universities to vote on campuses can present unnecessary obstacles to voting.   LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2020: A5661A (Rozic) - Third Reading 2019: A5661A (Rozic) - Third Reading 2018: A10840 (Rozic) - Election Law 2017: A05949 (Kavanagh) - Rules 2016: A02806A (Kavanagh) - Election Law 2015: A02806 (Kavanagh) - Election Law 2014: A01116A (Kavanagh) - Election Law 2013: A01116 (Kavanagh) - Election Law 2012: A02162A (Kavanagh) - On the floor 2011: A02162 (Kavanagh) - On the floor 2010: A09386A (Kavanagh) - On the floor 2009: A03430 (Bradley) - On the floor 2008: A01539 (Bradley) - On the floor 2007: A01539 (Bradley) - On the floor 2006: A00352 (Bradley) - On the floor 2005: A00352 (Bradley) - On the floor 2004: A07388 (Bradley) - On the floor 2003: A07388 (Bradley) - Election Law   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Minimal   EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on January 1, 2022.
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A00454 Text:



 
                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                         454--A
 
                               2021-2022 Regular Sessions
 
                   IN ASSEMBLY
 
                                       (Prefiled)
 
                                     January 6, 2021
                                       ___________
 
        Introduced  by  M.  of A. ROZIC, PEOPLES-STOKES, CAHILL, COOK, DINOWITZ,
          ENGLEBRIGHT, GALEF, GOTTFRIED,  VANEL,  ABINANTI,  GRIFFIN,  JACOBSON,
          BARRETT,  REYES,  COLTON, CRUZ, EPSTEIN, WEPRIN, SIMON, OTIS, FRONTUS,
          SEAWRIGHT, FAHY, DE LA ROSA, BRAUNSTEIN -- Multi-Sponsored by -- M. of
          A. GLICK, LUPARDO -- read  once  and  referred  to  the  Committee  on
          Election  Law -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted
          as amended and recommitted to said committee
 
        AN ACT to amend the election law,  in  relation  to  the  boundaries  of
          election districts and the designation of polling places
 
          The  People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
 
     1    Section 1. Section 4-104 of the election law is amended  by  adding  a
     2  new subdivision 5-a to read as follows:
     3    5-a.  Whenever  a  contiguous  property  of  a  college  or university
     4  contains three hundred or more  registrants  (excluding  registrants  in
     5  inactive  status)  who  are  registered  to  vote  at an address on such
     6  contiguous property, the polling place designated for  such  registrants
     7  shall  be  on  such contiguous property or at a location approved by the
     8  college or university.
     9    § 2. Paragraph a of subdivision 3 of section  4-100  of  the  election
    10  law,  as  amended by chapter 659 of the laws of 1994, is amended to read
    11  as follows:
    12    a. Each election district shall be in compact  form  and  may  not  be
    13  partly within and partly without a ward, town, city, a village which has
    14  five  thousand  or  more  inhabitants and is wholly within one town, the
    15  contiguous property of a college  or  university  which  contains  three
    16  hundred  or  more registrants (excluding registrants in inactive status)
    17  who are registered to vote at an address on such contiguous property, or
    18  a county legislative, assembly, senatorial  or  congressional  district.
    19  Except as provided in paragraph b of this subdivision, election district
 
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD03331-03-1

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     1  boundaries,  other  than those boundaries which are coterminous with the
     2  boundaries of those political subdivisions  and  college  or  university
     3  properties  mentioned  in this paragraph, must be streets, rivers, rail-
     4  road lines or other permanent characteristics of the landscape which are
     5  clearly  visible  to any person without the need to use any technical or
     6  mechanical device. An election district shall contain not more than nine
     7  hundred fifty registrants (excluding registrants in inactive status) or,
     8  with the approval of the county board of elections, not more than eleven
     9  hundred fifty registrants (excluding registrants  in  inactive  status),
    10  but  any  election  district  may  be divided for the convenience of the
    11  voters.
    12    § 3. Paragraph (a) of subdivision 2 of section 8-600 of  the  election
    13  law,  as  amended by chapter 344 of the laws of 2020, is amended to read
    14  as follows:
    15    (a) The board of elections shall designate polling  places  for  early
    16  voting,  which  may  include  the offices of the board of elections, for
    17  persons to vote early pursuant to this title;  provided,  however,  that
    18  the municipality with the highest population in each county based on the
    19  latest  federal  decennial  census shall have at least one polling place
    20  designated for early voting, and to the extent practicable if such muni-
    21  cipality has public transportation routes, such polling place  shall  be
    22  situated  along such transportation routes. There shall be so designated
    23  at least one early voting polling place  for  every  full  increment  of
    24  fifty  thousand registered voters in each county; provided, however, the
    25  number of early voting polling places in a county shall not be  required
    26  to  be  greater  than ten unless required by any other provision of law,
    27  and a county with fewer than fifty thousand voters shall have  at  least
    28  one  early  voting  polling place.   Whenever a contiguous property of a
    29  college  or  university  contains  three  hundred  or  more  registrants
    30  (excluding registrants in inactive status) who are registered to vote at
    31  an  address  on  such contiguous property, such contiguous property or a
    32  location approved by the college or university shall be designated as an
    33  early voting polling place.
    34    § 4.  This act shall take effect January 1, 2024.
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