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A04182 Summary:

BILL NOA04182
 
SAME ASSAME AS S00365
 
SPONSORRosenthal L
 
COSPNSR
 
MLTSPNSR
 
Amd §§8-300 & 17-130, El L
 
Allows voters to take photographs of themselves and their ballot, or absentee ballot, while in a privacy booth, and to share and disseminate such photographs on social media.
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A04182 Actions:

BILL NOA04182
 
02/01/2021referred to election law
01/05/2022referred to election law
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A04182 Memo:

NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION
submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
 
BILL NUMBER: A4182
 
SPONSOR: Rosenthal L
  TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the election law, in relation to allowing voters to take photographs of themselves and their ballots while voting   PURPOSE: This bill removes the prohibition against voters taking photographs of their ballots at the polls.   SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Section one amends Section 8-300 of the election law by adding a new subdivision 4. Section two amends Subdivisions 10 and 11 of section 17-130 of the election law. Section three sets forth the effective date.   JUSTIFICATION: Social media has revolutionized the way that society does everything. From Facebook and Twitter to Snapchat and Instagram, people of all ages regularly utilize a number of social media platforms to promote a varie- ty of content. This is especially true during election season when voters often take and post "ballot selfies" to their personal social media accounts. Currently 18 states prohibit voters from taking photographs of their ballots. New York's prohibition originated as a protection against voter coercion, when employers frequently coerced their employees to vote for or against a particular candidate. This bill removes the prohibition against ballot photographs, but it maintains the protection against voter intimidation and coercion, which are punishable as misdemeanors in New York State. The bill also specifies that voters are only allowed to take photographs of themselves and their own ballots while in the priva- cy of a voting booth. Voting is singlehandedly the most important exercise in a free and demo- cratic society. Across the United States, voter turnout is notoriously low. Only 57.5% of all eligible voters nationally cast their ballot in the 2012 presidential election. Turnout was slightly worse in New York, with only 53.1% voting for president in 2012. Allowing New Yorkers to celebrate online the fact that they participated in our democracy will ultimately help increase voter turnout and participation across the State.   LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2019-20: A.1038 - Referred to Election Law; S.1105 -Referred to Elections 2017-18: A.4067 Referred to Election Law; S.5418 - Referred to Elections   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None to the State.   EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.
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