A08657 Summary:

BILL NOA08657
 
SAME ASSAME AS S07627
 
SPONSORSimpson
 
COSPNSR
 
MLTSPNSR
 
Amd 8-600, El L
 
Requires the county seat in Warren county to have at least one polling place designated for early voting.
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A08657 Floor Votes:

There are no votes for this bill in this legislative session.
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A08657 Memo:

NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION
submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
 
BILL NUMBER: A8657
 
SPONSOR: Simpson
  TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the election law, in relation to requiring the county seat in Warren county to have at least one polling place designated for early voting   PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: This bill would permit Warren County to continue siting its early voting polls at the county complex.   SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: : Section 1- Amends paragraph (b) of Subdivision 2 of section 8-600 of the election law. Section 2 -Provides effective date   JUSTIFICATION: There is broad bipartisan consensus that the implementation of the early voting laws under chapter 781 of 2021 would ultimately reduce access to early voting throughout Warren County. In August 2021, the Warren County board voted unanimously to seek an "exemption" from the then-proposed amendments to the election law requiring polling sites within a "city" if the county has one. Both county election commissioners, Republican and Democrat, support the exclusion of the county from the "city" provision. Warren County has one city, Glens Falls, which is located less than six miles from the current polling site at Warren County Municipal Center in Queensbury. Queensbury is the largest municipality within the county. Its 30,000 residents constitute about 45 percent of the county's total population. There are few viable locations within city limits with the. space, parking, security and access to public transport required to house an early voting site, the mayor of Glens Falls wrote recently. The county municipal center is located on the public bus route, has ample parking and is the logical location for early voting.   PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New Bill   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS FOR STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS: None   EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect April 1, 2022 and shall apply to any general, primary, run-off primary, or special election held thereafter.
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A08657 Text:



 
                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                          8657
 
                   IN ASSEMBLY
 
                                    January 10, 2022
                                       ___________
 
        Introduced  by M. of A. SIMPSON -- read once and referred to the Commit-
          tee on Election Law
 
        AN ACT to amend the election law, in relation to  requiring  the  county
          seat  in  Warren  county to have at least one polling place designated
          for early voting
 
          The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and  Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:

     1    Section  1.  Paragraph  (b)  of  subdivision 2 of section 8-600 of the
     2  election law, as amended by chapter 781 of the laws of 2021, is  amended
     3  to read as follows:
     4    (b)  The  largest  city  in  the county or, if there is no city in the
     5  county, the municipality with the  highest  population  in  each  county
     6  based  on  the  latest  federal  decennial census, or the county seat in
     7  Washington county, or the county seat in Warren county,  shall  have  at
     8  least  one  polling place designated for early voting, and to the extent
     9  practicable if such  city  or  municipality  has  public  transportation
    10  routes,  such  polling place shall be situated along such transportation
    11  routes.
    12    § 2. This act shall take effect April 1, 2022 and shall apply  to  any
    13  general, primary, run-off primary, or special election held thereafter.
 
 
 
 

         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD14129-01-1
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