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A00590 Summary:

BILL NOA00590
 
SAME ASNo Same As
 
SPONSORStirpe
 
COSPNSR
 
MLTSPNSR
 
Amd 1-104 & 3-102, El L
 
Relates to providing timely written notice of closed primary party rules to newly registered voters; defines the terms "newly registered voter" and "written notice" and sets out what information the board of elections is required to provide to newly registered voters about closed primaries.
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A00590 Actions:

BILL NOA00590
 
01/09/2017referred to election law
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A00590 Memo:

NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION
submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
 
BILL NUMBER: A590
 
SPONSOR: Stirpe
  TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the election law, in relation to providing written notice of closed primary party rules to newly regis- tered voters   PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: The purpose of this bill is to give registered voters written notice of the closed primary system in New York State in order to prevent voter disenfranchisement due to unawareness of primary election rules.   SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Provision one defines newly registered voters as any person in New York State who has registered to vote after the effective date of this act. It also provides a definition for written notice as a statement from the Commissioner of the State Board of Elections. Provision two stipulates in the election law that the board of elections, by law, must explain to newly registered voters in a timely manner what a closed primary election is, how party affiliation is related to the closed primary, and dates for which they need to enroll in a party if necessary.   JUSTIFICATION: As one of 11 states to hold a closed primary, New York has recently come into controversy due to the fact that 3 million voters could not vote in the 2016 presidential primary election. Many registered voters register unaffiliated or with a non-major party not knowing it prevents them from voting in closed primaries. By notifying newly registered voters of these party rules, the state board of elections will have done their due diligence in order to encourage more citizens to vote.   LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: A10008 of 2015-2016; Referred to Election Law   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To be determined   EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediately.
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A00590 Text:



 
                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                           590
 
                               2017-2018 Regular Sessions
 
                   IN ASSEMBLY
 
                                     January 9, 2017
                                       ___________
 
        Introduced by M. of A. STIRPE -- read once and referred to the Committee
          on Election Law
 
        AN  ACT  to  amend  the  election  law, in relation to providing written
          notice of closed primary party rules to newly registered voters
 
          The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and  Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:

     1    Section  1. Section 1-104 of the election law is amended by adding two
     2  new subdivisions 38 and 39 to read as follows:
     3    38. The term "newly registered voter" means any person in the state of
     4  New York who has registered to vote after the  effective  date  of  this
     5  subdivision.
     6    39.  The term "written notice" means a statement from the commissioner
     7  of the state board of elections.
     8    § 2. Section 3-102 of the election law is  amended  by  adding  a  new
     9  subdivision 16-b to read as follows:
    10    16-b.  provide  to  newly  registered  voters,  in a timely manner, an
    11  explanation as to what a closed primary election is,  how  party  affil-
    12  iation  is related to said closed primary, and dates for which they need
    13  to enroll in a party, if necessary.
    14    § 3. This act shall take effect immediately.
 
 
 
 
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD04730-01-7
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