Wednesday, March 22, 2017

NYS BOE Releases 2017 Legislative Priorities

The New York State Board of Elections (BOE) agreed to a 2017 NYSBOE Legislative Agenda on March 13th. Thirteen of the Twenty-Two Proposals are carried forward from 2016 and there are Nine New items.

The following is a brief description of the State Board of Elections Legislative Proposals to address the Administration of Elections for 2017.

SBOE 17-01 Election Day Start Time for Poll Workers: Requires Poll Workers to arrive at the Poll site one hour prior to the opening of the Polls on Election Day.

SBOE 17-02 Elimi11ation of Party Emblem: Removes the requirement to put the Party Emblem on the Ballot allowing the County Boards more flexibility in Ballot design.

SBOE 17-03 Removes Petitioning for LIPA Trustee: LIPA Trustees are now Appointed and not Elected. This would eliminate the need to file Petitions for such position.

SBOE 17-04 Eliminates Need to Publish Candidate Residences: Eliminates requirement to publish Candidate Residence Addresses in certain Advertisements.

SBOE 17-05 Publication of Election Results: This Bill would eliminate the outdated and costly requirement that Certified Election Results be printed in certain Legal Ads.

SBOE 17-06 Publication bv Advertising Website Notice: Certain newspaper publication requirements are satisfied by advertising where to find the notice on the Board's website, provided the Board of Elections upon request will also provide the information by Mail or other means.

SBOE 17-07 Treasurer Compliance Training: New Treasurers must complete a three hour course on Compliance, and there is a biennial update requirement for all Treasurers. Remedial training may be ordered in certain circumstances.

SBOE 17-08 Poll Worker Shift Flexibility: The Statute currently allows "half day" shifts. This Legislation will allow Local Boards at their option to authorize shorter or longer "split" shifts.

SBOE 17-09 Campaign Website P11blication: Requires Boards to publish Directory of Candidate websites as provided by the Candidates.

SBOE 17-10 Local Campaign Finance Filers to State Board: Local Boards of Election will no longer be required to receive Campaign Finance filings for certain Local Committees.

SBOE 17-11 Authorizes Election District Increase to Two Thousand Voters and Permits Parties to Apportiona11y Number of Committee Persons: Election Districts allowed to be 2,000 and Party Committees can decide number and how to apportion Members of County committees to avoid any loss of Membership.

SBOE 17-12 Elimination of Duplicate Electronic Fili11gs: Upon meeting certain Disclosure and Publication criteria, a Campaign Finance Board Filing for a Candidate may be deemed to meet the State Reporting Requirement.

SBOE 17-13 Clarification of Local Proposition Filing Requirements: Clarifies State Board of Elections does not approve Local Proposition abstracts and requires Filing of Local Propositions earlier to ensure orderly inclusion on the Ballot.

SBOE 17-14 Multiple Vacancies For Same Office: When an Office is on the Ballot to fill both a Vacancy for the remainder of the Current Year as well as a new Term, the Office will appear only once on the Primary Ballot and General Election Ballot.

SBOE 17-15 New Party Names: New Parties must file a Certificate setting out their Name no later than the last day of February after the Election at which the Party obtains ballot status.

SBOE 17-16 Alternative Poll Site Organization: Permits Boards of Elections to adopt alternative Poll Site Staffing plans to more efficiently Administer Elections.

SBOE 17-17 Poll Watcher Appointment: Clarifies entities eligible to appoint Watchers at an Election by making the current Statute more readable and unambiguous.

SBOE 17-18 Election Day a Non Instruction Day at Schools: To make Schools more accessible as Polling Sites, provides that Schools will not schedule Regular Instruction on the day of the General Elections.

SBOE 1 7-19 Voting Systems Use: Provides that Boards of Elections shall whenever possible make Voting Equipment available to Municipalities conducting Elections, and empowers Boards to Charge Expenses against such Municipalities.

SBOE 17-20 Village Caucuses Relating To Elections Held in November: Clarifies Statute to ensure there is no Legal ambiguity as to the ability of Parties to use Caucuses in the same manner available to Towns for the purpose of making Village Nominations.

SBOE 17-21 Training for New Election Officials: Requires New Election Officials receive introductory Training and an annual Update not to exceed three hours.

SBOE 17-22 Repeal of Election Law 2-126: Repeals Election Law § 2-126 because the Provision has been declared Unconstitutional.

CLICK HERE to read the 108 page full description of these legislative proposals.

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