Election legislation roundup: New York State Assembly

As of March 12, Ballotpedia has tracked 135 election-related bills in the New York State Assembly  since the beginning of the year. Of the 135, Ballotpedia tracked seven from March 6-12. Democrats sponsored two, while Republicans sponsored four. A bipartisan group of legislators sponsored one bill. The seven bills are:   

  • NY A05280: Authorizes electronic submission of absentee ballots, Assembly Member Harvey Epstein (D). 
  • NY A05292: Relates to the number of signatures needed on certain designating petitions and independent nominations for town council districts, Assembly Members Gina Silletti (D) and Harvey Epstein (D).
  • NY A05271: Authorizes the governing body or agency of a public school building to reject a designation as a polling place or an early polling place, Assembly Member Michael Norris (R).
  • NY A05277: Relates to the notification of county boards of elections of an individual’s death and the subsequent removal of such voter’s name from the applicable registration roll, Assembly Member Edward Flood (R).
  • NY A05293: Changes the early voting period for general, primary, run-off primary and special elections for public office or party position; maintains the current early voting period for general elections in a year in which electors of president and vice president of the United States are to be elected, Assembly Member Michael Norris (R).
  • NY A05087: Requires the county seat in Steuben county to have at least one polling place designated for early voting, Assembly Member Philip Palmesano (R).
    • As introduced, this bill requires the county seat of Steuben County to have at least one polling place designated for early voting.
  • NY A05057: Relates to the dates to file a designating petition; provides for the repeal of such provisions, Assembly Members Stacey Pheffer Amato (D), Alex Bores (D), Edward Braunstein (D), Monique Chandler-Waterman (D), Jeffrey Dinowitz (D), Simcha Eichenstein (D), Edward Gibbs (D), Jessica Gonzalez-Rojas (D), Rodneyse Bichotte Hermelyn (D), Andrew Hevesi (D), Anna Kelles (D), Charles Lavine (D), Grace Lee (D), Dana Levenberg (D), Amy Paulin (D), Steven Raga (D), David Rosenthal (D), Nily Rozic (D), Rebecca Seawright (D), Amanda Septimo (D), Tony Simone (D), Steve Stern (D), Latrice Walker (D), David Weprin (D), John Zaccaro (D), and Edward Ra (R).
    • As introduced, this bill requires a designating petition be filed no earlier than the Wednesday before and no later than the Monday before the primary election.

During the week of March 6-12, Ballotpedia tracked 45 House election-related bills nationally. As of March 12, Ballotpedia has tracked 990 House bills nationally. Ballotpedia tracked the most House bills this year in the New York State Assembly with 135, while Ballotpedia tracked the fewest House bills in Louisiana, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania with zero. 

As of March 12, Ballotpedia has tracked 557 House bills in Democratic trifectas and 335 House bills in Republican trifectas. A trifecta is when one political party holds the governorship and majorities in both chambers of the state legislature. Ballotpedia has tracked 98 House bills in states where neither party holds trifecta control. 

The New York House is scheduled to be in session from Jan. 4 to June 8 this year. In 2022, Ballotpedia tracked 226 House bills related to election administration. Seven of these bills passed both chambers and five were enacted into law. New York is a Democratic trifecta.

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