Election legislation roundup: New York State Senate

As of March 12, Ballotpedia has tracked 120 election-related bills in the New York State Senate since the beginning of the year. Of the 120, Ballotpedia tracked three from March 6-12. Democrats sponsored all three bills. The three bills are:   

  • NY S05392: Improves transparency regarding boards of elections; improves voter centricity; includes boards of elections in open meetings requirements; requires certain notices be given regarding elections; requires additional transparency during the tabulation of votes, Sen. Peter Harckham (D). 
  • NY S05546: Provides that the police commissioner of the city of New York and all other cities with a population of one hundred thousand or more shall be an elected office with a four-year term; provides that such office shall be subject to term limits of two terms, Sen. Leroy Comrie (D). 
  • NY S05547: Provides voters an opportunity to cure deficiencies regarding affidavit ballots in order to have their votes counted, Sen. Leroy Comrie (D). 

During the week of March 6-12, Ballotpedia tracked 27 Senate election-related bills nationally. As of March 12, Ballotpedia has tracked 659 Senate bills nationally. Ballotpedia tracked the most Senate bills this year in the New York State Senate with 120, while Ballotpedia tracked the fewest Senate bills in Louisiana, Massachusetts, and West Virginia with zero.  

As of March 12, Ballotpedia has tracked 356 Senate bills in Democratic trifectas and 230 Senate 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 73 Senate bills in states where neither party holds trifecta control.

The New York Senate is scheduled to be in session from Jan. 4 to June 8 this year. In 2022, Ballotpedia tracked 190 Senate bills related to election administration. Ten of these bills passed both chambers and eight were enacted into law. New York is a Democratic trifecta. 

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