Election legislation roundup: New York State Senate

As of May 14, Ballotpedia has tracked 143 election-related bills in the New York State Senate since the beginning of the year. Of the 143, Ballotpedia tracked three from May 8-14. Republicans sponsored two, while Democrats sponsored one. The three bills are below:   

  • NY S06653: Prohibits the delivery of an absentee ballot or an application therefore to an address associated with a candidate’s campaign, Sen. Andrew Lanza (R). 
    • This bill prohibits a ballot application from being mailed to a candidate’s campaign address.
  • NY S06666: Relates to no longer permitting the use of electronic absentee voting applications; repeals all provisions relating thereto, Sen. Andrew Lanza (R). 
    • This bill eliminates the possibility of requesting an absentee ballot electronically.
  • NY S06708: Authorizes the state board of elections to reject the use of voting machines or systems on the grounds that such machines or systems are not proper, safe, or secure, Sen. Leroy Comrie (D). 
    • This bill provides that the state board of elections may reject, or rescind approval, of any voting machine or system on the grounds that it is not proper, safe, or secure, notwithstanding other testing.   

During the week of May 8-14, Ballotpedia tracked five Senate election-related bills nationally. As of May 14, Ballotpedia has tracked 948 Senate bills nationally. Ballotpedia tracked the most Senate bills this year in the New York State Senate with 143, while Ballotpedia tracked the fewest Senate bills in the Massachusetts State Senate with zero.  

As of May 14, Ballotpedia has tracked 439 Senate bills in Democratic trifectas and 391 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 118 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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