Election legislation roundup: New York State Assembly

As of May 21, Ballotpedia has tracked 171 election-related bills in the New York State Assembly since the beginning of the year. Of the 171, Ballotpedia tracked 12 from May 15-21. Democrats sponsored 10, while a bipartisan group of legislators sponsored two. Five of 12 bills are below: 

  • NY A07147: Relates to making electronic ballot images and cast vote records public records of the board of elections upon request, Assembly Member Dana Levenberg (D).
    • As introduced, this bill requires the state board of elections to copy the electronic images of cast ballots and the cast vote records from removable memory cards or other similar electronic media no later than one week after an election and make them public records available upon request.
  • NY A06926: Relates to the calculation of voting power for committee members in districts that have changed or new districts since the last preceding gubernatorial election, Assembly Member Amy Paulin (D).
    • States the county committee of each party is composed of at least two members and such additional members as the rules of the county committee of the party within the county may provide for such district.
    • Provides that in counties without additional members, each member’s voting power is proportional to their party vote, or to the party vote in their district multiplied by the percent of registered voters from their former district.
    • Provides that in counties with additional members, each member shall have one vote and be an enrolled voter of the party residing in the county and the assembly district from which or containing the election district in which such member is elected.
  • NY A07106: Enacts the “political artificial intelligence disclaimer (PAID) act”; requires political communications and legislation that use synthetic media to disclose that they were created with the assistance of artificial intelligence, click hyperlinked bill to see all sponsors.
    • As introduced, this bill provides that any political communication that was produced by, or includes, any synthetic media shall be required to disclose the use of such synthetic media. The disclosure shall be printed or typed in an appropriate legible form to read as follows: “This political communication was created with the assistance of artificial intelligence.”
  • NY A06764: Ensures that boards of elections provide adequate notice to each voter before and after a board cancels the voter’s registration or places such voter in inactive status, Assembly Members Brian Cunningham (D) and Amy Paulin (D).
    • As introduced, this bill requires boards of elections to notify a voter before and after it cancels the voter’s registration or puts their registration in invalid status. The board also must explain the reason why a cancellation or a move to invalid status is occurring.
  • NY A07241: Establishes a notarial recordkeeping and reporting exemption for acts relating to the designation and nomination of candidates, Assembly Members Charles Lavine (D), Monica Wallace (D), Joshua Jensen (R), Michael Norris (R), and Samuel Pirozzolo (R).
    • As introduced, this bill provides a notarial recordkeeping and reporting exemption for the nomination of candidates.

During the week of May 15-21, Ballotpedia tracked 31 House election-related bills nationally. As of May 21, Ballotpedia has tracked 1,399 House bills nationally. Ballotpedia tracked the most House bills this year in the Texas House of Representatives with 173, while Ballotpedia tracked the fewest House bills in Massachusetts and Ohio with one.

As of May 21, Ballotpedia has tracked 633 House bills in Democratic trifectas and 602 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 164 House bills in states where neither party holds trifecta control.

The New York Assembly 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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