Election legislation roundup: New York State Assembly

As of May 28, Ballotpedia has tracked 178 election-related bills in the New York State Assembly since the beginning of the year. Of the 178, Ballotpedia tracked three from May 22-28. Democrats sponsored all three bills. The three bills are:   

  • NY A07454: Provides that a manual recount shall not apply to a political party designating or nominating candidates for the first time, to candidates nominated by party caucus, nor to candidates for judicial offices, Assembly Member Inez Dickens (D). 
    • As introduced, this bill provides that a manual recount does not apply to parties nominating candidates for the first time, candidates nominated by party caucus, and candidates for judicial office. 
  • NY A07431: Adjusts the effective date of the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Act of New York to July 1, 2023, Assembly Member Latrice Walker (D).
    • As introduced, this bill provides that the John Lewis Voting Rights Act will take effect on July 1, 2023, instead of one year after it becomes law.
  • NY A05180: Requires local boards of education, BOCES, charter schools and non public schools to adopt policies to promote student voter registration and pre-registration, including procedures for providing access to voter registration and pre-registration applications during the school year and assistance with filing such applications and informing students of the state requirements for voter registration and pre-registration, Assembly Members William Colton (D), William Conrad (D), Taylor Darling (D), Jeffrey Dinowitz (D), Phara Souffrant Forrest (D), Aileen Gunther (D), Andrew Hevesi (D), Chantel Jackson (D), Jonathan Jacobson (D), Karen McMahon (D), Steven Otis (D), Linda Rosenthal (D), Rebecca Seawright (D), Amanda Septimo (D), Gina Sillitti (D), Jo Anne Simon (D), Phillip Steck (D), Fred Thiele (D), Monica Wallace (D), and Stefani Zinerman (D).
    • As amended, this bill requires local boards of education for cooperative educational services, charter schools, and non public schools to promote voter registration and pre-registration, and specifies required actions.

During the week of May 22-28, Ballotpedia tracked 14 House election-related bills nationally. As of May 28, Ballotpedia has tracked 1,398 House bills nationally. Ballotpedia tracked the most House bills this year in the Texas House of Representatives with 184, while Ballotpedia tracked the fewest House bills in Massachusetts and Ohio with one. 

As of May 28, Ballotpedia has tracked 617 House bills in Republican trifectas and 613 House bills in Democrat trifectas. A trifecta is when one political party holds the governorship and majorities in both chambers of the state legislature. Ballotpedia has tracked 168 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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