Election legislation roundup: New York State Senate

As of Oct. 1, Ballotpedia has tracked 166 election-related bills in the New York State Senate since the beginning of the year. Of the 166, Ballotpedia tracked two from Sept. 25-Oct. 1. Democrats sponsored one, while Republicans sponsored the other. The two bills are below:   

  • NY S05965: Relates to providing notice of voting rights to persons released from local jails, Sen. Jamaal Bailey (D).
    • As introduced, this bill requires a chief administrative officer of a local corrections facility to distribute to every 18 year old and older released from the facility information on their voting rights and a voter registration form. If the person declines to register to vote, the officer must note the person’s decision.
  • NY S07661: Adds impersonation of board of elections members or other election officers, or an employee thereof, to the crime of criminal impersonation in the first degree, Sens. George Borrello (R), Joseph Griffo (R), Peter Oberacker (R), Anthony Palumbo (R), Steven Rhoads (R), Daniel Stec (R), and Mark Walczyk (R).
    • As introduced, this bill adds impersonation of an election official or employee to the definition of the crime of criminal impersonation in the first degree.

During the week of Sept. 25-Oct. 1, Ballotpedia tracked nine Senate election-related bills nationally. As of Oct. 1, Ballotpedia has tracked 1,184 Senate bills nationally. Ballotpedia tracked the most Senate bills this year in the New York State Senate with 166, while Ballotpedia tracked the fewest Senate bills in the Vermont State Senate with two.

As of Oct. 1, Ballotpedia has tracked 540 Senate bills in Democratic trifectas and 475 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 169 Senate bills in states where neither party holds trifecta control.

The New York Senate was scheduled to be in regular session from Jan. 4 to June 8 this year. In 2022, Ballotpedia tracked 171 Senate bills related to election administration. Ten of these bills passed both chambers and all were enacted into law. New York is a Democratic trifecta. 

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