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File #: Res 0719-2019    Version: * Name: Declare Election Day, the Tuesday following the first Monday in November, a state holiday.
Type: Resolution Status: Committee
Committee: Committee on Governmental Operations
On agenda: 1/24/2019
Enactment date: Law number:
Title: Resolution calling on the New York State legislature to pass, and the Governor sign, legislation that would declare Election Day, the Tuesday following the first Monday in November, a state holiday.
Sponsors: Fernando Cabrera , Andy L. King, Antonio Reynoso, Brad S. Lander, Robert E. Cornegy, Jr.
Council Member Sponsors: 5
Attachments: 1. Res. No. 719, 2. January 24, 2019 - Stated Meeting Agenda with Links to Files, 3. Hearing Transcript - Stated Meeting 1-24-19

Res. No. 719

 

Resolution calling on the New York State legislature to pass, and the Governor sign, legislation that would declare Election Day, the Tuesday following the first Monday in November, a state holiday.

 

By Council Members Cabrera, King, Reynoso, Lander and Cornegy

 

Whereas, New York State Election Law allows employees to request up to two hours of paid time off to vote if they do not have sufficient time to vote during non-working hours; and

Whereas, The law defines ‘sufficient time’ as four consecutive hours between the opening of the polls and the beginning of a working shift or the end of a working shift and the close of the polls; and

Whereas, In order to benefit from this paid time off to vote, employees must anticipate the length of time they will need to vote and notify their employers no more than 10 days prior and no less than 2 days before an election day; and

Whereas, When surveyed by the U.S. Census Bureau concerning presidential elections, the most cited reason for not voting by nonvoters was being “too busy” or “having conflicting work schedules;” and

Whereas, In New York City, due to poor election administration, many voters waited for two to three hours to cast a ballot in the 2018 general election, and many more were deterred from voting because they did not have the time to wait in line at the polls; and

Whereas, It is impossible to anticipate how long it will take to vote, as New York City has not implemented early voting, and thus the entire administration of elections must occur within a 15-hour period and is susceptible to extended delays; now, therefore, be it

Resolved, that the Council of the City of New York calls on the New York State legislature to pass, and the Governor sign, legislation that would declare Election Day, the Tuesday following the first Monday in November, a state holiday.

 

LS 8940 (Cabrera), LS8976 (King)
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