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S 253 - Prohibits Voiding Absentee Ballots on Technicalities - New York Key Vote

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Title: Prohibits Voiding Absentee Ballots on Technicalities

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that prohibits voiding absentee ballots on technicalities where the intent of the voter is clear.

Highlights:

 

  • Specifies in cases where the express intent of the voter is unambiguous, any stray marks or writing shall not be a basis for voiding a ballot (Sec. 1).

  • Amends existing election laws to include the following (Sec. 1-2):

    • An absentee ballot may only be voided if the express intent of the voter is not clear and he or she has not otherwise substantially complied with the requirements of this chapter; and

    • An absentee ballot shall not be voided where the voter did not date the ballot envelope or the date on the ballot is after the election if the ballot envelope bears a timestamp indicating it was timely mailed in accordance with this article.

Title: Prohibits Voiding Absentee Ballots on Technicalities

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