2010 New York Code
ELN - Election
Title 1 - (3-100 - 3-110) STATEWIDE PROVISIONS
3-102 - State board of elections; general powers and duties.

§  3-102.  State  board  of  elections;  general powers and duties. In
  addition to the enforcement powers  and  any  other  powers  and  duties
  specified  by law, the state board of elections shall have the power and
  duty to:
    1. issue instructions and promulgate rules and regulations relating to
  the administration of the election process, election campaign  practices
  and campaign financing practices consistent with the provisions of law;
    2. visit boards of elections, examine their procedures and records and
  direct  that  any  such  procedures be modified in any manner consistent
  with the provisions of this chapter;
    3. conduct any investigation necessary to carry out the provisions  of
  this chapter;
    4. conduct private or public hearings;
    5.  administer oaths or affirmations, subpoena witnesses, compel their
  attendance, examine them under  oath  or  affirmation  and  require  the
  production  of  any  books,  records, documents or other evidence it may
  deem relevant or material;
    6. confer immunity in accordance with the provisions of section  50.20
  of  the  criminal  procedure  law,  in any investigation relating to any
  crime or offense  with  respect  to  which,  by  express  provisions  of
  statute,  a  competent  authority  is  authorized  to  confer  immunity;
  provided, however, that such immunity shall be conferred only after  the
  attorney  general  and  appropriate  district  attorney are afforded the
  opportunity to be heard respecting any objections which either may  have
  to  the  conferring  thereof;  and provided, further, that if either the
  attorney general or any such appropriate district attorney shall  object
  to  the  conferring  of  immunity,  immunity  may  be  conferred only by
  unanimous vote of all four commissioners of the state board;
    7. institute, or  direct  a  board  of  elections  to  institute  such
  judicial  proceedings as may be necessary to enforce compliance with any
  provision  of  article  fourteen  of  this  chapter  or  any  regulation
  promulgated  thereunder  including,  but not limited to, application, on
  notice served upon the respondent in the manner directed by the court at
  least six hours prior to the time of return thereon, to a justice of the
  supreme court within the judicial district in which an alleged violation
  of any such provision or regulation occurred or is  threatened,  for  an
  order  prohibiting  the continued or threatened violation thereof or for
  such other or further relief as the court may deem just and proper;
    8. prepare uniform  forms  for  the  statements  required  by  article
  fourteen  of  this  chapter  and uniform forms for use by local election
  officials in the conduct of registration and voting; design, prepare and
  make  available  to  county  boards  of  election  and  to  such   other
  institutions  and groups as such board in its discretion shall determine
  uniform application forms for registration and enrollment,  transfer  of
  registration  and/or  enrollment and special enrollment upon application
  filed by mail pursuant to  the  provisions  of  section  5-210  of  this
    9.  study and examine the administration of elections within the state
  including campaign financing, campaign financing reporting, and campaign
    9-A. (a)  develop  an  electronic  reporting  system  to  process  the
  statements   of   campaign   receipts,   contributions,   transfers  and
  expenditures required to be filed with any board of  elections  pursuant
  to the provisions of sections 14-102 and 14-104 of this chapter;
    (b)  prescribe the information required in the form for each statement
  to be filed;
    (c) establish a training program on the electronic  reporting  process
  and make it available to any such candidate or committee;

(d)  make  the  electronic  reporting  process  available  to any such
  candidate or committee which is required to file or which agrees to file
  such statements by such electronic reporting process;
    (e) cause all information contained in such a statement filed with the
  state  board  of  elections  which  is  not on such electronic reporting
  system to be entered into such system as soon as practicable but  in  no
  event  later than ten business days after its receipt by the state board
  of elections; and
    (f) make all data from electronic reporting process available  at  all
  times on the internet.
    10.   establish   rules   allowing   the   admission   of  news  media
  representatives to the area of the polling place where  the  canvass  of
  ballots cast can be directly observed;
    11.  recommend such legislation or administrative measures as it finds
  appropriate  to  promote  fair,  honest  and  efficiently   administered
  elections,  including,  but  not  limited  to, legislation to adjust the
  contribution limitations set forth in article fourteen of this chapter;
    12. monitor the adequacy and effectiveness of the  election  laws  and
  report thereon at least annually to the governor and the legislature;
    13.  compile the information required with respect to the operation of
  the National Voter Registration Act and report such information annually
  to the governor, the legislature and  the  Federal  Election  Commission
  together  with  an  assessment  of  the  operation  of  such act and any
  recommendations for changes and improvements.
    14. take all appropriate steps  to  encourage  the  broadest  possible
  voter  participation  in  elections  including  the  administration of a
  program  of  registration  form  distribution  by  participating   state
  agencies as prescribed by section 5-211 of this chapter;
    15.  receive  from  the  secretary  of the senate and the clerk of the
  assembly a list of the mailing addresses of senators and members of  the
  assembly.  When members of the public, government officials, or agencies
  request the mailing addresses of senators and members of  the  assembly,
  the  mailing  addresses  submitted  to the board by the secretary of the
  senate and the clerk of the assembly shall be provided;
    16. administer the administrative complaint procedure as provided  for
  in section 3-105 of this article;
    16-a. provide the department of correctional services and the division
  of  parole with a sufficient number of voter registration forms to allow
  the department of correctional services and the division  of  parole  to
  comply with the duty to provide such voter registration forms to persons
  upon  the  expiration  of  their  maximum sentence of imprisonment. Such
  voter registration forms shall  be  addressed  to  the  state  board  of
    17.  perform  such  other  acts  as  may be necessary to carry out the
  purposes of this chapter.

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