2019 New York Laws
ELN - Election
Article 5 - Registration and Enrollment of Voters
Title 8 - Electronic Personal Voter Registration Process
5-804 - Failure to Provide Exemplar Signature Not to Prevent Registration.

Universal Citation: NY Elec L § 5-804 (2019)

* § 5-804. Failure to provide exemplar signature not to prevent registration. 1. If a voter registration exemplar signature is not provided by an applicant who submits a voter registration application pursuant to this title, the local board shall seek to obtain such exemplar signature from the statewide voter registration database, the state board of elections, or a state or local agency designated by section 5-211 or 5-212 of this article.

2. If such exemplar signature is not available from the statewide voter registration database, the state board of elections, or a state or local agency designated by section 5-211 or 5-212 of this article, the local board of elections shall, absent another reason to reject the application, proceed to register and, as applicable, enroll the applicant. Within ten days of such action, the board of elections shall send a standard form promulgated by the state board of elections to the voter whose record lacks an exemplar signature, requiring such voter to submit a signature for identification purposes. The voter shall submit to the board of elections a voter registration exemplar signature by any one of the following methods: in person, by mail with return postage paid provided by the board of elections, by electronic mail, or by electronic upload to the board of elections through the electronic voter registration transmittal system. If such voter does not provide the required exemplar signature, when the voter appears to vote the voter shall be entitled to vote by affidavit ballot.

* NB Effective whichever is earlier: April 12, 2021 OR 5 days after the date of certification by the state board of elections that the information technology infrastructure to substantially implement these provisions is functional


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