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Election Law

Absentee Voting

A.8277-A (AM Kavanagh) / S.5028-B (Sen. Addabbo) - would remove limitations on voting by absentee ballot that are required by the constitution. (2009/2010 Legislative Sessions)

  • Report by the Election Law Committee "Instituting No-Excuse Absentee Voting in New York", May 2010.
  • Press Release: "New York City Bar Urges Institution of No-Excuse Absentee Voting in New York", June 18, 2010

Filing Fees

Proposal by the Election Law Committee for a filing fee alternative for ballot access, July 2010.

Primary Elections in New York

A.8198 (Speaker Silver) / S.6204 (Sen. Stewart-Cousins) - would establish a single day, the fourth Tuesday in June, for primary elections in New York for both federal and state offices and party positions.

  • Report by the Election Law Committee in support of legislation, Reissued January 2014.


A.5271 (AM Galef) / S.3331 (Sen. Bonacic) - proposes a constitutional amendment to create a non-partisan apportionment commission.

  • Report on legislation by the Election Law Committee, September 2011.


Testimony of the Election Law Committee at the New York State Senate Public Hearing on Redistricting, December 14, 2010.


"A Proposed New York State Constitutional Amendment to Emancipate Redistricting from Partisan Gerrymanders: Partisanship Channeled for Fair Line-Drawing", March 2007.

Succession Procedures

Letter from the Election Law Committee to the Governor’s Office urging reforms to the succession rules in New York State, July 2008.



For a full list of committee reports, click here.