Election Law Enforcement Reform | 2023 NYS Legislative Agenda

We encourage the Legislature to adopt comprehensive civil penalties for all Election Law violations, to streamline administrative enforcement procedures, as well as to provide more transparency in the reporting of enforcement activity. Moreover, the current state Board of Elections (BOE) consists of four members, two Democrats and two Republicans, and most Board employees involved in the registration and election process are chosen by those two parties.  As a result of this governance structure, the BOE is virtually always at an impasse and, therefore, unable to act effectively.  The two-party system for Board members and employees should be abolished and the Board should become a five-member, non-partisan board.