Election law is a complex byzantine of rules and regulations at every level of government. Election law in New York State is only further complicated by the many levels of government that exist as governing authorities. “There are 1607 general purpose local governments in New York State, each with its own governing body and taxing authority.”*
To start to familiarize yourself with New York State election law, you can start at the New York State Board of Elections website: http://www.elections.ny.gov/. The New York State Board of Elections has a page specifically devoted to setting forth the New York statutes and regulations in effect for this upcoming election day: http://www.elections.ny.gov/ElectionLaw.html At this website, you can find:
- A copy of New York State 2013 Election Law, current through Laws 2012, Chapter 504, together with selected provisions of the New York State Constitution and rules and regulations: http://www.elections.ny.gov/NYSBOE/downloa/law/2013NYElectionLaw.pdf
- Formal Opinions of the NY State Board of Elections, 1974 to Present: http://www.elections.ny.gov/NYSBOE/download/law/Opinions07292013.pdf
- Advisory Opinions of the NY State Board of Elections: http://www.elections.ny.gov/NYSBOE/download/law/advisory.pdf
You can, of course, explore more about election law in subscription databases, but free resources are great to know about and keep handy. Check back soon for our next blog post to highlight resources on this topic.
In the meantime, keep calm and read on.
* NYS Government. NYS Division of Local Government Services. Retrieved October 28, 2013, from http://www.dos.ny.gov/lg/localgovs.html