Walker Voting Rights “Pre-clearance” Bill Passes Assembly

Assembly Member Latrice Walker’s legislation to require pre-clearance of certain voting rights related procedures  by boards of elections (A.10712) was passed by the State Assembly and sent to the State Senate for consideration.

The bill would establish a pre-clearance process where counties meeting specific criteria would have to pre-clear requested voting policy changes with the state Attorney General prior to implementation.

New York, Kings and The Bronx would automatically be covered by this bill because they were “covered” counties under Section 5 of  the federal Voting Rights Act prior to the Shelby decision. Other counties with minority populations over 10% (as defined by federal law) and those  subject to court orders based on discriminatory voting actions would be covered. Laws passed by the legislature would not require pre-clearance.

The Senate has not scheduled action on the legislation.











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