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Law

NY Senate 8796A

Notary Law Update: NY Senate 8796A

State: New York

Summary:

Senate 8796A authorizes certain party designations and nominations to be acknowledged or sworn remotely pursuant to Executive Order 202.7 using communication technology.

Signed:  August 21, 2020

Effective:  August 21, 2020

Chapter: 142

Affects:
Amends Election Law Section 6-100.Changes:
  1. Provides that all party designations and nominations, except for a primary election, may be made via video teleconference upon notice to the members of the respective committee by mail, email, text or telephone call at least twelve hours before such meeting.
  2. Provides that certificates of designation or nomination, minutes, authorizations and/or acceptances may be executed in separate acts by the signatories thereto and where acknowledgments or oaths are required, they may be performed or administered remotely and pursuant to Executive Order 202.7 allowing notarizations to be performed using communication technology.
Analysis:

The purpose of this bill is to allow for nominations and designations through virtual meetings via video teleconference. Under the current election law, nomination and designations are not allowed to hold meetings via video teleconference. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, people are not able to gather in large groups until the Governor has authorized it is safe to do so. Where notarizations of these designations and nominations are required, the bill allows them to be performed under the provisions of the Governor’s Executive Order 202.7. While the bill takes effect immediately, it is repealed on December 31, 2020.

Read the bill text.

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