The bill would require landlords to distribute voter registration forms, in multiple languages if requested, to every tenant when signing a new lease, as well as provide assistance in submission of the forms.
Date of Introduction
Int. No. 750
By Council Members Kallos, Cabrera and Constantinides
A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to requiring landlords to distribute voter registration forms.
Be it enacted by the Council as follows:
Section 1. Section 27-2005 of the administrative code of the city of New York is amended by adding a new subdivision e to read as follows:
e. (1) An owner shall furnish to each tenant signing a vacancy lease an English-language New York state voter registration form. At such a tenant's request at the time of signing a vacancy lease, an owner shall furnish a Spanish-, Chinese-, Korean-, or Bengali-language New York state voter registration form to such tenant within ten days. For the purposes of this subdivision, the term "vacancy lease" has the meaning given in section 2520.6 of title 9 of the official compilation of the codes, rules and regulations of the state of New York.
(2) An owner may provide assistance in completing a voter registration form distributed pursuant to this subdivision, if so requested. An owner may transmit any completed form that was distributed pursuant to this subdivision to the board of elections. If doing so, such owner shall transmit such form within two weeks of the receipt of such completed form, but in no event after the last day for registration to vote in an upcoming citywide election unless such completed form is received on or after such day.
§ 2. This local law shall take effect 30 days after enactment.