CHAPTER 143
ELECTORS: QUALIFICATIONS AND ADMISSION

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Sec. 9-17. Sessions of registrars of voters.
Sec. 9-20. Admission of electors; procedure.
Sec. 9-20b. Voter registration services for new citizens at naturalization ceremonies.
Sec. 9-23h. Application form.
Sec. 9-23r. Submission of identifying information with mail voter registration application.
Sec. 9-31l. Appeals of decisions re right of person to be or remain an elector.
Sec. 9-38. Deposit of final registry list. Supplementary list.
Sec. 9-46a. Restoration or granting of electoral privileges.

      Sec. 9-17. Sessions of registrars of voters. (a) For the purposes of this section, "primary day" means the day that a primary for state, district and municipal offices is being held in accordance with section 9-423, and "election day" means the day of each regular election. (1) The registrars of voters of each town shall hold sessions to examine the qualifications of electors and admit those found qualified on the dates and at the times set forth in this section. Such sessions shall be held on the following days during the hours indicated, except as provided in subdivision (2) of this subsection:

DayHours
Fourteenth day before
primary day
any two hours between
5:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.
Saturday of third week before
election day
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Fourteenth day before
election day
9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

The session of the registrars of voters on the seventh day before election day shall be the last regular session for the admission of electors prior to an election, as defined in subsection (y) of section 9-1. (2) No town having a population of less than twenty-five thousand persons shall be required to hold sessions for admission of electors on the fourteenth day before primary day.

      (b) Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection (a), the registrars of voters shall hold a limited session on the last week day before each regular election from nine o'clock a.m. to twelve o'clock noon for the purpose of admitting only those persons whose qualifications as to age, citizenship or residence in the municipality were attained after the last session for the admission of electors prior to an election. The registrars shall enter the names of those electors admitted at such limited session on the proper list, with their residences by street and numbers, if any, before one o'clock p.m. of such last week day before the election.

      (c) In addition to the sessions held pursuant to subsections (a) and (b) of this section, the registrars of voters in each town shall hold one session each year, between the first of January and the last day of the school year, at each public high school in such town, for the admission of persons who are eligible for admission under subsection (a) or (b) of section 9-12, provided, in the case of a public high school in a regional school district, such session shall be held on a rotating basis by the registrars of voters for each town which is a member of the regional school district. The registrars of voters need not give notice of this session by publication in a newspaper.

      (1949 Rev., S. 1015; 1953, 1955, S. 518d; 1957, P.A. 441, S. 4; 1963, P.A. 530, S. 1; 1969, P.A. 694, S. 1; 1971, P.A. 708; 768, S. 2; 1972, P.A. 144; P.A. 73-630, S. 2, 19; P.A. 75-12, S. 1, 2; P.A. 77-330, S. 1; 77-604, S. 83, 84; P.A. 79-189, S. 2, 9; P.A. 83-391, S. 3, 24; P.A. 84-319, S. 5, 49; 84-546, S. 18, 173; P.A. 87-210; P.A. 89-297, S. 1; P.A. 91-351, S. 21, 23, 28; P.A. 93-230, S. 1; P.A. 94-121, S. 10, 33; 94-203, S. 1, 12; P.A. 95-171, S. 3, 14; P.A. 96-134, S. 1, 9; P.A. 97-67, S. 6, 9; P.A. 98-67, S. 4, 10; P.A. 05-235, S. 27.)

      History: 1963 act reduced duration of session in sixth week before election from eleven to "at least four" hours, and deleted variations in length of session according to the towns' sizes; 1969 act deleted provisions for towns holding a municipal election on the first Monday in October in the even-numbered years; 1971 acts added a session "on the first Saturday after Labor Day", added clarifying language to the provision of adjournment of session on the Saturday of the sixth week, deleted reference to the third week as the case may be and added a provision for additional sessions if the Saturday of the sixth or fourth week before election falls on day on which tenets of religion forbid secular activity; 1972 act added provision for two evening sessions between the Saturdays of the sixth and fourth weeks before election; P.A. 73-630 substituted clarifying language for "rights have matured" as age citizenship or residence attained after the Saturday of the fourth week before the election; P.A. 75-12 provided for additional session on Saturday of fifth week before election and for adjournment of that session from time to time instead of provision for adjournment of the session on sixth Saturday, further provided for one evening session rather than two between the Saturday of fifth week (instead of sixth) and the Saturday of the fourth week and further substituted fifth week for sixth week in the requirement for additional session where that Saturday falls on a day on which religious tenets forbid secular activity; P.A. 77-330 provided for evening session before primary, changed provisions for hours of sessions before elections to "from at least nine o'clock a.m. to one o'clock p.m.", specified that the evening session between the fifth and fourth week be on Wednesday, provided for a session on the twenty-first day before election between the hours of nine a.m. and eight p.m., changed the hours for the session on the last weekday before election to "from at least nine a.m. to eleven a.m.", changed the purpose of that admitting session to "those persons whose qualifications as to age or citizenship were attained after the twenty-first day before the election", changed provision for extra session where religious tenet forbids secular activity on Saturday of fifth or fourth week to twenty-first day and provided that admission of electors on the last weekday before election would be determined from that next succeeding day; P.A. 77-604 made technical changes; P.A. 79-189 divided statute into three Subsecs. with Subsec. (a) including information set forth in schedule format; P.A. 83-391 amended section to delete references to board for admission of electors and eliminated certain mandatory sessions in towns having a population under twenty-five thousand; P.A. 84-319 and P.A. 84-546 made technical amendment to Subsec. (b), restoring language inadvertently omitted from 1983 revision; P.A. 87-210 added Subsec. (c) re sessions at public high schools; P.A. 89-297 changed May ninth to May twelfth in Subsec. (c); P.A. 91-351 amended Subsec. (a) to move all sessions one week closer to election day and changed ending time for last Saturday session before election day from 8:00 to 5:00 p.m; P.A. 93-230 amended Subsec. (a) to repeal requirement that session be held on Saturday of fifth week before election day and to change hours for session to be held on the Wednesday falling between fourth and third Saturdays before election day, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. to "any two hours between 5:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m."; P.A. 94-121 deleted reference to elector's oath in Subdiv. (1) of Subsec. (a), effective January 1, 1995; P.A. 94-203 amended Subsec. (a) by changing hours of session on fourteenth day before primary day, from "7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m." to "any two hours between 5:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.", effective July 1, 1994; P.A. 95-171 amended Subsec. (b) by extending session from eleven o'clock a.m. to noon and requiring names be entered by one o'clock p.m. rather than noon, effective October 1, 1995, and applicable to elections held on or after that date; P.A. 96-134 amended Subsec. (a) to delete references to mandatory sessions on the Saturday of fourth week before election day and the Wednesday between fourth and third Saturdays before election day and to change session hours for Saturday of third week before election day and amended Subsec. (c) to replace "May twelfth" with "the first of January" and add provision that the registrars of voters need not give notice of session by publication, effective May 29, 1996; P.A. 97-67 amended Subsec. (a) by changing hours of Saturday session from "9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m." to "10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.", effective July 1, 1997; P.A. 98-67 amended Subsec. (a) to change definition of "primary day" from day scheduled for primary to day that primary is being held, effective July 1, 1998; P.A. 05-235 amended Subsec. (a) by changing "fourteenth day before election day" to "seventh day before election day", effective January 1, 2006.

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      Sec. 9-20. Admission of electors; procedure. (a) Each person who applies for admission as an elector in person to an admitting official shall, upon a form prescribed by the Secretary of the State and signed by the applicant, state under penalties of perjury, his name, bona fide residence by street and number, date of birth, whether he is a United States citizen, whether his privileges as an elector are forfeited by reason of conviction of crime, and whether he has previously been admitted as an elector in any town in this or any other state. Each such applicant shall present his birth certificate, drivers' license or Social Security card to the admitting official for inspection at the time of application. Notwithstanding the provisions of any special act or charter to the contrary, the application form shall also, in a manner prescribed by the Secretary of the State, provide for application for enrollment in any political party, including, on any such form printed on or after January 1, 2006, a list of the names of the major parties, as defined in section 9-372, as options for the applicant. The form shall indicate that such enrollment is not mandatory.

      (b) The applicant's statement shall be delivered to the registrars immediately and shall be kept by the registrars as a public record in a safe depository, except that no Social Security number obtained by the registrars prior to January 1, 2000, may be disclosed to the public or to any governmental agency. Any such statement of an elector whose name has been removed from the registry list for a period of at least five years may be placed on microfilm, destroyed or otherwise disposed of by such registrars, in the manner provided in section 7-109. Upon the request of any elector, or if the applicant does not present a birth certificate, drivers' license or Social Security card as required by subsection (a) of this section, at the time an application is made in person to an admitting official or prior to the approval of such an application, any admitting official shall require the applicant to prove his identity, place of birth, age and bona fide residence by the testimony under oath of at least one elector or by the presentation of proof satisfactory to such admitting official. Each person found qualified shall thereupon be admitted as an elector, except as provided in sections 9-12, 9-19e, 9-19g and 9-30. The registrars may request an elector whose date of birth is missing from their records to voluntarily furnish his date of birth. Any admitting official may administer oaths in any matter coming before him under section 9-12, 9-17, 9-19b, subsection (a) of section 9-19c, section 9-19e, 9-19g, 9-23, 9-23a, 9-25, 9-31a, 9-31b, 9-31l, 9-40a or this section. Said admitting official shall prohibit any activity which interferes with the orderly process of admission of electors.

      (c) The application for admission as an elector shall include a statement that (1) specifies each eligibility requirement, (2) contains an attestation that the applicant meets each such requirement and (3) requires the signature of the applicant under penalty of perjury. Each registrar of voters and town clerk shall maintain a copy of such statement in braille, large print and audio form. The Commission on the Deaf and Hearing Impaired shall produce a videotape presenting such statement in voice and sign language and provide the videotape to the Secretary of the State who shall make copies of the videotape and provide a copy to the registrars of voters of any municipality, upon request and at a cost equal to the cost of making the copy. If a person applies for admission as an elector in person to an admitting official, such admitting official shall, upon the request of the applicant, administer the elector's oath.

      (1949 Rev., S. 1017; 1949, S. 251b; 1953, S. 523d; 1957, P.A. 441, S. 1; 1959, P.A. 684, S. 1; 1961, P.A. 74; 266, S. 2; 1963, P.A. 645, S. 2; February, 1965, P.A. 407, S. 2; 1967, P.A. 100; 390, S. 1; 559, S. 2; 831, S. 2; 1969, P.A. 694, S. 2; 1971, P.A. 768, S. 6; P.A. 73-99; 73-630, S. 5, 19; P.A. 75-47, S. 1, 5; 75-174, S. 1, 3; 75-565, S. 4, 5; P.A. 77-216, S. 2; 77-244, S. 2, 4; P.A. 78-153, S. 5, 32; 78-331, S. 5, 58; P.A. 79-357, S. 2; P.A. 81-350, S. 6, 17; P.A. 83-391, S. 5, 24; P.A. 89-234, S. 1; P.A. 93-230, S. 2, 8; P.A. 94-121, S. 15, 33; P.A. 97-154, S. 26, 27; P.A. 99-268, S. 40, 46; P.A. 00-169, S. 22; P.A. 05-235, S. 15.)

      History: 1959 act provided as an alternative to presenting a certificate of citizenship or a passport issued on or after 1948 to prove citizenship a written statement by a town clerk of previous admission as an elector in some other town; this was expanded to include such a statement by a registrar of voters by 1961 act which also provided for delivery of applicant's statement to registrars and retention by them; provisions for proof of citizenship were deleted by 1963 act and placed in present section 9-20a and 1963 act further deleted requirement married applicant state whether her husband was alien or native born; 1965 act removed requirement for recital of residency in the state; 1967 acts substituted "member of board" for "selectmen" in administering oaths, deleted "occupation" from application and added "whether he is a United States citizen" and where applicant a married woman deleted requirement for date of marriage and birthplace of husband and added provision for furnishing maiden name, added to the provision re elector's request that board require proof of certain qualifications of an applicant requirement that this request be made at time of application or prior to its approval and made permissive selection of lines to be read by applicant, removed reference to three lines in testing literacy of applicant and provided instead for reading of any article of constitution or section of statutes; 1969 act permitted registrars to administer oaths in matters concerning Sec. 9-19b and deleted provision empowering board members or town clerk to select materials to be read in literacy test; 1971 act substituted "admitting official" for "board", "town clerk" or "registrar"; P.A. 73-99 provided that statements on applications of electors whose names have been removed from registry list for at least five years may be placed on microfilm or destroyed; P.A. 73-630 included provision on application for bona fide residence by street and number and deleted provision for length of time of continuous residence in town in which he applies; P.A. 75-47 added provision for application form to contain application for optional enrollment in any party, effective January 1, 1976; P.A. 75-174 added reference to disposal of electors' statements under Sec. 7-109; P.A. 75-565 added reference to quadruplicate statements and made other minor changes; P.A. 77-216 removed requirement for inclusion of marital status and maiden name; P.A. 77-244 provided for preregistration within a four-month period prior to the election of those becoming eighteen years of age on or before the day of the election; P.A. 78-153, 78-331 and 79-357 made technical changes; P.A. 81-350 divided section into Subsecs. and amended provisions to require positive identification by birth certificate, drivers' license or social security card at time of registration or to provide testimony of an elector under oath to establish identity of person seeking to become an elector; P.A. 83-391 deleted references to board for admission of electors; P.A. 89-234 added Subsec. (c) re braille, large print, audio and video forms of elector's oath; P.A. 93-230 added provisions to Subsec. (a) re request for applicant to furnish his Social Security number, effective January 1, 1994; P.A. 94-121 applied provisions of Subsecs. (a) and (b) to persons applying "in person to an admitting official", amended Subsec. (a) by substituting "penalties of perjury" for "oath" and deleting requirement that applicant state his birthplace on form, amended Subsec. (b) by deleting authorization for qualified person to take oath, and amended Subsec. (c) by adding provision re statement required to be included in application, substituting "such statement" for "the elector's oath" and requiring official to administer oath upon request of applicant, effective January 1, 1995; P.A. 97-154 authorized registrars to request elector to voluntarily furnish birthdate when missing from their records, effective June 24, 1997; P.A. 99-268 amended Subsecs. (a) and (b) by repealing requirement that form include request for applicant to furnish Social Security number and extending prohibition on disclosure of Social Security numbers to the public or to any governmental agency, effective January 1, 2000; P.A. 00-169 revised effective date of P.A. 99-268 but without affecting this section; P.A. 05-235 amended Subsec. (a) to require form to include list of names of major parties, effective January 1, 2006.

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      Sec. 9-20b. Voter registration services for new citizens at naturalization ceremonies. The Secretary of the State, within available appropriations and in consultation with registrars of voters and nonprofit organizations promoting voter registration, shall provide or arrange for voter registration services for new citizens at each naturalization ceremony held in the state by the federal Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services for twenty-five or more new citizens.

      (P.A. 05-188, S. 1.)

      History: P.A. 05-188 effective July 1, 2005.

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      Sec. 9-23h. Application form. The application provided for in section 9-23g shall provide spaces for the following information for each applicant: (1) Name, (2) bona fide residence, including street number, street address, apartment number if applicable, town and zip code, (3) telephone number, (4) date of birth, (5) whether the applicant is registered as an elector in any other town in the state of Connecticut or in any other state, and if so, the applicant's last previous voting residence, (6) whether the applicant is a United States citizen, (7) whether the applicant will be eighteen years of age on or before election day, (8) party affiliation, if any, (9) the applicant's signature and date of signature, and (10) the applicant's Connecticut motor vehicle operator's license number or, if none, the last four digits of the applicant's Social Security number. The spaces for the applicant's telephone number and party affiliation shall indicate that such information does not have to be provided. On any such application printed on or after January 1, 2006, the space for the applicant's party affiliation shall also include a list of the names of the major parties, as defined in section 9-372, as options for the applicant. The spaces regarding United States citizenship and whether the applicant will be eighteen years of age on or before election day shall indicate that if the applicant answers "No" to either question, the applicant may not complete the voter registration form. No Social Security number on any such form filed prior to January 1, 2000, may be disclosed to the public or to any governmental agency. The application shall contain a notice that if the applicant does not receive a notice of acceptance or rejection of the application from the office of the registrars of voters for the municipality in which the applicant resides, the applicant should contact said office. The application shall also contain any other information, questions or instructions prescribed by the Secretary of the State.

      (P.A. 88-344, S. 2, 5; P.A. 93-386, S. 2, 5; P.A. 94-121, S. 19, 33; P.A. 99-268, S. 41, 46; P.A. 00-169, S. 22; P.A. 02-83, S. 7; June 30 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-6, S. 92; P.A. 05-235, S. 16.)

      History: P.A. 93-386 required form to provide space for applicant's Social Security number, required secretary and registrars to comply with Privacy Act re request for such number and prohibited public disclosure of the number, amended Subpara. (A) by substituting "until approved by the registrars of voters," for "until he receives a notice of acceptance from the registrars of voters, which should be within three weeks," amended Subpara. (B) by adding reference to Sec. 9-27, deleted former Subparas. (C), (E) and (F), re witnessing official, and renumbered remaining Subparas. accordingly, substituted new Subpara. (D) for former Subpara. (H), requiring summary of applicable penalties to be contained on application instead of full text and amended relettered Subpara. (E) to provide for applicant to retain receipt, effective January 1, 1994; P.A. 94-121 deleted requirements that application provide spaces for applicant's sex, birthplace and printed or typed name and address and contain instructions re question re citizenship and information specified in former Subparas. (A) to (E), inclusive, effective January 1, 1995; P.A. 99-268 repealed requirement that application provide space for applicant's Social Security number and extended prohibition on disclosure of Social Security numbers on forms to the public or to any governmental agency, effective January 1, 2000; P.A. 00-169 revised effective date of P.A. 99-268 but without affecting this section; P.A. 02-83 made a technical change for purposes of gender neutrality and required application to contain notice that applicant should contact registrars' office if applicant does not receive notice of acceptance or rejection, effective January 1, 2003; June 30 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-6 added new Subdiv. (7) to require application to provide space for whether applicant will be eighteen years of age on or before election day, renumbered former Subdivs. (7) and (8) as Subdivs. (8) and (9), added Subdiv. (10) to require application to provide space for applicant's Connecticut motor vehicle operator's license number or, if none, the last four digits of applicant's Social Security number, and added provision to require spaces re citizenship and whether applicant will be eighteen years of age to indicate that if applicant answers "No", applicant may not complete form, effective January 1, 2004; P.A. 05-235 required application to include list of names of major parties, effective January 1, 2006.

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      Sec. 9-23r. Submission of identifying information with mail voter registration application. (a) On or after January 1, 2003, any person who is applying, by mail, to register to vote for the first time in this state may submit as part of such voter registration application: (1) A copy of a current and valid photo identification, (2) a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or government document that shows the name and address of the voter, (3) a valid Connecticut motor vehicle operator's license number, or (4) the last four digits of the individual's Social Security number. Members of the armed forces and persons entitled to use the federal post card application for absentee ballots under section 9-153a are not required to provide identification when registering by mail. No information submitted as part of a voter registration application under this subsection shall be subject to disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act pursuant to chapter 14, except for the name, address, date of birth and telephone number of the applicant.

      (b) If an individual submits such information pursuant to this section as part of the individual's voter registration application and, with respect to subdivision (3) or (4) of subsection (a) of this section, the registrars of voters are able to match the information submitted with an existing Connecticut identification record bearing the same number, name and date of birth as provided, such individual shall not be required to produce identification when voting in person or by absentee ballot and may sign a statement as described in subparagraph (B) of subdivision (2) of subsection (a) of section 9-261 in lieu of presenting identification when voting in person.

      (c) Any additional documentation submitted as part of the voter registration application pursuant to this section may be destroyed by the registrars of voters after verification pursuant to the Help America Vote Act, P.L. 107-252, as amended from time to time.

      (d) If an individual described in subsection (a) of this section does not submit the identification described in subsection (a) of this section as part of the individual's application for admission as an elector, when the individual has entered the polling place in an election for federal office, the individual shall present: (1) A current and valid photo identification, or (2) a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or other government document that shows the name and address of the voter. If an individual does not meet the requirements of this subsection in an election for federal office, such individual may cast a provisional ballot prescribed under sections 9-232i to 9-232o, inclusive.

      (e) If an individual described in subsection (a) of this section does not submit the identification described in subsection (a) of this section as part of the individual's application for admission as an elector, and if the individual votes by absentee ballot in an election for federal office, the individual shall enclose in the outer absentee ballot envelope, and not in the inner envelope with the ballot: (1) A copy of a current and valid photo identification, or (2) a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows the name and address of the voter. If an individual does not meet the requirements of this subsection in an election for federal office, such individual's absentee ballot shall be processed in accordance with the provisions of subdivision (2) of subsection (d) of section 9-150a and treated as a provisional ballot for federal office only, pursuant to sections 9-232i to 9-232o, inclusive.

      (June 30 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-6, S. 90; P.A. 05-188, S. 2.)

      History: June 30 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-6 effective January 1, 2004; P.A. 05-188 amended Subsec. (a) to prohibit disclosure of information submitted as part of application, except for name, address, date of birth and telephone number of applicant, effective July 1, 2005.

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      Sec. 9-31l. Appeals of decisions re right of person to be or remain an elector. (a)(1) A person who is denied admission as an elector may appeal a decision of an admitting official of a town concerning the right of such person to be or remain an elector. Any such appeal shall be made to the registrars of voters of such town, except that if the admitting official who made such decision is a registrar of voters, the appeal shall be made to the board for admission of electors of such town.

      (2) Notice of an appeal shall be in writing and delivered to the registrars or to the board for admission of electors. Within seven days after receipt of a notice of appeal, the registrars or the board, as the case may be, shall give written notice of the time and place where such appeal will be heard to the appellant and to the admitting official whose decision is the subject of the appeal. Such appeal shall be heard within twenty-one days after notice of the appeal is delivered to the registrars or the board. Neither a registrar whose decision is the subject of the appeal nor a registrar who is an appellant shall be a voting member of the board which hears the appeal.

      (3) The registrars or the board may receive sworn testimony and any other evidence relating to the qualifications of such person to be or remain an elector.

      (4) Within seven days after hearing an appeal, the registrars or the board shall render a decision and shall send written notice of the decision to the appellant and the admitting official whose decision was the subject of the appeal.

      (b) (1) The person whose right to be or remain an elector is in dispute may appeal the decision of the registrars or the board for the admission of electors under subsection (a) of this section to the State Elections Enforcement Commission. If an appeal is not made to the commission as provided in this subsection, the decision of the registrars or the board shall be final.

      (2) Any such appeal shall be in writing and filed with the State Elections Enforcement Commission at its principal offices not later than fourteen days following the decision of the registrars or the board. A copy of any such notice of appeal shall also be delivered within such time to the registrars or the board that rendered the decision under subsection (a) of this section.

      (3) The registrars or the board shall, not later than ten days after receipt of a copy of the notice of appeal, deliver the record of the hearing of the registrars or board under subsection (a) of this section to the commission.

      (4) The commission shall hear such appeal not later than twenty-one days after notice of appeal is filed with the commission and shall be conducted in accordance with the provisions of sections 4-176e to 4-180a, inclusive, and section 4-181a. The commission may consider the record of the hearing delivered by the registrars or the board and may examine witnesses, documents and any other evidence that it determines may have a bearing on the proper determination of the issues brought on appeal. The commission's hearing shall be recorded.

      (5) The commission shall render its decision not later than sixty days after the close of its hearing, except that an extension of time may be granted by the commission upon application of any party that sets forth circumstances that the commission determines is appropriate to granting an extension of time. The commission may also initiate an extension of time for rendering its decision, after written notice to the parties, provided all of the parties before the commission give their prior written consent.

      (6) The decision of the commission shall determine the person's right to be or remain an elector. If any such decision is adverse to such individual's right, the commission shall order both registrars to remove the elector's name from the town's active and inactive registry list and any enrollment list. Any person whose name has been so removed may reapply for admission as an elector with the registrars of voters of the same town at any time. If such application is made within four years after the commission's decision, both registrars may approve such application only after they find that there has been a substantial change in the circumstances that provided the basis for the commission's decision and that the individual is eligible to be an elector. Registrars who approve an individual's application for admission within this time period without a substantial change in circumstances may be subject to a civil penalty imposed by the commission in accordance with subdivision (2) of subsection (a) of section 9-7b if the commission determines, following a written complaint filed with the commission pursuant to said section 9-7b, that the registrars' action was without good cause and constitutes a wilful violation of a prior order of the commission.

      (P.A. 81-350, S. 1, 17; P.A. 05-235, S. 7.)

      History: P.A. 05-235 redesignated existing Subsec. (a) as Subsec. (a)(1), redesignated existing Subsecs. (b), (c) and (d) as Subdivs. (2), (3) and (4), respectively, of Subsec. (a), amended Subsec. (a)(2) to prohibit a registrar who is an appellant from being a voting member of the board hearing the appeal, made conforming changes throughout Subsec. (a) and added new Subsec. (b) allowing appeal of decision of registrars or board to State Elections Enforcement Commission, effective July 1, 2005.

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      Sec. 9-38. Deposit of final registry list. Supplementary list. The registrars of all towns shall, on the second Friday preceding a regular election, deposit in the town clerk's office the final registry list arranged as provided in section 9-35 and certified by them to be correct, and shall retain a sufficient number of copies to be used by them at such election for the purpose of checking the names of those who vote. They shall place on such final list, in the order provided in section 9-35, the names of all persons who have been admitted as electors. In each municipality said registrars shall also cause to be prepared and printed and deposited in the town clerk's office a supplementary or updated list containing the names and addresses of electors to be transferred, restored or added to such list prior to the fourth before such election, provided in municipalities having a population of less than twenty-five thousand, such additional names may be inserted in writing in such final list. Such final registry list and supplementary or updated list deposited in the town clerk's office shall be on file in such office for public inspection for a period of two years, and any elector may make copies thereof.

      (1949 Rev., S. 1008; 1953, S. 540d; 1963, P.A. 211; P.A. 78-153, S. 22, 32; P.A. 83-391, S. 11, 24; P.A. 99-276, S. 2, 15; P.A. 05-235, S. 28.)

      History: 1963 act provided same time for filing list prior to state and town elections and gave towns of under 25,000 option of printing supplementary list or writing names on list; P.A. 78-153 substituted "for a period of two years" for "until the printing of the next such list", effective January 1, 1979; P.A. 83-391 deleted reference to board for admission of electors; P.A. 99-276 added references to "or updated" list, effective January 1, 2000; P.A. 05-235 required that supplementary or updated list be deposited in town clerk's office not later than "fourth" rather than "sixth" day before election, effective January 1, 2006.

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      Sec. 9-46a. Restoration or granting of electoral privileges. (a) A person who has been convicted of a felony and committed to confinement in a federal or other state correctional institution or facility or community residence shall have such person's electoral privileges restored upon submission of written or other satisfactory proof to the admitting official before whom such person presents his or her qualifications to be admitted as an elector, that all fines in conjunction with the conviction have been paid and that such person has been discharged from confinement, and, if applicable, parole.

      (b) Upon the release from confinement in a correctional institution or facility or a community residence of a person who has been convicted of a felony and committed to the custody of the Commissioner of Correction and, if applicable, the discharge of such person from parole, (1) the person shall have the right to become an elector, (2) the Commissioner of Correction shall give the person a document certifying that the person has been released from such confinement and, if applicable, has been discharged from parole, (3) if the person was an elector at the time of such felony conviction and, after such release and any such discharge, is residing in the same municipality in which the person resided at the time of such felony conviction, the person's electoral privileges shall be restored upon submitting to an admitting official such document or other satisfactory proof that the person has been released from such confinement and, if applicable, discharged from parole, and (4) if the person was an elector at the time of such felony conviction and, after such release and any such discharge, is residing in a different municipality or if the person was not an elector at the time of such felony conviction, the person's electoral privileges shall be restored or granted upon submitting to an admitting official (A) satisfactory proof of the person's qualifications to be admitted as an elector, and (B) such document or other satisfactory proof that the person has been released from confinement and, if applicable, discharged from parole. The provisions of subdivisions (1) to (4), inclusive, of this subsection shall not apply to any person convicted of a felony for a violation of any provision of this title until such person has been discharged from any parole or probation for such felony. No admitting official shall require that a person under this subsection submit a document from the Commissioner of Correction, as described in subdivision (2) of this subsection, in order to prove that the person has been discharged from confinement and, if applicable, discharged from parole.

      (c) The registrars of voters of the municipality in which a person is admitted as an elector pursuant to subsection (a) or (b) of this section, within thirty days after the date on which such person is admitted, shall notify the registrars of voters of the municipality wherein such person resided at the time of such person's conviction that such person's electoral rights have been so restored.

      (d) The Commissioner of Correction shall establish procedures to inform those persons who have been convicted of a felony and committed to the custody of said commissioner for confinement in a correctional institution or facility or a community residence, and are eligible to have their electoral privileges restored or granted pursuant to subsection (b) of this section, of the right and procedures to have such privileges restored. The Office of Adult Probation shall, within available appropriations, inform such persons who are on probation on January 1, 2002, of their right to become electors and procedures to have their electoral privileges restored, which shall be in accordance with subsections (b) and (c) of this section.

      (e) The Commissioner of Correction shall, on or before the fifteenth day of each month, transmit to the Secretary of the State a list of all persons convicted of a felony and committed to the custody of said commissioner and who, during the preceding calendar month, have been released from confinement in a correctional institution or facility or a community residence and, if applicable, discharged from parole. Such lists shall include the names, birth dates and addresses of such persons, with the dates of their convictions and the crimes of which such persons have been convicted. The Secretary of the State shall transmit such lists to the registrars of the municipalities in which such convicted persons resided at the time of their convictions and to the registrars of any municipalities where the secretary believes such persons may be electors.

      (P.A. 75-354, S. 1, 3; P.A. 76-22; P.A. 96-207, S. 3, 4; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 98-1, S. 42, 121; P.A. 01-11, S. 3, 4; P.A. 05-235, S. 25.)

      History: P.A. 76-22 amended original act to appear as Subsec. (a), added "or other satisfactory" to written proof, replaced reference to registrars of municipality wherein person resided at time of conviction with "the admitting official before whom he presents his qualifications to be admitted as an elector" and added Subsec. (b) re required notifications regarding restoration of electoral rights; P.A. 96-207 added new Subsec. (c) requiring the Judicial Department, the Commissioner of Correction and the Board of Parole to establish procedures re the right to have electoral privileges restored, effective January 1, 1997; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 98-1 made a technical change in Subsec. (c), effective June 24, 1998; P.A. 01-11 amended Subsec. (a) by adding provisions re committal to confinement and eliminating requirement that person be discharged from probation before electoral privileges restored, added new Subsec. (b) re procedures upon release of a person from confinement, redesignated former Subsecs. (b) and (c) as Subsecs. (c) and (d), amended Subsec. (d) by eliminating requirement that Judicial Department and Board of Parole also establish procedures and adding provisions re committal to custody and sentence requiring Office of Adult Probation to inform persons on probation of their right to become electors, added Subsec. (e) requiring Commissioner of Correction to transmit a monthly list to Secretary of the State, and made technical changes for purposes of gender neutrality, effective January 1, 2002; P.A. 05-235 amended Subsec. (b) to prohibit admitting official from requiring person to submit document from Commissioner of Correction to prove discharge, effective July 1, 2005.

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