CHAPTER 145
ABSENTEE VOTING

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Sec. 9-135. Absentee voting eligibility. Misrepresentation prohibited.
Sec. 9-140. Application for and issuance of absentee ballots. Distribution of absentee ballot applications. Mailing unsolicited applications. Downloading applications. Summary of absentee voting laws.
Sec. 9-159q. (Formerly Sec. 9-159n). Supervised absentee voting by patients at institutions upon request of registrar, administrator. Supervised absentee voting by applicants from same street address at discretion of registrars.

      Sec. 9-135. Absentee voting eligibility. Misrepresentation prohibited. (a) Any elector eligible to vote at a primary or an election and any person eligible to vote at a referendum may vote by absentee ballot if he is unable to appear at his polling place during the hours of voting for any of the following reasons: (1) His active service with the armed forces of the United States; (2) his absence from the town of his voting residence during all of the hours of voting; (3) his illness; (4) his physical disability; (5) the tenets of his religion forbid secular activity on the day of the primary, election or referendum; or (6) the required performance of his duties as a primary, election or referendum official at a polling place other than his own during all of the hours of voting at such primary, election or referendum.

      (b) No person shall misrepresent the eligibility requirements for voting by absentee ballot prescribed in subsection (a) of this section, to any elector or prospective absentee ballot applicant.

      (1949 Rev., S. 1134; 1953, S. 622d; 1963, P.A. 93, S. 2; February, 1965, P.A. 74, S. 1; 1967, P.A. 678, S. 1; 831, S. 6; 1969, P.A. 2, S. 1; 69, S. 2; P.A. 75-595, S. 2, 5; P.A. 76-50, S. 2, 7; 76-435, S. 44, 82; P.A. 79-189, S. 5, 9; P.A. 81-238, S. 2; 81-472, S. 119, 159; P.A. 83-254, S. 2, 4; P.A. 84-546, S. 19, 173; P.A. 86-179, S. 3, 53; P.A. 87-320, S. 1; P.A. 05-235, S. 1.)

      History: 1963 act changed technical language of statute; 1965 act added to eligibility for absentee ballot where "tenets of his religion forbid secular activity", effective January 1, 1966; 1967 acts added absence because of status as student at institution of higher learning outside town of residence and also because of temporary abode outside town occasioned by membership in a religious community, effective January 1, 1968, and following "any elector" deleted "not a member of the armed forces"; 1969 acts added spouse to student at institution of higher learning, effective January 1, 1970 and added provision for absentee voting for those who have continued their registration for a period one day short of six months following their removal from the town, effective January 1, 1970; P.A. 75-595 gave authority to vote by absentee ballot to those confined in correctional institutions outside the town whose privileges as electors have not been forfeited, effective January 1, 1976; P.A. 76-50 rephrased provisions; P.A. 76-435 made technical changes; P.A. 79-189 deleted provision for absentee voting of elector who has removed from the town; P.A. 81-238 eliminated reference to certain conditions under which absence from town of voting residence during all of the hours of voting at a state, municipal or special election entitled electors to vote by absentee ballot and granted such entitlement to electors on the basis of such absence for any reason; P.A. 81-472 made technical changes; P.A. 83-254 authorized absentee voting by election official performing duties at polling place other than his own; P.A. 84-546 made technical change; P.A. 86-179 added references to voting at primary and referendum and added active service with armed forces as reason for voting by absentee ballot; P.A. 87-320 deleted provision limiting applicability to only those referenda "for which absentee ballots are made available pursuant to section 9-369c"; P.A. 05-235 designated existing provisions as Subsec. (a) and added Subsec. (b) re prohibition on misrepresentation of eligibility requirements for voting by absentee ballot, effective July 1, 2005, and applicable to elections, primaries and referenda held on or after September 1, 2005.

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      Sec. 9-140. Application for and issuance of absentee ballots. Distribution of absentee ballot applications. Mailing unsolicited applications. Downloading applications. Summary of absentee voting laws. (a) Application for an absentee ballot shall be made to the clerk of the municipality in which the applicant is eligible to vote or has applied for such eligibility. Any person who assists another person in the completion of an application shall, in the space provided, sign the application and print or type his name, residence address and telephone number. Such signature shall be made under the penalties of false statement in absentee balloting. The municipal clerk shall not invalidate the application solely because it does not contain the name of a person who assisted the applicant in the completion of the application. The municipal clerk shall not distribute with an absentee ballot application any material which promotes the success or defeat of any candidate or referendum question. The municipal clerk shall maintain a log of all absentee ballot applications provided under this subsection, including the name and address of each person to whom applications are provided and the number of applications provided to each such person. Each absentee ballot application provided by the municipal clerk shall be consecutively numbered and be stamped or marked with the name of the municipality issuing the application. The application shall be signed by the applicant under the penalties of false statement in absentee balloting on (1) the form prescribed by the Secretary of the State pursuant to section 9-139a, (2) a form provided by any federal department or agency if applicable pursuant to section 9-153a, or (3) any of the special forms of application prescribed pursuant to section 9-150c, 9-153a, 9-153b, 9-153d, 9-153e, 9-153f or 9-158d, if applicable. Any such absentee ballot applicant who is unable to write may cause the application to be completed by an authorized agent who shall, in the spaces provided for the date and signature, write the date and name of the absentee ballot applicant followed by the word "by" and his own signature. If the ballot is to be mailed to the applicant, the applicant shall list the bona fide personal mailing address of the applicant in the appropriate space on the application.

      (b) A municipal clerk may transmit an application to a person under this subsection by facsimile machine. If a municipal clerk has a facsimile machine, an applicant may return a completed application to the clerk by such a machine, provided the applicant shall also mail the original of the completed application to the clerk, either separately or with the absentee ballot that is issued to the applicant. If the clerk does not receive such original application by the close of the polls on the day of the election, primary or referendum, the absentee ballot shall not be counted.

      (c) The municipal clerk shall check the name of each absentee ballot applicant against the last-completed registry list and any supplementary registry lists on file in the municipal clerk's office. If the name of such applicant does not appear on any of such lists, the clerk shall send such applicant a notice, in a form prescribed by the Secretary of the State, to the effect that (1) the applicant's name did not appear on the list of electors of the municipality at the time the application was processed, and (2) unless the applicant is admitted or restored as an elector of the municipality by the applicable cutoff dates an absentee ballot will not be mailed to him. Such notice shall not be so mailed if, prior to the mailing of the notice, the registrars provide the clerk with reliable information showing the absentee ballot applicant to be an elector of the municipality.

      (d) An absentee voting set shall consist of an absentee ballot, inner and outer envelopes for its return, instructions for its use, and if applicable, explanatory texts concerning ballot questions, as provided for in sections 2-30a and 9-369b. No other material shall be included with an absentee voting set issued to an applicant except as provided in sections 9-153e and 9-153f or where necessary to correct an error or omission as provided in section 9-153c.

      (e) Upon receipt of an application, the municipal clerk shall, unless a notice is mailed to the applicant pursuant to subsection (c) of this section, write the serial number of the outer envelope included in the absentee voting set to be issued to the applicant in the space provided for that purpose on the application form. Sets shall be issued to applicants in consecutive ascending numerical order of the envelope serial numbers, and the clerk shall keep a list of the numbers indicating beside each number the name of the applicant to whom that set was issued. The list shall be preserved as a public record as required by section 9-150b.

      (f) Absentee voting sets shall be issued beginning on the thirty-first day before an election and the twenty-first day before a primary or, if such day is a Saturday, Sunday or legal holiday, beginning on the next preceding business day.

      (g) On the first day of issuance of absentee voting sets the municipal clerk shall mail an absentee voting set to each applicant whose application was received by the clerk prior to that day. When the clerk receives an application during the time period in which absentee voting sets are to be issued he shall mail an absentee voting set to the applicant, within twenty-four hours, unless the applicant submits his application in person at the office of the clerk and asks to be given his absentee voting set immediately, in which case the clerk shall comply with the request. Any absentee voting set to be mailed to an applicant shall be mailed to the bona fide personal mailing address shown on the application. Issuance of absentee voting sets shall also be subject to the provisions of subsection (c) of this section, section 9-150c and section 9-159q concerning persons designated to deliver or return ballots in cases involving unforeseen illness or disability and supervised voting at certain health care institutions.

      (h) No absentee ballot shall be issued on the day of an election or primary, or after the opening of the polls on the day of a referendum, except in cases involving unforeseen illness or disability or presidential or overseas ballots as provided in section 9-150c and sections 9-158a to 9-158m, inclusive.

      (i) The municipal clerk shall file executed applications in alphabetical order according to the applicants' surnames. Such applications shall be preserved as a public record as required by section 9-150b.

      (j) No person shall pay or give any compensation to another and no person shall accept any compensation solely for (1) distributing absentee ballot applications obtained from a municipal clerk or the Secretary of the State or (2) assisting any person in the execution of an absentee ballot.

      (k) (1) A person shall register with the town clerk before distributing five or more absentee ballot applications for an election, primary or referendum, not including applications distributed to such person's immediate family. Such requirement shall not apply to a person who is the designee of an applicant.

      (2) Any person who distributes absentee ballot applications shall maintain a list of the names and addresses of prospective absentee ballot applicants who receive such applications, and shall file such list with the town clerk prior to the date of the primary, election or referendum for which the applications were so distributed. Any person who distributes absentee ballot applications and receives an executed application shall forthwith file the application with the town clerk.

      (l) No candidate, party or political committee, or agent of such candidate or committee shall mail unsolicited applications for absentee ballots to any person, unless such mailing includes: (1) A written explanation of the eligibility requirements for voting by absentee ballot as prescribed in subsection (a) of section 9-135, and (2) a written warning that voting or attempting to vote by absentee ballot without meeting one or more of such eligibility requirements subjects the elector or applicant to potential civil and criminal penalties. As used in this subsection, "agent" means any person authorized to act on behalf of another person.

      (m) The Secretary of the State shall conspicuously post on the Secretary of the State's web site, adjacent to the absentee ballot application form available for downloading, a notice that the application may be downloaded by a person only for (1) the person's own use, (2) the use of a member of the person's immediate family, or (3) the use of a designee of the applicant. The notice shall also contain an advisory statement concerning the requirements of subsection (k) of this section.

      (n) The State Elections Enforcement Commission, in consultation with the Secretary of the State, shall prepare a summary of the requirements and prohibitions of the absentee voting laws, which shall be posted on said agencies' web sites. Candidates and political party chairpersons shall provide such summary to campaign and party employees and volunteers.

      (o) As used in this section, (1) "immediate family" has the same meaning as provided in subsection (a) of section 9-140b, and (2) "designee" has the same meaning as provided in subsection (b) of section 9-140b.

      (1949 Rev., S. 1135; 1953, 1955, S. 627d; 1957, P.A. 517, S. 2; 1959, P.A. 54; 1963, P.A. 139; 207, S. 1; February, 1965, P.A. 59, S. 1; 158, S. 1; 1967, P.A. 176, S. 3; 1971, P.A. 871, S. 71; P.A. 74-96, S. 4, 9; 74-141, S. 1, 2; P.A. 75-310, S. 5, 11; P.A. 76-50, S. 4, 7; P.A. 78-153, S. 2, 32; P.A. 79-363, S. 15, 38; P.A. 84-319, S. 13, 49; P.A. 85-514, S. 1; 85-577, S. 5; 85-592, S. 1; P.A. 86-179, S. 11, 53; P.A. 87-382, S. 9, 55; 87-532, S. 3, 10; P.A. 89-297, S. 3, 10, 11, 18; P.A. 93-384, S. 26, 28; P.A. 95-177, S. 1, 7; P.A. 97-154, S. 11, 27; P.A. 05-235, S. 2, 3.)

      History: 1959 act required applicant to give his bona fide personal mailing address to which ballot was to be sent; 1963 acts allowed application to be made at any time but reduced earliest time for giving or mailing ballot to applicant from two months to forty-five days and authorized mailing of ballot to applicant at his request; 1965 acts deleted box on application form where applicant could request list, added provision, in case of armed forces members, not more than ninety days before election date, for ballot to be furnished, also provided if application received more than ninety days before election date, ballot to be mailed on ninetieth day and further provided list of all applicants be open to public inspection for period beginning ninety days before election, in lieu of forty-five, effective for elections held after January 1, 1966; 1967 act added provision for procedure to cover spouse or dependent of armed forces member, if living where member is stationed, to be covered by the ninety-day provision, effective for elections held after January 1, 1968; 1971 act substituted "false statement" for "perjury"; P.A. 74-96 added "in absentee balloting" following "false statement", effective January 1, 1975; P.A. 74-141 in addition to list to be maintained of all applicants for absentee ballots provided for including the voting address, bona fide mailing address and reason given for requesting absentee ballot; P.A. 75-310 deleted reference to ninety days in case of members of armed forces, their spouses and dependents; further changed reference to "forty-five" days to "thirty", further changed period for list open to public inspection to start thirty days before election, effective January 1, 1976; P.A. 76-50 made technical changes; P.A. 78-153 provided absentee ballots to be made available by a municipality thirty days before an election, spelled out procedure to be followed by clerk, specifying a twenty-four-hour period following receipt of application during which action to be taken, further provided executed applications to be kept on hand for sixty days after election, in lieu of six months; P.A. 79-363 deleted provision for maintaining a list as public record and provided for the applications themselves to constitute the public record with destruction authorized after sixty days; P.A. 84-319 amended section to allow applicant to designate person to deliver ballot to him or return it to clerk; P.A. 85-514 divided section into Subsecs. and amended Subsec. (a) to prohibit giving or accepting compensation for distributing absentee ballot applications or for assisting persons in the execution of such ballots; P.A. 85-577 changed time frame from thirty days before an election to the thirty-first day before an election or the next preceding business weekday, required notices to electors whose names are not on registry lists that unless the applicant is an elector by applicable cutoff dates, an absentee ballot will not be mailed, and provided that such notices are not mailed if registrar provided clerk with reliable information that absentee ballot applicant is elector of the municipality; P.A. 85-592 added new Subsec. which allowed electors to return application by U.S. postal service, commercial carrier, courier or messenger services; P.A. 86-179 made technical changes, added requirement that applicants list bona fide personal mailing address on application, prohibited issuance of ballot on day of election or during voting hours on day of special election primary or referendum and added prohibition of compensation for distributing applications or assisting in execution of ballot; P.A. 87-382, in Subsec. (d), added references to Secs. 9-153e and 9-153f; P.A. 87-532 amended Subsec. (a) to require clerk to maintain log of absentee ballot applications and to sign or stamp each application provided, under penalties of false statement in absentee balloting, and to require any person obtaining application from a clerk for use of another person to sign and type his name, under same penalties; P.A. 89-297 amended Subsec. (a) by allowing person obtaining application from municipal clerk for use of another person to affix his signature stamp instead of signing the application and by adding prohibition on clerk distributing campaign material with application, substituted "twenty-first" for "nineteenth" in Subsec. (f) and amended Subsec. (h) to prohibit an absentee ballot from being issued on day of "an election or primary", instead of on day of "a regular election", or after opening of polls on day of "a referendum" instead of "a special election, primary or referendum"; P.A. 93-384 amended Subsec. (a) to authorize fax transmissions for sending and returning applications, effective January 1, 1994; P.A. 95-177 amended Subsec. (a) by deleting provisions re log of absentee ballot applications and signature stamp, changing identification requirement from person obtaining application for use of another person to person assisting with completion of application, adding requirement of assistant's address and telephone number, provision re not invalidating application lacking name of assistant, and Subdiv. indicators, moving provision re applicant's mailing address from Subsec. (b) to (a), and making provision re facsimile machine Subsec. (b), and amended Subsecs. (e) and (i) by deleting explanation of time period set in Sec. 9-150b, effective January 1, 1996; P.A. 97-154 deleted provisions that forms prescribed by Secretary of the State be provided by the secretary, effective July 1, 1997; P.A. 05-235 amended Subsec. (a) to require municipal clerk to maintain a log of absentee ballot applications provided and require that each application provided by municipal clerk be consecutively numbered and stamped or marked with name of municipality, and added Subsecs. (k) to (o), inclusive, re requirements for absentee ballot distributors, mailing unsolicited applications, notice on the Secretary of the State's web site re downloading applications, and a summary of absentee voting laws by the State Elections Enforcement Commission, effective July 1, 2005, and applicable to elections, primaries and referenda held on or after September 1, 2005.

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      Sec. 9-159q. (Formerly Sec. 9-159n). Supervised absentee voting by patients at institutions upon request of registrar, administrator. Supervised absentee voting by applicants from same street address at discretion of registrars. (a) As used in this section:

      (1) "Institution" means a veterans' health care facility, residential care home, health care facility for the handicapped, nursing home, rest home, mental health facility, alcohol or drug treatment facility, an infirmary operated by an educational institution for the care of its students, faculty and employees or an assisted living facility; and

      (2) "Designee" means an elector of the same town and political party as the appointing registrar of voters which elector is not an employee of the institution at which supervised voting is conducted.

      (b) Notwithstanding any provision of the general statutes to the contrary, if less than twenty of the patients in any institution in the state are electors, absentee ballots voted by such electors shall, upon request of either registrar of voters in the town of such electors' voting residence or the administrator of such institution, be voted under the supervision of such registrars of voters or their designees in accordance with the provisions of this section. The registrars of voters of a town other than the town in which an institution is located may refuse a request by the administrator of such institution when, in their written opinion, the registrars agree that such request is unnecessary, in which case this section shall not apply. Such registrars shall inform the administrator and the town clerk of the electors' town of voting residence of their refusal.

      (c) Except as provided in subsection (e) of this section, such request shall be made in writing and filed with the town clerk and registrars of voters of the town of such electors' voting residence, not more than forty-five days prior to an election or thirty-four days prior to a primary and not later than the seventh day prior to an election or primary. The request shall specify the name and location of the institution and the date and time when the registrars of voters or their designees shall supervise the casting of absentee ballots at the institution. The request shall also specify one or more alternate dates and times when supervised voting may occur. No request shall specify a date or an alternate date for supervised voting which is later than the last business day before the election or primary.

      (d) The town clerk shall not mail or otherwise deliver an absentee ballot to an applicant who is a patient in any institution if a request for supervision of absentee balloting at that institution has been filed with the clerk during the period set forth in subsection (c) of this section. The clerk shall instead deliver such ballot or ballots to the registrars of voters or their designees who will supervise the voting of such ballots in accordance with this section.

      (e) Except in the case of a written refusal as provided in subsection (b) of this section, upon receipt of a request for supervision of absentee balloting during the period set forth in subsection (c) of this section, the registrar or registrars of voters who received the request shall inform the registrar or administrator who made the request and the town clerk as to the date and time when such supervision shall occur, which shall be the date and time contained in the request or the alternate date and time contained in the request. If the registrar or registrars fail to select either date, the supervision shall take place on the date and time contained in the request. If a request for supervision of absentee balloting at an institution is filed during the period set forth in subsection (c) of this section and the town clerk receives an application for an absentee ballot from a patient in the institution after the date when supervised balloting occurred, either registrar of voters may request, in writing, to the appropriate town clerk and registrars of voters that the supervision of the voting of absentee ballots at such institution in accordance with this section be repeated, and in such case the registrars or their designees shall supervise absentee balloting at such institution on the date and at the time specified in the subsequent request, which shall be not later than the last business day before the election or primary.

      (f) On the date when the supervision of absentee balloting at any institution is to occur, the town clerk shall deliver to the registrars or their designees the absentee ballots and envelopes for all applicants who are electors of such clerk's town and patients at such institution. The ballot and envelopes shall be prepared for delivery to the applicant as provided in sections 9-137 to 9-140a, inclusive. The registrars or their designees shall furnish the town clerk a written receipt for such ballots.

      (g) The registrars or their designees, as the case may be, shall jointly deliver the ballots to the respective applicants at the institution and shall jointly supervise the voting of such ballots. The ballots shall be returned to the registrars or their designees by the electors in the envelopes provided and in accordance with the provisions of sections 9-137, 9-139 and 9-140a. If any elector asks for assistance in voting his ballot, two registrars or their designees of different political parties or, for a primary, their designees of different candidates, shall render such assistance as they deem necessary and appropriate to enable such elector to vote his ballot. The registrars or their designees may reject a ballot when (1) the elector declines to vote a ballot, or (2) the registrars or their designees are unable to determine how the elector who has requested their assistance desires to vote the ballot. When the registrars or their designees reject a ballot, they shall mark the serially-numbered outer envelope "rejected" and note the reasons for rejection. Nothing in this section shall limit the right of an elector to vote his ballot in secret.

      (h) After all ballots have been voted or marked "rejected" in accordance with subsection (g) of this section, the registrars or their designees shall jointly deliver or mail them in the envelopes, which shall be sealed, to the appropriate town clerk, who shall retain them until delivered in accordance with section 9-140c.

      (i) When an institution is located in a town having a primary, the registrar in that town of the party holding the primary shall appoint for each such institution, one designee of the party-endorsed candidates and one designee of the contestants from the lists, if any, submitted by the party-endorsed candidates and contestants. Such registrar shall notify all party-endorsed candidates and all contestants of their right to submit a list of potential designees under this section. Each party-endorsed candidate and each contestant may submit to such registrar in writing a list of names of potential designees, provided any such list shall be submitted not later than ten days before the primary. If no such lists are submitted within said period, such registrar shall appoint one designee of the party-endorsed candidates and one designee of the contestants. Each designee appointed pursuant to this section shall be sworn to the faithful performance of his duties, and the registrar shall file a certificate of each designation with his town clerk.

      (j) Any registrar of voters who has filed a request that the absentee balloting at an institution be supervised and any registrar required to conduct a supervision of voting under this section, who neglects to perform any of the duties required of him by this section so as to cause any elector to lose his vote shall be guilty of a class A misdemeanor. Any registrar from the same town as a registrar who has filed such a request may waive his right to participate in the supervision of absentee balloting.

      (k) Notwithstanding any provision of this section to the contrary, if the spouse or a child of a registrar of voters or a dependent relative residing in the registrar's household is a candidate in the election or primary for which supervised absentee voting is to occur, such registrar shall not supervise such absentee voting but may designate the deputy registrar of voters or an assistant registrar of voters, appointed by the registrar pursuant to section 9-192, to supervise the absentee voting in his place.

      (l) Notwithstanding any provision of the general statutes, if a town clerk receives twenty or more absentee ballot applications from the same street address in a town, including, but not limited to, an apartment building or complex, absentee ballots voted by the electors submitting such applications may, at the discretion of the registrars of voters of such town, be voted under the supervision of such registrars of voters or their designees in accordance with the same procedures set forth in this section for supervised absentee voting at institutions.

      (P.A. 81-424, S. 3; P.A. 82-426, S. 1, 14; P.A. 84-319, S. 16, 49; P.A. 85-577, S. 6; P.A. 86-179, S. 41, 53; P.A. 87-532, S. 7, 10; P.A. 90-1, S. 1, 5; P.A. 91-128, S. 1; P.A. 93-230, S. 6; P.A. 95-177, S. 2, 7; P.A. 97-112, S. 2; P.A. 05-235, S. 4.)

      History: P.A. 82-426 amended section to clarify that supervision is to be performed by registrars in the town of the voter's voting residence, to allow registrars to refuse an administrator's request for supervision if the institution is in another town and to change the definition of "institution" by adding veterans health care facilities, state supported institutions and hospitals and deleting reference to hospitals for tuberculous, mentally ill or mentally retarded persons; P.A. 84-319 amended section to provide uniformity in procedures for marking absentee ballot envelopes, substituting "rejected" for "not voted" designation in Subsecs. (f) and (g); P.A. 85-577 amended Subsec. (b) to require filing not later than the seventh day prior to an election or primary, replacing previous filing deadlines of thirty-one days before election and twenty days before primary; P.A. 86-179 made technical changes; Sec. 9-146a transferred to Sec. 9-159n in 1987; P.A. 87-532 amended Subsec. (a) to make section applicable only to institutions in which less than twenty of the patients are electors; Sec. 9-159n transferred to Sec. 9-159q in 1989; P.A. 90-1 added provision in Subsec. (f) re right to vote ballot in secret; P.A. 91-128 amended Subsecs. (b) and (d) to require supervised voting to be held not later than last business day before election or primary; P.A. 93-230 added Subsec. (j) re disqualification of registrar when immediate family member is a candidate; P.A. 95-177 moved definition of institution to new Subsec. (a) and added definition of "designee", relettered Subsecs. (a) to (j) as (b) to (k), amended relettered Subsec. (g) by adding "as the case may be", provision re designees of different candidates, deleting provisions re elector "unable to vote", adding provision re registrars or designees unable to determine how elector desires to vote, and replaced provision allowing any elector of registrar's town other than an employee of institution to serve as designee with new Subsec. (i) re party-endorsed candidate designees and contestant designees at primaries, effective January 1, 1996; P.A. 97-112 replaced "home for the aged" with "residential care home"; P.A. 05-235 amended Subsec. (a)(1) to include an assisted living facility in definition of "institution" and added Subsec. (l) re supervised absentee voting by applicants from same street address, at discretion of registrars, effective July 1, 2005, and applicable to elections, primaries and referenda held on or after September 1, 2005.

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