CHAPTER 153
NOMINATIONS AND POLITICAL PARTIES

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Sec. 9-391. Time for party endorsements for municipal offices and town committee members. Time for selection of delegates to conventions. Certification. Late certification void.
Sec. 9-413a. Registrar to certify accuracy of enrollment list provided to candidate circulating primary petition.
Sec. 9-418. Failure of party to endorse; municipal office.
Sec. 9-450. Vacancy elections.

PART III
NOMINATION OF CANDIDATES

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MAJOR PARTIES

      Sec. 9-391. Time for party endorsements for municipal offices and town committee members. Time for selection of delegates to conventions. Certification. Late certification void. (a) Each endorsement of a candidate to run in a primary for the nomination of candidates for municipal office to be voted upon at a municipal election, or for the election of town committee members shall be made under the provisions of section 9-390 not earlier than the fifty-sixth day or later than the forty-ninth day preceding the day of such primary. The endorsement shall be certified to the clerk of the municipality by the chairman or presiding officer and the secretary of the town committee, caucus or convention, as the case may be, not later than four o'clock p.m. on the forty-eighth day preceding the day of such primary. Such certification shall contain the name and street address of each person so endorsed, the title of the office or the position as committee member and the name or number of the political subdivision or district, if any, for which each such person is endorsed. If such a certificate of a party's endorsement is not received by the town clerk by such time, such party, for purposes of sections 9-417, 9-418 and 9-419, shall be deemed to have neither made nor certified such endorsement of any candidate for such office.

      (b) Each selection of delegates to a state or district convention shall be made in accordance with the provisions of section 9-390 not earlier than the one-hundred-fortieth day and not later than the one-hundred-thirty-third day preceding the day of the primary for such state or district office. Such selection shall be certified to the clerk of the municipality by the chairman or presiding officer and the secretary of the town committee or caucus, as the case may be, not later than four o'clock p.m. on the one-hundred-thirty-second day preceding the day of such primary. Each such certification shall contain the name and street address of each person so selected, the position as delegate, and the name or number of the political subdivision or district, if any, for which each such person is selected. If such a certificate of a party's selection is not received by the town clerk by such time, such party, for purposes of sections 9-417 and 9-420, shall be deemed to have neither made nor certified any selection of any person for the position of delegate.

      (c) Each endorsement of a candidate to run in a primary for the nomination of candidates for a municipal office to be voted upon at a state election shall be made under the provisions of section 9-390 not earlier than the eighty-fourth day or later than the seventy-seventh day preceding the day of such primary. Any certification to be filed under this subsection shall be received by the Secretary of the State, in the case of a candidate for the office of state senator or state representative, or the town clerk, in the case of a candidate for any other municipal office to be voted upon at a state election, not later than four o'clock p.m. on the fourteenth day after the close of the town committee meeting, caucus or convention, as the case may be. If such a certificate of a party's endorsement is not received by the Secretary of the State or the town clerk, as the case may be, by such time, such party, for the purposes of sections 9-417 and 9-418, shall be deemed to have neither made nor certified any endorsement of any candidate for such office. The candidate so endorsed for a municipal office to be voted upon at a state election, other than the office of justice of the peace, shall file with the Secretary of the State or the town clerk, as the case may be, a certificate, signed by that candidate, stating that such candidate was so endorsed, the candidate's name as the candidate authorizes it to appear on the ballot, the candidate's full street address and the title and district of the office for which the candidate was endorsed. Such certificate shall be attested by the chairman or presiding officer and the secretary of the town committee, caucus or convention which made such endorsement. The endorsement of candidates for the office of justice of the peace shall be certified to the clerk of the municipality by the chairman or presiding officer and the secretary of the town committee, caucus or convention, and shall contain the name and street address of each person so endorsed and the title of the office for which each such person is endorsed.

      (June, 1955, S. 575d; November, 1955, S. N47; 1957, P.A. 518, S. 2; September, 1957, P.A. 1, S. 1; 1958 Rev., S. 9-76; 1963, P.A. 17, S. 19; P.A. 74-25, S. 4, 13; P.A. 81-447, S. 8, 23; P.A. 82-247, S. 9, 14; P.A. 83-475, S. 25, 43; P.A. 84-1, S. 1, 3; P.A. 85-235, S. 1; P.A. 87-382, S. 40, 55; 87-472, S. 4; P.A. 89-297, S. 13, 18; P.A. 90-1, S. 2, 5; P.A. 03-241, S. 22; P.A. 04-1, S. 1; 04-257, S. 8; P.A. 05-235, S. 17.)

      History: 1963 act restated previous provisions; P.A. 74-25 changed time limitations on selection of party-endorsed candidates from "forty-ninth" to "forty-second" and from "thirty-fifth" to "fortieth" and on certification to the clerk from the "thirty-fourth" to the "thirty-ninth" day or next succeeding business day, effective January 1, 1975; P.A. 81-447 added Subsec. (b) requiring filing of certificate of endorsement by candidate; P.A. 82-247 added four o'clock deadline for certification and provided that if certificate of endorsement is not received by that deadline the party will be deemed to have neither made nor certified any endorsement; P.A. 83-475 amended section to advance endorsement and certification period by one week; P.A. 84-1 changed time limit for endorsement of candidates for election as convention delegates and for certification of endorsement; P.A. 85-235 amended section to require all endorsements to be made not earlier than the forty-ninth day nor later than the forty-seventh day preceding the day of primary; and certifications to be made on the forty-sixth day preceding such primary, deleting previous deadlines applicable to election of convention delegates; P.A. 87-382, in Subsec. (a), substituted "fifty-sixth" for "forty-ninth" and deleted provision extending certificate deadline when falling on a Saturday, Sunday or legal holiday and, in Subsec. (b), added "as he authorizes it to appear on the ballot"; P.A. 87-472 added provisions in Subsec. (a) re information required to be contained in certification and requirements for placing on ballot label names of candidates supported by endorsed candidates for delegates to a convention; P.A. 89-297 amended Subsec. (a) by changing endorsement deadline from forty-seventh day preceding primary day to forty-ninth day and changing certification deadline from forty-sixth day preceding primary day to forty-eighth day; P.A. 90-1 amended procedure in Subsec. (a) for placing on ballot label names of candidates supported by endorsed delegate slate by providing for letters of support for such candidates and allowing affidavit of consent from the candidate to be signed by a designee of the candidate named on list signed by candidate; P.A. 03-241 amended Subsec. (a) by inserting "to be voted upon at a municipal election", deleting provisions re convention delegate candidates and making conforming changes, and substituted new Subsecs. (b) and (c), re convention delegate selection and endorsement of candidates to run in primaries for nomination of candidates for municipal offices to be voted upon at state elections, for former Subsec. (b), effective January 1, 2004, and applicable to primaries and elections held on or after that date; P.A. 04-1 amended Subsec. (b) by changing "one-hundred-sixty-eighth day" to "one-hundred-fortieth day", "one-hundred-sixty-first day" to "one-hundred-thirty-third day" and "one-hundred-sixtieth day" to "one-hundred-thirty-second day", effective February 9, 2004, and applicable to primaries and elections held on or after that date; P.A. 04-257 made a technical change in Subsecs. (a) and (c), effective June 14, 2004; P.A. 05-235 amended Subsec. (c) to require certification to be received by Secretary of the State in case of candidate for office of state senator or state representative and make conforming changes.

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      Sec. 9-413a. Registrar to certify accuracy of enrollment list provided to candidate circulating primary petition. A registrar of voters who provides an enrollment list of a political party in a municipality, political subdivision or district to a candidate who will be circulating a primary petition for nomination by such party of such candidate to a state, district or municipal office, in accordance with sections 9-404a and 9-404b or sections 9-409 and 9-410, shall certify on the first page of such enrollment list that such list is the most recent and, to the best knowledge of the registrar, accurate enrollment list of such party in such municipality, political subdivision or district.

      (P.A. 05-235, S. 19.)

      History: P.A. 05-235 effective July 1, 2005.

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      Sec. 9-418. Failure of party to endorse; municipal office. (a) If within the time specified in section 9-391, a party has failed, with respect to the office of state senator or state representative, to certify to the Secretary of the State, or with respect to any other municipal office to be filled, to certify to the clerk of the municipality, the name of any person as a party-endorsed candidate, and if within the time specified in section 9-405, a candidacy for nomination to such office is filed in conformity with the provisions of sections 9-400 to 9-414, inclusive, by not more than one person, no primary shall be held by such party for such office and the person filing such candidacy shall be deemed to have been lawfully chosen as the nominee of such party for such office.

      (b) If within the time specified in section 9-391, a party has failed, with respect to any municipal office to be filled by two or more persons, to certify to the clerk of the municipality names of persons as party-endorsed candidates equal in number to the number of persons to be nominated to such office, and if within the time specified in section 9-405, a candidacy or candidacies for nomination to such office are filed in conformity with the provisions of sections 9-400 to 9-414, inclusive, by a number of persons not more than the number for which the party has failed to certify names, no primary shall be held by such party for such office, and each of the party-endorsed candidates and each of the persons filing such candidacies shall be deemed to have been lawfully chosen as the nominees of such party for such office.

      (November, 1955, S. N69; 1957, P.A. 518, S. 16; 1958 Rev., S. 9-97; 1963, P.A. 17, S. 45; P.A. 79-616, S. 14; P.A. 05-235, S. 18.)

      History: 1963 act restated previous provisions; P.A. 79-616 changed reference from Sec. 9-399 to Sec. 9-400 where appearing; P.A. 05-235 divided section into Subsecs. (a) and (b), amended Subsec. (a) by adding "the office of state senator or state representative, to certify to the Secretary of the State, or with respect to" and "other", and amended Subsec. (b) by adding "by two or more persons".

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      Sec. 9-450. Vacancy elections. Nominations by major parties for any state, district or municipal office to be filled under the provisions of any law relating to elections to fill vacancies, unless otherwise provided therein, shall be made in accordance with the provisions of sections 9-382 to 9-450, inclusive.

      (1) In the case of nominations for representatives in Congress and judges of probate in probate districts composed of two or more towns, provided for in sections 9-212 and 9-218, if the writs of election are issued by the Governor on or before the twenty-first day of May in an even-numbered year and the election is to be held on the day of the state election in such year, the state central committee or other authority of each party shall, not later than the twenty-fourth day of May in such year, publish notice of the date for the selection of delegates to the state or district convention to designate the party-endorsed candidate for the office to be filled. Such selection shall be made not earlier than the fifty-sixth day after publication of such notice and not later than the fifth day before the convention. If such writs of election are issued after the twenty-first day of May in such year, or if the election is to be held on any day other than the day of the state election, the day scheduled for the election shall be not earlier than the ninety-first day following the day on which such writs of election are issued. The state central committee or other authority of each party shall, not later than the eighty-fourth day preceding the day of the election, publish notice of the day for the selection of delegates to the state or district convention to designate the party-endorsed candidate for the office to be filled, which day shall be not earlier than the twenty-eighth day following such publication and not later than the fifty-sixth day preceding the day of the election. The selected delegates to such convention shall be certified to the town clerks not later than the twenty-first day preceding the day of such primary. The state or district convention shall be convened not earlier than the fifth day following such primary and closed not later than the forty-ninth day preceding the day of the election. Contesting candidacies for nomination to the office to be filled shall be filed not later than four o'clock p.m. on the fifth day following the close of such convention. The Secretary of the State shall fix the day for the primary of each party for the nomination to the office to be filled, which day shall be not earlier than the twenty-first day following the close of such convention and not later than the twenty-first day preceding the day of the election.

      (2) In the case of judges of probate in probate districts composed of a single town, the day named for the election shall be not earlier than the one-hundred-fifteenth day following the day on which the writ of election is issued, and the times specified in sections 9-391, 9-405 and 9-423 shall be applicable.

      (3) In the case of a vacancy in the office of senator in Congress occurring seventy or more days prior to a state election, the party-endorsed candidate of each party for such office shall be designated at the state convention of such party held for the endorsement of candidates for the state offices to be filled at such election; contesting candidacies for nomination to such office shall be filed not later than four o'clock p.m. on the fourteenth day following the close of such convention; and the primary of such party for nomination to such office shall be held simultaneously with the primaries of such party for nomination to the state and district offices to be filled at such election. If, at the time such vacancy in the office of senator in Congress occurs, such state convention has already been closed, it shall be reconvened by call of the chairman of the state central committee of such party, which call shall be mailed to each delegate selected for such convention not less than seventy-two hours prior to such reconvening; such reconvened convention shall be closed not later than the tenth day following the occurrence of such vacancy. The party-endorsed candidate of such party for such office shall be designated at such reconvened convention. Contesting candidates for nomination to such office shall be filed not later than four o'clock p.m. on the fifth day following the close of such reconvened convention. If the primaries of such party for nomination to the state and district offices to be filled at the state election are held not earlier than the twenty-eighth day following the close of such reconvened convention, the primary of such party for nomination to the office of senator in Congress to fill such vacancy shall be held simultaneously with the primaries of such party for nomination to such state and district offices; otherwise, the Secretary of the State shall fix the day for the primary of such party for such nomination to the office of senator in Congress, which day shall be not earlier than the twenty-eighth day following the close of such reconvened convention and not later than the twenty-first day preceding the day of the state election.

      (4) The times specified in sections 9-391, 9-405 and 9-423 shall be applicable to any special town election held to fill a vacancy in any town office under subsection (b) of section 9-164. Except as provided under subsection (c) of section 9-164, any election held to fill a vacancy in any municipal office under the provisions of any special act shall be held not earlier than the one-hundred-twenty-seventh day following the day upon which warning of such election is issued, and the times specified in sections 9-391, 9-405 and 9-423 shall be applicable.

      (June, 1955, S. 610d; November, 1955, S. N95; 1957, P.A. 119, S. 1; 518, S. 32; 1958 Rev., S. 9-123; 1963, P.A. 17, S. 74; P.A. 75-206, S. 4, 7; P.A. 79-616, S. 21; P.A. 87-382, S. 48, 55; P.A. 93-202, S. 2; P.A. 00-66, S. 26; P.A. 03-241, S. 51; P.A. 05-188, S. 3; 05-235, S. 32.)

      History: 1963 act restated previous provisions; P.A. 75-206 changed in Subsec. (a) the determining day before or after which election writs are issued from the tenth day of April to the twenty-first day of May and changed date of action by state central committee when such writs issued on or before that date to no later than the twenty-fourth day of May, in Subsec. (b) changed day of election to no earlier than the one-hundred-fifth day following issuance of writ instead of the ninetieth, in Subsec. (c) changed application of subsection to vacancy occurring seventy or more days prior to state election rather than sixty days, further provided for the twenty-eighth day rather than the twenty-first day following the reconvened convention to be the determining day and changed the ninetieth to the one-hundred-fifth day as the limitation in Subsec. (d); P.A. 79-616 changed reference from Sec. 9-399 to Sec. 9-400; P.A. 87-382, in Subsec. (a) added reference to Sec. 9-423 and sentence re deadlines for delegate primaries and changed deadline for filing of contesting candidacies for nomination from fourteenth to fifth day following close of convention, in Subsec. (b) changed earliest day for election from one-hundred-fifth to one-hundred-fifteenth-day following day on which writ of election is issued, in Subsec. (c) changed deadline for filing of contesting candidacies for nomination from fourteenth to fifth day following close of convention, and in Subsec. (d) changed earliest day for election from one-hundred-fifth to one-hundred-twenty-seventh day following day on which warning of election is issued; P.A. 93-202 amended Subsec. (d) by inserting specific reference to "subsection (b) of" Sec. 9-164 and by adding exception re Subsec. (c) of Sec. 9-164; P.A. 00-66 replaced alphabetic Subdiv. indicators with numeric indicators; P.A. 03-241 changed provisions re election of delegates to selection of delegates in Subdivs. (1) and (3), effective January 1, 2004, and applicable to primaries and elections held on or after that date; P.A. 05-188 amended Subdiv. (1) to substantially revise procedure for vacancy elections for office of representative in Congress and judge of probate, effective July 1, 2005; P.A. 05-235 restored provisions of Subdiv. (1) that were deleted by P.A. 05-188, effective July 8, 2005.

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