CHAPTER 143
ELECTORS: QUALIFICATIONS AND ADMISSION

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Sec. 9-20. Admission of electors; procedure.
Sec. 9-21a. Search of computerized voter registration records. Duplicate registrations.
Sec. 9-35c. Names on inactive registry list not to be counted for computing required number of petition signatures, minimum percentage of voting electors.
Sec. 9-36. Availability of preliminary registry list. Distribution.
Sec. 9-37. Final registry list. Availability of registrars of voters.
Sec. 9-38. Availability of final registry list. Updated registry list.
Sec. 9-39. Distribution of copies of final registry list.
Sec. 9-42. Restoration of names to active registry list under certain circumstances. Requirements re completion and use of inactive registry list.
Sec. 9-42a. Change of name on registry list. Change in name of candidate not to affect name appearing on ballot.
Sec. 9-50a. Compilation of changes to active and inactive registry lists.
Sec. 9-50b. State-wide centralized voter registration system.
Sec. 9-53. Notice of sessions.
Sec. 9-54. Compilation and maintenance of enrollment lists and list of unaffiliated electors.
Sec. 9-55. Printing of complete enrollment lists and lists of unaffiliated electors.
Sec. 9-65. Statement to Secretary of registration, enrollment and addition and removal statistics.

      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 Bureau of Rehabilitative Services 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; P.A. 11-44, S. 37.)

      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 Sec. 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 18 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; P.A. 11-44 amended Subsec. (c) by replacing "Commission on the Deaf and Hearing Impaired" with "Bureau of Rehabilitative Services", effective July 1, 2011.

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      Sec. 9-21a. Search of computerized voter registration records. Duplicate registrations. (a) The Secretary of the State, at such times as the Secretary determines, may cause a search to be made of computerized voter registration records to identify electors who may be registered in more than one town. The Secretary may compile, from such search, a list of possible duplicate registrations in any town or towns and transmit such list to the registrars of voters of the appropriate town or towns.

      (b) Upon receipt of such list from the Secretary, the registrars may make such additional investigation as they deem necessary to determine if any elector in their town whose name appears on such list was previously registered in another town. The registrars of voters shall send to each elector on the registry list in their town, who the registrars of voters determine to be the same person who was previously registered in another town, a notice of duplicate registration in a form prescribed by the Secretary of the State stating that (1) based on a computer search of voter registration records it appears that the elector may have been registered to vote in another town before registering in the registrars' town, (2) as the result of such previous registration, the elector is no longer entitled to remain on the registry list in the previous town, and (3) unless the elector contacts the registrars of voters within thirty days to confirm that the elector is still entitled to be on the registry list in the previous town, the elector's name shall be removed from the list. The notice of duplicate registration shall include a form on which the elector may confirm that the elector is entitled to be on an active registry list because the elector is a bona fide resident of the registrars' town and either is not the person whose name appears on the registry list of another town, or has registered in the registrars' town after registering in any other town.

      (c) When an elector whose name appears on the inactive list files the confirmation provided for in this section, the elector's name shall be restored to the active list. No elector shall be removed from the registry list pursuant to this section unless both registrars of voters agree that such elector has subsequently registered to vote in another town.

      (P.A. 97-154, S. 21, 27; P.A. 11-173, S. 29.)

      History: P.A. 97-154 effective July 1, 1997; P.A. 11-173 amended Subsec. (b) by replacing references to "subsequently registered", "after having registered", "subsequent registration" and "registrars' town" with references to "previously registered", "before registering", "previous registration" and "previous town", respectively, and made technical changes, effective July 13, 2011.

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      Sec. 9-35c. Names on inactive registry list not to be counted for computing required number of petition signatures, minimum percentage of voting electors. Notwithstanding the provisions of sections 9-238, 9-406 and 9-436 and other provisions of the general statutes, the names of electors on the inactive registry list compiled under section 9-35 shall not be counted for purposes of computing the number of petition signatures required. Each elector on such inactive registry list who, in the determination of the registrars, has signed a petition pursuant to the general statutes, giving the same address as appears on the inactive registry list, shall forthwith be placed on the active registry list compiled under said section 9-35. Each such elector shall be counted for purposes of future computations of the number of signatures required on future petitions issued for other electoral events. The names of electors on the inactive registry list compiled pursuant to section 9-35 shall not be counted for purposes of computing the minimum percentage of the number of electors required in any charter or special act, if such charter or special act requires approval of a referendum by a minimum percentage of electors qualified on the last-completed registry list or has a similar requirement.

      (P.A. 94-121, S. 8, 33; P.A. 96-134, S. 8, 9; P.A. 11-173, S. 1.)

      History: P.A. 94-121 effective January 1, 1995; P.A. 96-134 added language re discounting names of electors on inactive registry list for purposes of computing minimum percentage of electors required in charter or special act, effective May 29, 1996; P.A. 11-173 deleted language re voting machines, effective July 13, 2011.

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      Sec. 9-36. Availability of preliminary registry list. Distribution. The list for which provision is made in section 9-35 shall be termed the preliminary registry list and such list shall be available in the office of the registrars of voters for public inspection and copies shall be made available for distribution by the registrars of voters. Whenever the registrars of voters are not in their office, such list shall be available at another municipal office. The registrars of voters shall, upon request, give to any candidate for election a copy of the preliminary registry list for each voting district for which such person is a candidate.

      (1949 Rev., S. 1003; 1953, S. 538d; 1967, P.A. 227; 1971, P.A. 92; P.A. 89-19, S. 2, 4; P.A. 11-173, S. 2.)

      History: 1967 act added "and shall be on file in such office until the printing of the next preliminary registry list"; 1971 act substituted "has been completed and filed" for "the printing of" and substituted in the order appearing "reproduced" for "printed" and "made available" for "printed"; P.A. 89-19 added provision requiring registrars to give copies of lists to general assembly candidates; P.A. 11-173 replaced provisions re completion and certification of list with provisions re availability of list and deleted references to General Assembly, effective July 13, 2011.

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      Sec. 9-37. Final registry list. Availability of registrars of voters. The registrars of voters or the assistant registrars of voters shall be available for at least one day during the fourteen-day period immediately before all elections for revisions and corrections of the preliminary list which, when completed, shall be termed "the final registry list" for such election. In each municipality, availability of the registrars of voters shall be the posted office hours in such municipality for the registrars of voters.

      (1949 Rev., S. 1004; 1953, S. 539d; 1963, P.A. 202; P.A. 75-287, S. 3; P.A. 77-298, S. 1; P.A. 81-350, S. 10, 17; P.A. 83-391, S. 10, 24; P.A. 84-146, S. 5; P.A. 96-134, S. 2, 9; P.A. 11-173, S. 3.)

      History: 1963 act placed the fixing of the number of sessions in the registrars rather than the selectmen; P.A. 75-287 added provision that any person whose name has been removed since the last regular election may apply to registrars to add his name to list and further provided that on the third Saturday before a primary, registrars shall hold an additional session to hear requests for adding names, having published notice of such session at least five days in advance; P.A. 77-298 added "fourteenth day" to "third Saturday before a primary" and changed "session" to "sessions"; P.A. 81-350 amended section to require registrars to post notice of sessions to revise and correct preliminary registry list at the office of the town clerk on and after July 1, 1981, and eliminated the procedure whereby electors were permitted to apply to the registrars to have a name added to or deleted from the registry list; P.A. 83-391 deleted reference to board for admission of electors; P.A. 84-146 made technical change re posting of notice on signpost; P.A. 96-134 deleted reference to mandatory session on the third Saturday before a primary and added provision that publication need not be in the form of a legal advertisement, effective May 29, 1996; P.A. 11-173 replaced former provisions with provisions re final registry list and availability of registrars, effective July 13, 2011.

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      Sec. 9-38. Availability of final registry list. Updated registry list. The registrars of voters in all towns shall produce a final registry list in accordance with the provisions of section 9-37 and certified by such registrars of voters to be correct. Such final registry list and an updated list that contains the names and addresses of electors to be transferred, restored or added to such list, shall be available in the municipal clerk's office not later than the day following the last day that an elector may make changes to the elector's registration and shall be available in the registrars of voters' office for public inspection. Whenever the registrars of voters are not in their office, such list shall be available at another municipal office.

      (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; P.A. 06-196, S. 52; P.A. 11-173, S. 4.)

      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; P.A. 06-196 made a technical change, effective June 7, 2006; P.A. 11-173 replaced former provisions re deposit of final registry list and supplementary list with provisions re production, certification and availability of final registry list and re updated list and made a technical change, effective July 13, 2011.

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      Sec. 9-39. Distribution of copies of final registry list. The registrars of voters of each municipality shall print copies of the final registry list for distribution in such municipality and in all the voting districts located therein. The registrars shall, upon request, produce for any candidate for election the final registry list for each voting district for which such person is a candidate and shall maintain such list, either on paper or in electronic format, for a period of two years.

      (1949 Rev., S. 1009; 1953, S. 541d; 1963, P.A. 201, S. 1; P.A. 78-153, S. 23, 32; P.A. 89-19, S. 3, 4; P.A. 11-173, S. 5.)

      History: 1963 act provided for registrars to retain at least six copies of the final registry list to be available for public use until the next printing; 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. 89-19 reduced from six to two the number of copies of registry lists that registrars are required to retain, and required registrars to give copies of lists to general assembly candidates; P.A. 11-173 deleted language referencing Secs. 9-12 to 9-45, requirement re retention of 2 copies of lists and references to General Assembly, added language re maintenance of list on paper or in electronic format and made technical changes, effective July 13, 2011.

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      Sec. 9-42. Restoration of names to active registry list under certain circumstances. Requirements re completion and use of inactive registry list. (a) If it appears at any time that the name of an elector who was formerly admitted or registered as an elector in a town and who is a bona fide resident of such town has been omitted from the active registry list compiled under section 9-35 by clerical error, the registrars of voters shall add such name to such list; provided no name shall be added to the active registry list on election day without the consent of both registrars of voters.

      (b) If it appears at any time that the name of an elector who was formerly admitted or registered as an elector in a town and who is a bona fide resident of such town has been omitted from the active registry list, the registrars of voters shall, upon submission of a new application for voter registration signed by the elector under penalties of false statement, add such name to the active registry list, provided no name shall be added to the active registry list on election day without the consent of both registrars of voters.

      (c) The registrars of voters shall cause the inactive registry list compiled under section 9-35 to be completed and printed and available to the public. The registrars of voters shall provide copies for use in the polling place on election day. If on election day the name of an elector appears on such inactive registry list, including the name of an elector who has not responded to a confirmation of voting residence notice under subsection (e) of section 9-35 and has not voted in two consecutive federal elections, such name shall be added to the active registry list upon submission of a new application for voter registration signed by the elector, under penalties of false statement, before an election official at the polling place and upon the consent of both registrars of voters or assistant registrars of voters, as the case may be, in the polls.

      (d) The name of no elector shall be added to the active registry list under the provisions of this section, unless the elector's name or some name intended for his name was on the active registry list for at least one of the four years previous.

      (1949 Rev., S. 1011; 1953, S. 544d; February, 1965, P.A. 407, S. 6; P.A. 73-630, S. 14, 19; P.A. 75-23, S. 1, 2; P.A. 77-283, S. 2; P.A. 83-213, S. 5; P.A. 85-577, S. 1; P.A. 94-121, S. 26, 33; June 30 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-6, S. 94; P.A. 11-173, S. 6.)

      History: 1965 act removed the reference to one year residency in state; P.A. 73-630 substituted "is a bona fide resident of such town" for "has resided in the town the six months next preceding such election"; P.A. 75-23 deleted provision that name not be restored which was passed on by the registrars at any of the sessions previously held for correction of list and further provided that name to be restored must have been on the corrected list for either of the two years previous instead of the year previous; P.A. 77-283 added provision "upon presentation under oath of satisfactory evidence that such elector is still a bona fide resident of the town" name shall be added to list; P.A. 83-213 amended section to provide that name may be added at any time and not just at election; P.A. 85-577 required that elector's name have been on list for at least one of the four previous years rather than for one of the two previous years; P.A. 94-121 divided the section into subsections and amended Subsec. (a) by substituting "active registry list compiled under section 9-35" for "corrected list", added Subsec. (b) by transferring provisions from Subsec. (a) and repealing requirement that evidence be presented under oath to registrar, added Subsec. (c) re completion and use of inactive registry list, and amended Subsec. (d) for consistency with amendment to Subsec. (a), effective January 1, 1995; June 30 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-6 amended Subsec. (c) by inserting "including the name of an elector who has not responded to a confirmation of voting residence notice under subsection (e) of section 9-35 and has not voted in two consecutive federal elections", effective January 1, 2004; P.A. 11-173 amended Subsecs. (b) and (c) by replacing language re written request and affirmation stating elector still a bona fide resident with language re submission of new application, amended Subsec. (c) by replacing language re deposit of list with language re availability of list, amended Subsec. (d) by deleting language re preliminary active registry lists, and made technical changes, effective July 13, 2011.

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      Sec. 9-42a. Change of name on registry list. Change in name of candidate not to affect name appearing on ballot. (a) On the written request of any elector who identifies himself to the satisfaction of the registrars of voters, such registrars shall make any changes in the name of such elector as it appears on the registry list, provided such elector furnishes reasonable evidence to the registrars that the name as changed is a lawful name of such elector. No such change shall be made between the Tuesday of the fifth week before a regular election and the day of such election.

      (b) No such change in the name of a candidate at a primary shall affect the name of the candidate as it appears on the primary ballot. No such change in the name of a major party candidate at an election shall affect the name of such candidate as it appears on the election ballot. No such change in the name of a minor party candidate or a nominating petition candidate for any office at an election shall affect the name of such candidate as it appears on the election ballot.

      (February, 1965, P.A. 308, S. 1; P.A. 77-163; P.A. 79-363, S. 9, 38; P.A. 83-475, S. 8, 43; P.A. 87-382, S. 5, 55; P.A. 11-173, S. 7.)

      History: P.A. 77-163 deleted enumeration of changes in name authorized; P.A. 79-363 added provision that the elector furnish reasonable evidence to the registrars that the name is a lawful name and deleted other restrictions; P.A. 83-475 established time limits for candidate name changes prior to primary or election; P.A. 87-382 divided section into Subsecs., added Subsec. (a) defining "municipal office" and amended Subsec. (c) to provide that change in name under Subsec. (b) does not affect name of candidate on primary ballot unless elector is candidate for town committee or municipal office, name of major party candidate on election ballot unless elector is candidate for municipal office or name of any minor party candidate or nominating petition candidate on election ballot unless change made by fifty-fifth day preceding election day; P.A. 11-173 deleted former Subsec. (a) re definition of "municipal office", redesignated existing Subsecs. (b) and (c) as Subsecs. (a) and (b) and amended redesignated Subsec. (b) by deleting language re candidate for town committee or municipal office and re changes made not later than a certain day, effective July 13, 2011.

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      Sec. 9-50a. Compilation of changes to active and inactive registry lists. The registrars of voters of each town shall compile a list of (1) all persons whose names were added, restored, removed or erased from the active and inactive registry lists, (2) all electors who changed either their names or addresses, and (3) all persons sent notices required under the National Voter Registration Act of 1993, P.L. 103-31, as amended from time to time, and all persons who have replied to such notices. Such list shall include, but not be limited to, each such person's or elector's (A) name, (B) former name, (C) address, (D) former address, (E) voting district, and (F) party affiliation, if any. The registrars shall make each such list available to the public in accordance with the provisions of section 1-210.

      (P.A. 87-462, S. 1, 2; P.A. 94-121, S. 28, 33; P.A. 11-173, S. 8.)

      History: P.A. 94-121 substituted "active and inactive registry lists" for "registry list" and added Subdiv. (3) re persons sent notices required under National Voter Registration Act, effective January 1, 1995; P.A. 11-173 deleted language re monthly compilation and zip codes and made technical changes, effective July 13, 2011.

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      Sec. 9-50b. State-wide centralized voter registration system. (a) As used in this section, "state-wide centralized voter registration system" means a computerized system designed and maintained by the Secretary of the State which includes: (1) Voter registration information prescribed by the Secretary, (2) information contained in applications for admission as electors described in section 9-20, (3) information needed to compile registry lists and enrollment lists under sections 9-35 and 9-54, (4) information required by section 9-50a, and (5) other information for use in complying with the provisions of this title.

      (b) Not later than July 1, 2003, each registrar of voters shall transmit to the office of the Secretary of the State all elector information required by the office to complete the state-wide centralized voter registration system. Each registrar shall transmit such information in a format prescribed by the Secretary. Not later than September 1, 2003, each registrar of voters shall participate in the state-wide centralized voter registration system in the manner prescribed by the Secretary.

      (c) Not later than sixty days after each election or primary, the registrars of voters shall update the state-wide centralized voter registration system and indicate whether the eligible voters on the official registry list for such election or primary voted and, if so, if they voted in person or by absentee ballot.

      (P.A. 03-117, S. 1; P.A. 07-194, S. 11; P.A. 11-173, S. 25.)

      History: P.A. 03-117 effective June 18, 2003; P.A. 07-194 added Subsec. (d) requiring that state-wide system be updated after each election or primary, effective July 5, 2007; P.A. 11-173 deleted former Subsec. (c) re maintenance of separate list, redesignated existing Subsec. (d) as Subsec. (c) and amended same to add 60-day deadline and delete "promptly", effective July 13, 2011.

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      Sec. 9-53. Notice of sessions. The registrars of voters in each municipality in which an enrollment session is to be held shall give notice of such session, and of the purpose, day, hours and place thereof, by publication in a newspaper published in or having a circulation in such municipality, not more than fifteen nor less than five days before such session. Nothing in this section shall require that such publication be in the form of a legal advertisement. In each municipality divided into voting districts, any session for enrollment in such municipality may, if the registrars of voters so decide, be held in each such district by assistant registrars of voters appointed under section 9-192, provided the registrars of voters in the notice shall specify the place in each such district in which such session is to be held. When such a session is so held in each such district by such assistant registrars of voters, within forty-eight hours after the close of each of such sessions, each of such assistant registrars of voters shall deliver to the registrar of whom he is the appointee a true and attested list or lists, as made by such assistant registrars of voters at such session, showing all enrollments and corrections, if any, by them made, together with a list of all applications rejected under the provisions of sections 9-60 and 9-63.

      (1949 Rev., S. 1172; 1953, 1955, S. 554d; 1957, P.A. 442, S. 4; 1963, P.A. 393, S. 4; February, 1965, P.A. 275, S. 3; 1967, P.A. 352, S. 4; P.A. 77-298, S. 4; P.A. 93-230, S. 4; P.A. 95-171, S. 4, 14; P.A. 96-134, S. 4, 5, 9; P.A. 11-173, S. 30.)

      History: 1963 act removed requirement of posting notice of session on public signpost and changed time limit for publishing notice; 1965 act modified time of publication to "not more than 10 nor less than" 5 days; 1967 act changed last amendment to 15 instead of 10 days; P.A. 77-298 changed 15 days back to 10; P.A. 93-230 specified that publication need not be in form of a legal advertisement; P.A. 95-171 added "two" re municipalities divided into voting districts, effective January 8, 1997; P.A. 96-134 required publication of notice of enrollment session not more than 15 rather than 10 days before a session, effective May 29, 1996; P.A. 11-173 deleted language re towns with 2 voting districts that elect registrars for each district and made technical changes, effective July 13, 2011.

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      Sec. 9-54. Compilation and maintenance of enrollment lists and list of unaffiliated electors. The registrars of voters shall compile separate lists of all qualified electors making application for enrollment according to the declared political preference of such electors. Before each primary at which unaffiliated electors are authorized to vote, under section 9-431, the registrars of voters shall also compile a list of unaffiliated electors which shall be a component of the official checklist to be used at such primary. In those towns having cities or boroughs within, and not coterminous with, their limits, the registrars of voters shall also prepare such lists for use in such cities or boroughs; and when towns, cities or boroughs are divided into wards or voting districts, the registrars shall also prepare such lists for such wards or voting districts. Any town, city, consolidated town and city, or consolidated town and borough may, by vote of its legislative body, require the registrars of voters to designate the party affiliation, if any, of each elector on the registry list with the name of such elector, and, if it is so voted, may provide for the continuance or discontinuance of separate enrollment lists, except as provided in section 9-55. Whenever an elector's name has been removed from the registry list or transferred upon the registry list because of a change of address within the municipality, pursuant to section 9-35, such name shall also, at the same time, be removed from or transferred upon the enrollment list or upon the list of unaffiliated electors, if applicable. In all municipalities, when a transfer of enrollment between separate lists of the same political party is made because of the removal of an elector from one voting district or ward to another voting district or ward in the same municipality, the registrars of voters shall transfer the name of such elector from the list on which it appears to the enrollment list of the same political party in the voting district or ward to which such elector has removed unless such elector has made application for erasure or transfer of enrollment to the list of another party. All such enrollment lists and lists of unaffiliated electors shall be arranged in the manner provided by section 9-35 for the arrangement of registry lists in such town except as modified by sections 9-51 to 9-65, inclusive.

      (1949 Rev., S. 1173; 1953, S. 555d; 1957, P.A. 442, S. 5; 1971, P.A. 685, S. 2; 1972, P.A. 26; P.A. 77-298, S. 5; P.A. 78-153, S. 28, 32; P.A. 83-475, S. 10, 43; P.A. 87-509, S. 3, 24; P.A. 95-171, S. 5, 14; P.A. 11-173, S. 31.)

      History: 1971 act added provision authorizing legislative body to vote discontinue maintenance of separate enrollment lists and to require registrars to designate party affiliation on registry lists, added authority for registrars to make changes and corrections at any time except within 5 days before a primary, caucus or convention and changed references to enrollment sessions for purposes of making changes and corrections to the making of the change itself; 1972 act amended provision for action by legislative body so that in addition to authority to require registrars to designate party affiliation on the registry list, such body may vote for continuance or discontinuance of separate enrollment lists; P.A. 77-298 changed period registrars may not make changes and corrections before a primary, caucus or convention from 5 to 14 days; P.A. 78-153 changed 14 days to 1 day before a caucus or convention; P.A. 83-475 amended section to facilitate changes of address within a municipality; P.A. 87-509 added provisions requiring registrars to compile list of unaffiliated electors and added reference to Sec. 9-55; P.A. 95-171 added "two" re municipalities divided into voting districts, effective January 8, 1997; P.A. 11-173 deleted language re towns with 2 voting districts that elect registrars for each district and made technical changes, effective July 13, 2011.

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      Sec. 9-55. Printing of complete enrollment lists and lists of unaffiliated electors. (a) The registrars of voters shall cause to be printed at least once during the calendar year a complete enrollment list and shall make such list available to the public upon request.

      (b) If a political party authorizes unaffiliated electors to vote in a primary, under section 9-431, and a notice of primary is published, the registrars shall cause a list of all unaffiliated electors eligible to vote in the primary to be printed before such primary. If unaffiliated electors are authorized to vote in only one party's primary and are authorized to vote for all offices to be contested at the primary, the registrars may print the list of unaffiliated electors in combination with such party's enrollment list, indicating party affiliation where applicable.

      (c) If the legislative body of the municipality votes to eliminate separate enrollment lists under section 9-54 and:

      (1) Notices of primaries are published for two parties to be held on the same day, the registrars of voters shall print complete separate enrollment lists and, if unaffiliated electors are authorized to vote in the primary, the registrars of voters shall print a separate list of unaffiliated electors as provided in subsection (b) of this section; or

      (2) A notice of primary is published for one party in which unaffiliated electors are authorized to vote for some but not all offices to be contested at the primary, the registrars of voters shall print a complete separate enrollment list and a separate list of unaffiliated electors as provided in subsection (b) of this section; or

      (3) A notice of primary is published for only one party and (A) unaffiliated electors are not authorized to vote, or (B) unaffiliated electors are authorized to vote for all offices to be contested at the primary, a registry list may be used as a checklist at the primary and the registrars of voters shall print a supplementary or updated list indicating those electors who have become eligible to vote in the primary since the printing of the registry list.

      (d) Whenever a list is required by this section to be printed, a supplement to such list shall be compiled by the registrars of voters of persons who after such date and prior to twelve o'clock noon of the last business day before the primary become eligible to vote in such primary. The registrars of voters may combine such separate compilation with the foregoing printed list by reprinting the list or incorporating the updated list.

      (e) The registrars of voters shall make available for public use such list in the office of the registrars of voters until the printing of the next completed enrollment list; and they shall deliver to the chairman of the town committee of each political party copies of each such list for each voting district in the town. Whenever the registrars of voters are not in their office, such list shall be available at another municipal office. Upon request, the registrars of voters shall give one complete set of such lists to each candidate for nomination for any office or for election as a town committee member. The registrars of voters shall deliver a sufficient number of copies thereof to the moderator of each primary. No petition brought under the provisions of section 9-63 shall operate to delay the completion and printing of such lists. If the petition of any elector is granted after any such list has been completed, the registrars of voters or assistant registrars of voters, as the case may be, shall issue to such elector a certificate showing that the elector is entitled to the privileges accompanying enrollment in the political party named in the elector's petition.

      (1949 Rev., S. 1182; 1953, 1955, June, 1955, S. 556d; November, 1955, S. N40; 1957, P.A. 442, S. 6; 1963, P.A. 201, S. 2; 1967, P.A. 370; P.A. 75-269, S. 3; P.A. 76-128, S. 8, 11; P.A. 77-298, S. 6; P.A. 80-281, S. 7, 31; P.A. 87-382, S. 7, 55; 87-509, S. 4, 24; P.A. 99-276, S. 3, 15; P.A. 03-241, S. 4; P.A. 11-173, S. 9.)

      History: 1963 act reduced copies of registry lists to be filed with town clerk to one and added provision requiring registrars to keep copies available for public use; 1967 act added provision for one copy to be filed with the town clerk, available for public use until next completed corrected list is available; P.A. 75-269 provided for a supplementary list to be printed within two weeks after session held on third Saturday before primary; P.A. 76-128 provided for separate supplementary list of those attaining age or citizenship qualifications after third Saturday and before day of primary and enrolling during that period; P.A. 77-298 deleted provision for printing of list within three weeks after completion of each mandatory enrollment session and substituted provision for printing of list at least once during calendar year, changed provision for supplementary list to be printed within one, instead of two weeks after session held on fourteenth day, instead of third Saturday, before a primary and, with reference to the separate supplementary list of those attaining qualifications within period before primary, changed reference to fourteenth day, instead of third Saturday; P.A. 80-281 added "residence" to qualifications of "age and citizenship" attained during period between fourteenth day before and day of primary; P.A. 87-382, in first sentence, deleted "attains the qualification as to age, citizenship or residence for admission as an elector", substituted "twelve o'clock noon on the last business day before" for "the day of", added reference to Sec. 9-56 and deleted "during such period", but changes were superseded by provisions of P.A. 87-509; P.A. 87-509 divided section into Subsecs., added new Subsecs. (b), (c) and (d) re, respectively, when registrars required to cause list of unaffiliated electors to be printed, requirements when legislative body of municipality votes to eliminate separate enrollment lists and compilation of supplementary list and, in Subsec. (e), required registrars to give one complete set of list to each candidate for election as town committee member or delegate to convention; P.A. 99-276 added references to "or updated" list, effective January 1, 2000; P.A. 03-241 amended Subsec. (e) by eliminating requirement that registrars give set of lists to each candidate for election as delegate to a convention, effective January 1, 2004, and applicable to primaries and elections held on or after that date; P.A. 11-173 deleted language re deadline one week after the session held on the fourteenth day before the primary and requirements re specific numbers of copies, amended Subsec. (a) by replacing language re copies of corrected enrollment list with language re availability of complete enrollment list, amended Subsec. (d) by deleting language re insertion of names and re supplementary list, amended Subsec. (e) by deleting language re filing of copy with town clerk, by making list available in registrars of voters' office or another municipal office, rather than town clerk's office, and by deleting language re retention of copies, and made technical changes, effective July 13, 2011.

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      Sec. 9-65. Statement to Secretary of registration, enrollment and addition and removal statistics. (a) After the last session of the registrars of voters under section 9-17 before each election, the registrars of voters in each municipality shall submit in writing to the Secretary of the State a statement setting forth the total number of names of new electors added to the registry list, and the total number of names of former electors removed from the registry list, in such municipality during the period between the two most recent such last sessions. Such statement shall be submitted annually at a time to be determined by the Secretary of the State.

      (b) Not later than a week after the last session of the registrars of voters before an election under section 9-17, the Secretary of the State shall issue a report on the total number of electors on the active and inactive registry list, the total number of electors enrolled on each active and inactive party enrollment list and the total number of unaffiliated electors on the active and inactive registry list in such municipality, as reported by the registrars of voters on the state-wide centralized voter registration system. The Secretary shall omit from such report electors on the last-completed registry list or enrollment lists who have died, but shall include electors who have acquired electoral or enrollment privileges since the last-completed registry list or enrollment lists were perfected.

      (1957, P.A. 442, S. 14; 1961, P.A. 109; 1969, P.A. 40, S. 1; P.A. 73-113; P.A. 83-391, S. 12, 24; P.A. 85-577, S. 2; P.A. 93-384. S. 6; P.A. 95-171, S. 6, 14; P.A. 96-119, S. 1, 14; P.A. 97-154, S. 22, 27; P.A. 07-194, S. 8; P.A. 11-173, S. 32.)

      History: 1961 act changed "June" to "August" in first sentence; 1969 act provided for addition of total number of unaffiliated electors to be reported and further provided that the report omit those who have died and include those who have acquired electoral or enrollment privileges since lists were perfected; P.A. 73-113 deleted "during the last week of August in each year" and substituted "within a week after the last session of the board for admission of electors before an election"; P.A. 83-391 deleted reference to board for admission of electors and added Subsec. (b) requiring registrars' statement re electors added or removed; P.A. 85-577 established late filing fee and guidelines for assuming timely filing in Subsec. (a); P.A. 93-384 inserted "or by electronically transmitted facsimile" in Subsec. (a)(2); P.A. 95-171 amended Subsec. (a) by adding "two" re municipalities divided into voting districts and amended Subsec. (b) by deleting provision re submission of statement in municipalities divided into voting districts, effective January 8, 1997; P.A. 96-119 amended Subsec. (b) to require statement to be submitted by registrars of voters of the first district in municipalities divided into two voting districts that elect registrars of voters for each district, effective January 8, 1997; P.A. 97-154 amended Subsec. (a) re statements to Secretary of the State to require total number of electors to be from "active and inactive" registry and party enrollment lists, to require total number of unaffiliated electors to be from "active and inactive" registry lists, and to delete late filing fee for registrars who fail to submit required statements within time required, effective July 1, 1997; P.A. 07-194 deleted former Subsec. (a) re report to Secretary of the State, redesignated existing Subsec. (b) as Subsec. (a) and added new Subsec. (b) re report issued by Secretary of the State, effective July 5, 2007; P.A. 11-173 deleted language re towns with 2 voting districts that elect registrars for each district in Subsec. (a), effective July 13, 2011.

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