Substitute Senate Bill No. 1092
         Substitute Senate Bill No. 1092

              PUBLIC ACT NO. 97-154


AN ACT AMENDING THE ELECTION LAWS.


    Be  it  enacted  by  the  Senate  and House of
Representatives in General Assembly convened:
    Section   1.  Section  9-236  of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed  and   the   following   is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a)  On  the day of any primary, referendum or
election, no person shall solicit in behalf of  or
in  opposition  to  the  candidacy  of  another or
himself or in behalf of or in  opposition  to  any
question   being  submitted  at  the  election  or
referendum, or  loiter  or  peddle  or  offer  any
advertising  matter, ballot or circular to another
person within a radius of seventy-five feet of any
outside entrance in use as an entry to any polling
place or in  any  corridor,  passageway  or  other
approach leading from any such outside entrance to
such polling place or in any room opening upon any
such  corridor,  passageway or approach, except as
provided in section 9-294.  Nothing  contained  in
this  section  shall  be construed to prohibit (1)
parent-teacher  associations   or   parent-teacher
organizations  from  holding  bake  sales or other
fund-raising activities on the day of any primary,
referendum  or  election  in  any school used as a
polling place, provided such sales  or  activities
shall  not  be  held  in  the  room  in  which the
election booths are located, [.  Nothing  in  this
section  shall  be  construed to prohibit] (2) the
registrars of voters from directing the  officials
at   a   primary,   referendum   or   election  to
distribute, within the restricted  area,  adhesive
labels  on  which are imprinted the words "I Voted
Today" OR  (3)  THE  REGISTRARS  OF  VOTERS  IN  A
PRIMARY,   ELECTION  OR  REFERENDUM  FROM  JOINTLY
PERMITTING NONPARTISAN ACTIVITIES TO BE  CONDUCTED
IN  A  ROOM  OTHER  THAN  THE  ROOM  IN  WHICH THE
ELECTION BOOTHS ARE LOCATED.  THE  REGISTRARS  MAY
JOINTLY  IMPOSE SUCH CONDITIONS AND LIMITATIONS ON
SUCH NONPARTISAN ACTIVITY AS DEEMED  NECESSARY  TO
ENSURE   THE   ORDERLY   PROCESS  OF  VOTING.  THE
MODERATOR SHALL EVICT ANY PERSON WHO  IN  ANY  WAY
INTERFERES WITH THE ORDERLY PROCESS OF VOTING.
    (b)  (1)  The selectmen shall provide suitable
markers to indicate the seventy-five-foot distance
from  such entrance. Such markers shall consist of
a board resting on an iron rod, which board  shall
be  not less than twelve inches square and painted
a bright color and  shall  bear  the  figures  and
letters "75 feet" and the following words: "On the
day of any  primary,  referendum  or  election  no
person shall solicit in behalf of or in opposition
to another or  himself  or  peddle  or  offer  any
ballot,  advertising matter or circular to another
person or loiter within a radius  of  seventy-five
feet of any outside entrance in use as an entry to
any polling place or in any  corridor,  passageway
or  other  approach  leading from any such outside
entrance to such polling  place  or  in  any  room
opening  upon  any  such  corridor,  passageway or
approach." (2) Notwithstanding the  provisions  of
subdivision  (1) of this [section] SUBSECTION, the
selectmen may provide the markers required by  the
provisions  of this [section] SUBSECTION in effect
prior to October 1, 1983, except that in the  case
of  a  referendum which is not held in conjunction
with an election or a primary, the selectmen shall
provide the markers required by subdivision (1) of
this [section] SUBSECTION. (3) The  moderator  and
his  assistants shall meet at least twenty minutes
before the opening of a primary, referendum or  an
election  in  the voting district, and shall cause
to be placed by a police officer or constable,  or
such  other  primary  or election official as they
select, a suitable  number  of  distance  markers.
Such  moderator or any police officer or constable
shall prohibit loitering and peddling  of  tickets
within that distance.
    (c) No person except those permitted or exempt
under this section  or  section 9-236a and primary
or election officials and party checkers appointed
under section 9-235  shall  be  allowed within any
polling place except  for  the  purpose of casting
his vote. Representatives  of the news media shall
be allowed to  enter,  remain within and leave any
polling place or  restricted  area surrounding any
polling place to  observe  the  election, provided
any such representative  who in any way interferes
with  the  orderly  process  of  voting  shall  be
evicted by the  moderator. A number of students in
grades four to  twelve,  inclusive,  not to exceed
four at any one time in any one polling place, may
enter any polling  place  between  twelve  o'clock
noon and three  o'clock  p.m.  for  the purpose of
observing  the activities  taking  place  therein,
provided  there  is  proper  parental  or  teacher
supervision  present, and  provided  further,  any
such student who  in  any  way interferes with the
orderly process of  voting shall be evicted by the
moderator. An elector  may be accompanied into any
polling place by  one  or  more  children  who are
[ten]  FIFTEEN  years   of   age  or  younger  and
supervised by the  elector,  IF THE ELECTOR IS THE
PARENT OR LEGAL  GUARDIAN  OF  SUCH  CHILDREN. Any
person who violates  any provision of this section
or, while the  polls  are open for voting, removes
or injures any  such  distance  marker,  shall  be
fined not more  than  fifty  dollars or imprisoned
not more than three months or both.
    Sec.  2.  Section 9-7b of the general statutes
is repealed and the following  is  substituted  in
lieu thereof:
    The  State  Elections  Enforcement  Commission
shall have the following duties and powers:
    (1)   To   make   investigations  on  its  own
initiative or with  respect  to  statements  filed
with  the commission by the Secretary of the State
or any town clerk, or upon written complaint under
oath  by  any  individual, with respect to alleged
violations  of  any  provision  of   the   general
statutes   [pertaining  to  or]  relating  to  any
election [, primary] or  referendum,  ANY  PRIMARY
HELD  PURSUANT  TO  SECTION 9-423, 9-424, 9-425 OR
9-464 OR ANY PRIMARY HELD PURSUANT  TO  A  SPECIAL
ACT,  and  to  hold  hearings  when the commission
deems necessary to investigate violations  of  any
provisions  of the general statutes [pertaining to
or] relating to  any  such  election,  primary  or
referendum,  and  for the purpose of such hearings
the  commission  may  administer  oaths,   examine
witnesses   and   receive   oral  and  documentary
evidence, and shall have  the  power  to  subpoena
witnesses  under  procedural  rules the commission
shall adopt, to compel  their  attendance  and  to
require  the  production  for  examination  of any
books  and  papers  which  the  commission   deems
relevant  to  any matter under investigation or in
question. In connection with its investigation  of
any  alleged violation of any provision of chapter
145, or of  any  provision  of  section  9-359  or
section 9-359a, the commission shall also have the
power to  subpoena  any  municipal  clerk  and  to
require  the  production  for  examination  of any
absentee ballot, inner  and  outer  envelope  from
which any such ballot has been removed, depository
envelope containing any such ballot  or  inner  or
outer  envelope as provided in sections 9-150a and
9-150b and any other record, form or  document  as
provided in section 9-150b, in connection with the
election,  primary  or  referendum  to  which  the
investigation  relates.  In  case  of a refusal to
comply with any subpoena issued pursuant  to  this
subsection  or  to  testify  with  respect  to any
matter upon which  that  person  may  be  lawfully
interrogated,  the superior court for the judicial
district of Hartford-New Britain*, on  application
of  the  commission,  may issue an order requiring
such person to comply with such  subpoena  and  to
testify;  failure  to  obey  any such order of the
court may be punished by the court as  a  contempt
thereof.  In  any matter under investigation which
concerns the operation or inspection of or outcome
recorded on any voting machine, the commission may
issue an order to the municipal clerk  to  impound
such machine until the investigation is completed;
    (2)  To levy a civil penalty not to exceed two
thousand dollars per offense  against  any  person
the  commission  finds  to  be in violation of any
provision of chapter 145 or 150, part V of chapter
146,  part  I  of  chapter  147, chapter 148, this
section, section 9-12, subsection (a)  of  section
9-17,  section  9-19b, 9-19e, 9-19g, 9-19h, 9-19i,
9-20, 9-21, 9-23a, 9-23g, 9-23h, 9-23j  to  9-23o,
inclusive,  9-26, 9-31a, 9-32, 9-35, 9-35b, 9-35c,
9-40a, 9-42,  9-43,  9-50a,  9-56,  9-59,  9-168d,
9-170,  AS  AMENDED  BY  SECTION  16  OF THIS ACT,
9-171, 9-172, AS AMENDED BY  SECTION  17  OF  THIS
ACT, 9-409, 9-410, 9-412, 9-436, 9-436a, 9-453e to
9-453h,  inclusive,  9-453k  or  9-453o,  after  a
hearing  conducted  in  accordance  with  sections
4-176e to 4-184, inclusive. In the case of failure
to  pay  any  such penalty levied pursuant to this
subsection within thirty days  of  written  notice
sent  by  certified  or  registered  mail  to such
person,  the  superior  court  for  the   judicial
district  of Hartford-New Britain*, on application
of the commission, may issue  an  order  requiring
such  person  to  pay the penalty imposed and such
court costs, sheriff's fees  and  attorney's  fees
incurred  by  the  commission  as  the  court  may
determine;
    (3)  To  issue  an  order requiring any person
the  commission  finds  to   have   received   any
contribution or payment which is prohibited by any
of  the  provisions  of  chapter  150,  after   an
opportunity  to be heard at a hearing conducted in
accordance with the provisions of sections  4-176e
to  4-184,  inclusive, to return such contribution
or payment to the donor or payor, or to remit such
contribution  or  payment to the state for deposit
in the General Fund, whichever is deemed necessary
to  effectuate the purposes of chapter 150. In the
case of a refusal to comply with such order of the
commission,  the  superior  court for the judicial
district of Hartford-New Britain*, on  application
of  the  commission,  may issue a further order to
comply. Failure to obey such further order may  be
punished by the court as a contempt thereof;
    (4)  To  inspect  or  audit  at any reasonable
time and upon reasonable notice  the  accounts  or
records  of  any  campaign  treasurer or principal
campaign treasurer, as required by chapter 150 and
to  audit any such election, primary or referendum
held within the  state;  provided,  it  shall  not
audit any caucus, as defined in subdivision (1) of
section 9-372;
    (5)    To    attempt   to   secure   voluntary
compliance, by  informal  methods  of  conference,
conciliation and persuasion, with any provision of
chapters 149  to  153,  inclusive,  or  any  other
provision  of  the general statutes [pertaining to
or] relating to  any  such  election,  primary  or
referendum;
    (6)  To  consult  with  the  Secretary  of the
State, the Chief State's Attorney or the  Attorney
General  on  any matter which the commission deems
appropriate;
    (7)  To  refer  to  the Chief State's Attorney
evidence bearing upon violation of  any  provision
of  chapters  149  to 153, inclusive, or any other
provision of the general statutes pertaining to or
relating   to   any   such  election,  primary  or
referendum;
    (8)  To refer to the Attorney General evidence
for injunctive  relief  and  any  other  ancillary
equitable   relief   in   the   circumstances   of
subdivision (7) of this section. Nothing  in  this
subdivision  shall  preclude  a  person who claims
that  he  is  aggrieved  by  a  violation  of  any
provision of chapter 152 or any other provision of
the general statutes relating  to  referenda  from
pursuing   injunctive   and  any  other  ancillary
equitable relief directly from the Superior  Court
by the filing of a complaint;
    (9)  To refer to the Attorney General evidence
pertaining to  any  ruling  which  the  commission
finds to be in error made by election officials in
connection with any election, [or]  primary  [held
for  the purpose of selecting a nominee for public
office] or [any] referendum.  Those  remedies  and
procedures  available  to  parties  claiming to be
aggrieved under the provisions of sections  9-323,
9-324,  9-328  and 9-329a, AS AMENDED BY SECTION 3
OF THIS ACT, shall apply to any complaint  brought
by  the  Attorney  General  as  a  result  of  the
provisions of this subdivision;
    (10)   To   consult  with  the  United  States
Department  of  Justice  and  the  United   States
Attorney  for  Connecticut  on  any  investigation
pertaining to a violation of this section, section
9-12,  subsection  (a)  of section 9-17 or section
9-19b, 9-19e, 9-19g,  9-19h,  9-19i,  9-20,  9-21,
9-23a,  9-23g,  9-23h,  9-23j to 9-23o, inclusive,
9-26, 9-31a,  9-32,  9-35,  9-35b,  9-35c,  9-40a,
9-42,  9-43,  9-50a,  9-56 or 9-59 and to refer to
said department and attorney evidence bearing upon
any  such  violation  for  prosecution  under  the
provisions of the National Voter Registration  Act
of  1993,  P.L.  103-31,  as  amended from time to
time;
    (11)   To   inspect  reports  filed  with  the
Secretary  of  the  State  and  with  town  clerks
pursuant  to  chapter  150  and refer to the Chief
State's  Attorney  evidence   bearing   upon   any
violation  of  law  therein  if such violation was
committed knowingly and wilfully;
    (12)   To  intervene  in  any  action  brought
pursuant to  the  provisions  of  sections  9-323,
9-324,  9-328  and 9-329a, AS AMENDED BY SECTION 3
OF THIS ACT, upon  application  to  the  court  in
which  such  action is brought when in the opinion
of the court it is necessary to preserve  evidence
of  possible  criminal  violation  of the election
laws;
    (13)   To   adopt   and   publish  regulations
pursuant to chapter 54 to carry out the provisions
of  section 9-7a, this section and chapter 150; to
issue upon request and publish  advisory  opinions
in   the   Connecticut   Law   Journal   upon  the
requirements  of  chapter   150,   and   to   make
recommendations to the General Assembly concerning
suggested revisions of the election laws;
    (14)   To   the   extent  that  the  Elections
Enforcement  Commission   is   involved   in   the
investigation  of  alleged  or  suspected criminal
violations  of  any  provision  of   the   general
statutes  pertaining  to  or  relating to any such
election, primary or referendum and is engaged  in
such  investigation  for the purpose of presenting
evidence  to  the  Chief  State's  Attorney,   the
Elections Enforcement Commission shall be deemed a
law enforcement agency for purposes of subdivision
(3)  of  subsection  (b) of section 1-19, provided
nothing in this  section  shall  be  construed  to
exempt the Elections Enforcement Commission in any
other respect from the  requirements  of  sections
1-15, 1-18a, 1-19 to 1-19b, inclusive, 1-21, 1-21a
and 1-21c to 1-21k, inclusive;
    (15)    To   enter   into   such   contractual
agreements as may be necessary for  the  discharge
of   its   duties,   within   the  limits  of  its
appropriated  funds   and   in   accordance   with
established procedures; and
    (16)  To  provide  the  Secretary of the State
with notice and copies of all  decisions  rendered
by  the  commission  in  contested cases, advisory
opinions and declaratory judgments,  at  the  time
such decisions, judgments and opinions are made or
issued.
    Sec.   3.   Section   9-329a  of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed  and   the   following   is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a)  Any (1) elector or candidate aggrieved by
a ruling of an  election  official  in  connection
with any primary [as provided in] HELD PURSUANT TO
(A) section 9-423, 9-424, 9-425 or 9-464 or (B)  A
SPECIAL  ACT,  (2)  ELECTOR  OR  CANDIDATE  OR who
alleges that there has been a mistake in the count
of  the  votes  cast at such primary, or [any] (3)
candidate in such a primary who alleges that he is
aggrieved  by  a  violation  of  any  provision of
sections 9-355, 9-357 to 9-361, inclusive,  9-364,
9-364a or 9-365 in the casting of absentee ballots
at such primary, may bring his  complaint  to  any
judge   of  the  Superior  Court  for  appropriate
action. In any  action  brought  pursuant  to  the
provisions  of this section, the complainant shall
send a copy of the complaint by first-class  mail,
or deliver a copy of the complaint by hand, to the
State Elections Enforcement  Commission.  If  such
complaint is made prior to such primary such judge
shall proceed expeditiously to render judgment  on
the  complaint  and  shall  cause  notice  of  the
hearing to be given to the Secretary of the  State
and the State Elections Enforcement Commission. If
such complaint is made subsequent to such  primary
it  shall  be  brought, within fourteen days after
such primary, to any judge of the Superior Court.
    (b)   Such   judge  shall  forthwith  order  a
hearing to be held upon such complaint upon a  day
not  more than five nor less than three days after
the making of such order, and shall  cause  notice
of  not  less  than  three days to be given to any
candidate  or  candidates  in  any  way   directly
affected  by  the  decision  upon such hearing, to
such election official, to the  Secretary  of  the
State,  the State Elections Enforcement Commission
and to any other  person  or  persons,  whom  such
judge  deems  proper  parties thereto, of the time
and place of the hearing upon such complaint. Such
judge  shall,  on  the day fixed for such hearing,
and without delay, proceed to hear the parties and
determine   the   result.   If,   after   hearing,
sufficient reason is shown, such judge  may  order
any  voting  machines to be unlocked or any ballot
boxes to be opened and  a  recount  of  the  votes
cast, including absentee ballots, to be made. Such
judge shall thereupon, if he finds  any  error  in
the  ruling  of the election official, any mistake
in the count of the votes or any violation of said
sections,  certify  the  result  of his finding or
decision to the Secretary of the State before  the
tenth day following the conclusion of the hearing.
Such judge may (1) determine the  result  of  such
primary;  (2)  order  a  change  in  the  existing
primary schedule; or (3) order a new primary if he
finds  that but for the error in the ruling of the
election official, any mistake in the count of the
votes  or  any  violation  of  said  sections, the
result of such primary might have  been  different
and  he  is unable to determine the result of such
primary.
    (c)  The  certification  by  the  judge of his
finding or decision shall be final and  conclusive
upon  all  questions  relating  to  errors  in the
ruling  of  such   election   official,   to   the
correctness  of  such count, and, for the purposes
of this section only, such alleged violations, and
shall   operate   to   correct   any   returns  or
certificates  filed  by  the  election  officials,
unless  the  same  is appealed from as provided in
section 9-325. In the event a new primary is  held
pursuant  to such Superior Court order, the result
of such new primary shall be final and  conclusive
unless  a  complaint  is  brought pursuant to this
section. The clerk of the  court  shall  forthwith
transmit  a copy of such findings and order to the
Secretary of the State.
    Sec.   4.   Section   9-329b  of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed  and   the   following   is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    At  any  time  prior to a primary [as provided
in] HELD PURSUANT TO sections 9-423, 9-424,  9-425
and  9-464,  OR  A  SPECIAL  ACT  or  prior to any
election, the Superior Court may  issue  an  order
removing  a candidate from a ballot label where it
is shown that said candidate is improperly on  the
ballot.
    Sec.  5. Section 9-330 of the general statutes
is repealed and the following  is  substituted  in
lieu thereof:
    Any  judge having jurisdiction over any action
brought under section 9-323, 9-324, [or] 9-328  OR
9-329a, AS AMENDED BY SECTION 3 OF THIS ACT, shall
have the power, if sufficient reason is shown,  to
order  the  examination  and testing of any voting
machines.
    Sec.   6.   Section   9-158c  of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed  and   the   following   is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a)  [Each]  NOT  EARLIER THAN FORTY-FIVE DAYS
BEFORE THE ELECTION AND NOT LATER THAN  THE  CLOSE
OF  THE  POLLS  ON ELECTION DAY, EACH resident, or
former  resident  who  desires  to   vote   in   a
presidential  election  under  sections  9-158a to
9-158m, inclusive, AS AMENDED  BY  THIS  ACT,  may
apply  for  a  "presidential  ballot" [not earlier
than forty-five, nor less than seven  days  before
the  election,] to the municipal clerk of the town
in which he is  qualified  to  vote  on  the  form
prescribed   in  section  9-158d,  AS  AMENDED  BY
SECTION  7  OF  THIS  ACT.  [provided  any  former
resident  may  apply for such a ballot at any time
prior to the closing of  the  polls.]  Application
for  a "presidential ballot" may be made in person
or absentee, in the manner provided  for  applying
for  an  absentee  ballot  under section 9-140, AS
AMENDED BY SECTION  11  OF  THIS  ACT,  except  as
provided   in  said  sections  9-158a  to  9-158m,
inclusive.
    (b)  Each overseas elector who desires to vote
in a federal  election  under  subsection  (b)  of
section  9-158b  may  apply for an overseas ballot
not earlier than (1) the forty-fifth day preceding
a  federal election which is a general election or
a general election  held  in  conjunction  with  a
special   election   and  (2)  the  thirtieth  day
preceding a federal election which is a primary or
a federal election which is a special election not
held  in  conjunction  with  a  general  election.
Application shall be made to the town clerk of the
municipality in which he is so qualified  to  vote
on  a form prescribed in subsection (b) of section
9-158d.
    (c)    Notwithstanding   the   provisions   of
subdivision (1) of subsection (b) of this section,
in  any  year  in  which  the date of a primary is
advanced pursuant to subdivision (2) of subsection
(a)  of  section  9-376, overseas electors may not
apply for an  overseas  ballot  earlier  than  the
fortieth day preceding a federal election which is
a general election or a general election  held  in
conjunction with a special election.
    Sec.  7.  Subsection  (a) of section 9-158d of
the general statutes is repealed and the following
is substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a)  The application for a presidential ballot
shall be [in the form of an affidavit executed  in
duplicate,   and   sworn   to  before  an  officer
authorized to administer oaths, and] A FORM SIGNED
IN  DUPLICATE  BY  THE  APPLICANT UNDER PENALTY OF
FALSE STATEMENT IN ABSENTEE BALLOTING, WHICH shall
provide substantially as follows:
Connecticut
    I,  the  undersigned,  [swear]  DECLARE  UNDER
PENALTY OF FALSE STATEMENT IN  ABSENTEE  BALLOTING
that the following statements are true:
    1. I am a citizen of the United States.
    2.   I   have   not   forfeited  my  electoral
privileges   because   of    conviction    of    a
disfranchising crime.
next presidential election, I shall be at least 18
years of age. Check and complete 4 or 5, whichever
applies:
    4.  RESIDENT. I am a bona fide resident of the
above town, to which I am making this application,
    5.  FORMER RESIDENT. I am a former resident of
the  above  town,  to  which  I  am  making   this
moved  from  such  town  to  my  present  town  of
within thirty days before the  date  of  the  next
presidential  election,  and  for  that  reason  I
cannot  register  to  vote  in  said  presidential
election in my present town of residence. I am now
therein.
    6.  I hereby apply for a "presidential ballot"
not voted and will not vote otherwise than by this
ballot at that election. I am not eligible to vote
for  electors  of  President and Vice-President in
any other town in  Connecticut  or  in  any  other
state.
    7.  The  said  ballot  is  to  be  given to me
personally mailed to me at
                       officer administering oath)
The oath to be administered in connection with any
such  application  may  be  administered  by   any
officer   empowered   to  administer  oaths  under
section  1-24  or   any   officer   empowered   to
administer oaths under the laws of any state or by
any commissioned officer in the armed  forces,  or
any   consul,   vice   consul   or  deputy  consul
representing  the  United  States  in  a   foreign
country,  and  shall  be  attested by such officer
over his  signature  and  title  or  statement  of
rank.]
    Sec.  8.  Subsection  (g) of section 9-167a of
the general statutes is repealed and the following
is substituted in lieu thereof:
    (g)  For  the  purposes  of  this  section,  a
person shall be deemed  to  be  a  member  of  the
political  party  on whose enrolment list his name
appears on the date of his appointment to,  or  of
his nomination as a candidate for election to, any
office  specified  in  subsection  (a)   of   this
section,  provided  any person who has applied for
erasure or transfer of his name from an  enrolment
list  shall  be  considered  a member of the party
from whose list he has so applied for  erasure  or
transfer  for  a period of [six] THREE months from
the date of the filing  of  such  application  and
provided  further  any  person whose candidacy for
election to an office is solely as  the  candidate
of  a  party other than the party with which he is
enrolled shall be deemed to be  a  member  of  the
party of which he is such candidate.
    Sec.  9.  Section 9-60 of the general statutes
is repealed and the following  is  substituted  in
lieu thereof:
    Whenever   the  registrar  of  voters  of  any
political party, or any deputy  registrar  thereof
in  cases  where  it  is  provided by law that the
deputy registrar shall act in the place and  stead
of  the  registrar,  is  of  the  opinion that any
person  on  the  enrolment  list,  or  any  person
applying  to be placed upon the enrolment list, of
the political party which such registrar or deputy
registrar represents is not affiliated with, or in
good faith a member of, that political  party  and
does  not  intend  to  support  its  principles or
candidates, such registrar or deputy registrar, as
the case may be, shall [, except in the case where
the name of any  elector  appears  on  the  ballot
label   at   an   election   only  under  a  party
designation other than  that  of  the  party  with
which  he is enrolled,] cite such person to appear
before him and the chairman of the town  committee
of  such  political  party,  or before him and the
chairman of the same party committee of  the  ward
or  voting  district,  if  in  a town divided into
wards or voting districts; or, where there  is  no
such  chairman, or in the absence or disability of
such chairman, before him and any enrolled  member
of   the  same  political  party  chosen  by  such
registrar or deputy registrar, to show  cause  why
his  name  should  not  be erased or excluded from
such enrolment list. Such  citation  shall  be  in
writing  and  shall  state the time when and place
where such  person  shall  appear,  and  shall  be
served upon or left at the usual place of abode of
such person at least  two  days  before  the  time
fixed  for  such hearing upon such citation, which
time shall not be less than one  week  before  the
next   succeeding   caucus   or  primary  of  such
political party. The  person  leaving  or  serving
such  citation shall make a record of the date and
time of leaving or serving the same and shall make
a  return  to  the  registrar or deputy registrar,
within thirty-six hours thereafter,  of  the  date
and  time  when  such citation was left or served.
If, at  any  such  hearing,  it  appears  to  such
registrar  and such chairman or party member or to
such deputy registrar and such chairman  or  party
member,  as  the  case  may be, that it is not the
bona fide intention of such  person  to  affiliate
with, or that such person is not affiliating with,
such  political  party  and  does  not  intend  to
support  the  principles  or  candidates  of  such
party,  his  name  may  thereupon  be  erased   or
excluded from the enrolment list of such party. If
any elector upon whom a  citation  to  appear,  as
herein  provided,  has been served fails to appear
at the time and place fixed for such hearing, such
registrar or deputy registrar may take such action
as to the erasure or exclusion of the name of such
elector as the facts warrant.
    Sec.  10. Section 9-61 of the general statutes
is repealed and the following  is  substituted  in
lieu thereof:
    Enrolment  in  any  other  political  party or
organization, active affiliation  with  any  other
political party or organization, knowingly being a
candidate at any primary or caucus  of  any  other
party   or  political  organization,  or  being  a
candidate for  office  under  the  designation  of
another  party or organization, within a period of
two years prior to  the  date  of  the  notice  as
provided  in section 9-60, AS AMENDED BY SECTION 9
OF THIS ACT, shall be prima  facie  evidence  that
any   elector  committing  any  such  act  is  not
affiliated with, or in good faith a member of, and
does  not  intend  to  support  the  principles or
candidates of the party upon the enrolment list of
which his name appears or in which his application
for enrolment is  pending;  and,  upon  reasonable
proof  of  the commission of any one of such acts,
the name of any such elector may  be  stricken  or
excluded  from  such  list  and  such  erasure  or
exclusion shall be effective for a period  of  two
years  from the date of any such act. [If the name
of any elector appears on the ballot label  at  an
election only under a party designation other than
that of the  party  with  which  he  is  enrolled,
whether  such  elector was nominated by a major or
minor party or by nominating petition,  such  name
shall  be  removed  from  the enrolment list for a
period of two years from the date of such election
after  which  time  he  may apply for enrolment in
said party.] The same procedure as  to  notice  to
appear   thereon,  return  and  hearing  shall  be
followed as provided in section 9-60,  AS  AMENDED
BY SECTION 9 OF THIS ACT. [except when the name of
any elector appears on  the  ballot  label  at  an
election only under a party designation other than
that of the party with which he is enrolled.]  If,
after full hearing, such registrar and chairman or
party member or such deputy registrar and chairman
or party member, as the case may be, find that the
name of any such elector has  been  wrongfully  or
improperly  stricken  or  excluded from such list,
such name  shall  be  forthwith  placed  upon  the
enrolment list.
    Sec.  11.  Subsection  (a) of section 9-140 of
the general statutes is repealed and the following
is substituted in lieu thereof:
    (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  application  shall  be
signed by the applicant  under  the  penalties  of
false  statement  in absentee balloting on (1) the
form prescribed [and provided] 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, AS AMENDED
BY SECTION 12 OF THIS  ACT,  or  (3)  any  of  the
special  forms  of  application  [provided for in]
PRESCRIBED PURSUANT TO section 9-150c, 9-153a,  AS
AMENDED BY SECTION 12 OF THIS ACT, 9-153b, 9-153d,
AS AMENDED BY SECTION  13  OF  THIS  ACT,  9-153e,
9-153f  or 9-158d, AS AMENDED BY SECTION 7 OF THIS
ACT,  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.
    Sec.   12.   Section  9-153a  of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed  and   the   following   is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    The   form   of  absentee  ballot  application
provided by  any  federal  department  or  agency,
referred  to  in  section  9-140,  AS  AMENDED  BY
SECTION 11 OF THIS ACT, may  be  used  only  by  a
person  in any one of the following categories who
is eligible to vote and who expects to  be  unable
to  appear  at  his  proper  polling place for any
reason specified in section 9-135: (1) Members  of
the  armed  forces, (2) the spouses and dependents
of such members, (3) members of  religious  groups
or welfare agencies assisting members of the armed
forces, who are officially attached to and serving
with  the  armed  forces,  and  their  spouses and
dependents, (4) civilian employees of  the  United
States  in  all  categories  serving  outside  the
territorial limits of the several  states  of  the
United  States  and  the  District of Columbia and
their spouses and dependents when residing with or
accompanying  them, whether or not the employee is
subject to the civil service laws and the  Federal
Classification  Act  of  1949,  and whether or not
paid from funds appropriated by the Congress,  (5)
citizens of the United States temporarily residing
outside of the territorial limits of  the  several
states  of  the  United States and the District of
Columbia and (6) overseas  citizens  qualified  to
vote  under  the  Uniformed  and Overseas Citizens
Absentee Voting Act, 100 Stat. 924, 42 USC  1973ff
et  seq.,  as  amended from time to time. Any such
person may apply for an  absentee  ballot  in  the
manner  provided in said section 9-140, AS AMENDED
BY SECTION 11 OF THIS  ACT,  either  on  the  form
prescribed  [and provided] by the Secretary of the
State under said section, or  on  the  application
form  provided by any federal department or agency
hereinbefore referred to.
    Sec.   13.   Section  9-153d  of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed  and   the   following   is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a)  Either  registrar of voters may, not more
than ninety days before the day of an election, in
a  form  to  be  prescribed  [and provided] by the
Secretary of the State, direct the municipal clerk
forthwith  to  mail  an  absentee ballot, with the
necessary  envelopes  and  instructions,  to   the
best-known  address,  within  the knowledge of the
registrar issuing such direction, of an elector or
applicant  for  admission  as  an  elector  who is
living  outside  the  territorial  limits  of  the
several  states  of  the  United  States  and  the
District of Columbia or who is  a  member  of  the
armed  forces,  or  the  spouse  or dependent of a
member of  the  armed  forces  living  where  such
member  is  stationed,  whether  such address is a
home address or an armed service address, and such
direction  shall constitute sufficient application
for such absentee ballot. The municipal clerk may,
during  such  period, so act of his own motion and
without waiting for the direction of  a  registrar
of voters or other application, if the clerk first
completes  and  retains  in  his  records  as   an
application  the same direction form as is used by
a registrar of voters.
    (b)  Within  the time limits in subsection (b)
of section 9-158c, AS AMENDED BY SECTION 6 OF THIS
ACT,  for availability of overseas ballots, either
registrar  of  voters  may,  in  a  form   to   be
prescribed  [and provided] by the Secretary of the
State, direct the  municipal  clerk  forthwith  to
mail   an  overseas  ballot,  with  the  necessary
envelopes  and  instructions,  to  the  best-known
address,  within  the  knowledge  of the registrar
issuing such direction, of a citizen of the United
States  who  is  eligible  to  vote as an overseas
elector   under   sections   9-158a   to   9-158m,
inclusive,  AS  AMENDED  BY  THIS  ACT,  and  such
direction shall constitute sufficient  application
for such absentee ballot. Such ballot shall not be
counted unless an application form  prescribed  in
subsection  (b)  of  section 9-158d is received by
the town clerk prior to the day of the election or
primary.  The  municipal  clerk  may,  during such
period, so act  on  his  own  motion  and  without
waiting for the direction of a registrar of voters
or other application, if the clerk first completes
and  retains  in his records as an application the
same direction form that is used by a registrar of
voters.
    Sec.   14.   Section  9-150c  of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed  and   the   following   is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    An  applicant  who  applies  for  an  absentee
ballot because of  unforeseen  illness or physical
disability occurring within  six  days immediately
preceding the close  of  the polls at an election,
primary or referendum  OR BECAUSE THE APPLICANT IS
A  PATIENT  IN  A  HOSPITAL  WITHIN  SUCH  SIX-DAY
PERIOD, may appoint  a  designee,  as  defined  in
subsection (b) of  section  9-140b,  AS AMENDED BY
SECTION 15 OF  THIS  ACT, to deliver the ballot to
him, by stating  on  [his]  THE  application, in a
space provided for  that  purpose, (1) the date of
occurrence of the  illness  or  disability  OR THE
NAME AND ADDRESS  OF  THE  HOSPITAL  IN  WHICH THE
APPLICANT IS A PATIENT WITHIN SUCH SIX-DAY PERIOD,
(2) the name,  address  and  category  under  said
subsection, of the  person  so  designated and (3)
the delivery which  the  person  is  designated to
perform, provided the  person  so designated shall
also sign a  statement  on  the application to the
effect that he  consents  to  the  designation and
will perform the  delivery  without tampering with
the  ballot  in   any   way.  If  the  application
designates a person  to  deliver the ballot to the
applicant, that person shall personally submit the
application  to  the   municipal  clerk.  If  such
application is submitted  to  the clerk in person,
within six days immediately preceding the close of
the polls at  an  election or primary, by a person
designated  on  the  application  to  deliver  the
absentee ballot to  the  applicant  as provided in
this section and in subsection (b) of said section
9-140b, and if  the  application  is  dated within
such time, the  clerk  shall  give that person the
absentee voting set.
    Sec.   15.   Section  9-140b  of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed  and   the   following   is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a) An absentee  ballot  shall  be  cast  at a
primary, election or referendum only if: (1) It is
mailed by (A) the ballot applicant, (B) a designee
of a person  who  applies  for  an absentee ballot
because of illness or physical disability or (C) a
member of the immediate family of an applicant who
is a student,  so that it is received by the clerk
of the municipality  in  which  the  applicant  is
qualified to vote  not later than the close of the
polls; (2) it  is  returned  by  the  applicant in
person to the  clerk  by  the day before a regular
election, special election  or primary or prior to
the  opening  of   the  polls  on  the  day  of  a
referendum; (3) it is returned by a designee of an
ill or physically  disabled  ballot  applicant, in
person, to said  clerk not later than the close of
the polls on  the  day of the election, primary or
referendum; [or] (4) IT IS RETURNED BY A MEMBER OF
THE IMMEDIATE FAMILY  OF  THE  ABSENTEE  VOTER, IN
PERSON, TO SAID  CLERK NOT LATER THAN THE CLOSE OF
THE POLLS ON  THE  DAY OF THE ELECTION, PRIMARY OR
REFERENDUM;  OR  [(4)]   (5)  in  the  case  of  a
presidential or overseas  ballot,  it is mailed or
otherwise returned pursuant  to  the provisions of
section 9-158g. A  PERSON  RETURNING  AN  ABSENTEE
BALLOT  TO  THE   MUNICIPAL   CLERK   PURSUANT  TO
SUBDIVISION (3) OR  (4)  OF  THIS SUBSECTION SHALL
PRESENT IDENTIFICATION AND,  ON THE OUTER ENVELOPE
OF THE ABSENTEE  BALLOT,  SIGN  HIS  NAME  IN  THE
PRESENCE OF THE  MUNICIPAL CLERK, AND INDICATE HIS
ADDRESS, HIS RELATIONSHIP  TO  THE  VOTER  OR  HIS
POSITION, AND THE DATE AND TIME OF SUCH RETURN. AS
USED IN THIS  SUBSECTION, 'IMMEDIATE FAMILY' MEANS
"IMMEDIATE FAMILY" AS DEFINED IN SECTION 1-79.
    (b)  As  used  in  this  section  and  section
9-150c, AS AMENDED  BY  SECTION  14  OF  THIS ACT,
"designee" means (1)  a  person  who is caring for
the applicant because  of  the applicant's illness
or physical disability,  including but not limited
to,  a  licensed  physician  or  a  registered  or
practical nurse, (2)  a  member of the applicant's
family, who is  designated  by  an absentee ballot
applicant and who consents to such designation, or
(3) if no  such  person  consents or is available,
then a police officer, registrar of voters, deputy
registrar  of voters  or  assistant  registrar  of
voters in the  municipality in which the applicant
resides.
    (c)  For  purposes  of  this  section "mailed"
means sent by the United States Postal Service  or
any   commercial  carrier,  courier  or  messenger
service recognized and approved by  the  Secretary
of the State.
    (d)  No  person  shall  have in his possession
any official absentee ballot  or  ballot  envelope
for  use  at  any  primary, election or referendum
except the applicant to whom it  was  issued,  the
Secretary  of  the  State or his or her authorized
agents, any official printer  of  absentee  ballot
forms  and  his  designated  carriers,  the United
States Postal Service, any other carrier,  courier
or  messenger  service  recognized and approved by
the Secretary of the State, any person  authorized
by  a  municipal  clerk  to  receive  and  process
official absentee ballot forms on  behalf  of  the
municipal  clerk, any authorized primary, election
or  referendum  official  or  any   other   person
authorized   by   any  provision  of  the  general
statutes to possess a ballot or ballot envelope.
    Sec.   16.   Section   9-170  of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed  and   the   following   is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    At  any  regular  or special town election any
person may vote who is registered as an elector on
the   revised  registry  list  of  the  town  last
completed and he shall vote only in  the  district
in  which he is so registered, provided any person
may vote whose name is restored to the list  under
the  provisions  of  section 9-42 or whose name is
added on  the  last  week  day  before  a  regular
election  under  the  provisions  of section 9-17.
Each person so registered shall  be  permitted  to
vote  unless  he  is  not  a bona fide resident of
[such town] THE  TOWN  AND  POLITICAL  SUBDIVISION
HOLDING  THE  ELECTION  or has been convicted of a
disfranchising crime. Any person offering to  vote
and   being  challenged  as  to  his  identity  or
residence  shall,  before  he  votes,  prove   his
identity  with  the person on whose name he offers
to vote or his bona fide residence in [such  town]
THE  TOWN  AND  POLITICAL  SUBDIVISION HOLDING THE
ELECTION, as the case may be,  by  the  testimony,
under  oath,  of  at least one other elector or by
such other evidence acceptable to the moderator.
    Sec.   17.   Section   9-172  of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed  and   the   following   is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    At  any  regular or special state election any
person  may  vote  who  was  registered   on   the
last-completed  revised  registry list of the town
in which he offers to vote, and he shall  vote  in
the  district  in  which  he  was  so  registered;
provided those persons may vote  whose  names  are
restored  to  the  list  under  the  provisions of
section 9-42 or whose names are added on the  last
weekday   before  a  regular  election  under  the
provisions  of  section  9-17.  Each   person   so
registered  shall  be permitted to vote if he is a
bona fide resident of [such  town]  THE  TOWN  AND
POLITICAL SUBDIVISION HOLDING THE ELECTION and has
not  lost   his   right   by   conviction   of   a
disfranchising  crime.  Any  person offering so to
vote and being challenged as to  his  identity  or
residence   shall,  before  he  votes,  prove  his
identity with the person on whose name  he  offers
to  vote or his bona fide residence in [such town]
THE TOWN AND  POLITICAL  SUBDIVISION  HOLDING  THE
ELECTION,  as  the  case may be, by the testimony,
under oath, of at least one other  elector  or  by
such  other  evidence  as  is  acceptable  to  the
moderator.
    Sec.  18.  Subsection  (d) of section 9-261 of
the general statutes is repealed and the following
is substituted in lieu thereof:
    (d) If not  challenged  by any of the election
officials, the elector  shall be permitted to pass
the railing to  the  side  where  the  machine  is
located. The elector shall give any receipt he has
received to a voting machine tender at the machine
to which he  is  directed  and  the machine tender
shall permit the  elector  to  vote  only  in  the
primary of the party specified by the receipt and,
if applicable, on the separate voting machine with
the partial ballot  specified  by the receipt. The
elector shall be permitted into the voting machine
booth, and he  shall  then  register  his  vote in
secret. Having voted,  he  shall immediately [pass
out] EXIT THE  VOTING  MACHINE BOOTH and leave the
room. No elector  shall  remain  within the voting
machine booth longer  than two minutes, and, if he
refuses to leave  such  booth  after  the lapse of
that time, he  shall  at  once  be  removed by the
election officials upon  order  of  the moderator.
Not more than  one  elector  at  a  time  shall be
permitted to operate  the machine or be within the
enclosed space which  the  elector  occupies while
operating the machine  provided  an elector may be
accompanied within such  enclosed  space by one or
more children who  are  [ten] FIFTEEN years of age
or younger and  supervised  by the elector, IF THE
ELECTOR IS THE  PARENT  OR  LEGAL GUARDIAN OF SUCH
CHILDREN. At least  two additional electors, whose
next turn it  is to vote shall be permitted in the
polling  place  for   the   purpose  of  receiving
instruction before voting  on  the machine. If any
elector, after entering  the voting machine booth,
asks for further instruction concerning the manner
of voting, two  election  officials  of  different
political parties shall  stand  outside the voting
machine  booth  and   give  such  instructions  or
directions to the  elector  as  the  two officials
agree upon; but  no  election official instructing
or assisting an  elector,  except  as  provided in
section 9-264, shall  open, look inside or put his
hand inside the  curtain, or in any manner seek to
influence any such  elector  in the casting of his
vote.
    Sec.   19.   Section   9-291  of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed  and   the   following   is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    The ballot box shall be open for the reception
of  votes  in  an  enclosure  which  shall  be  so
arranged that access  to it shall be from the room
or rooms, booth  or  booths, in which the electors
prepare  their  ballots.   The   exit   from  such
enclosure shall be  into  some  other enclosure or
hall or into  a  public  street or square, and the
partition separating it  from  the main hall shall
not be less  than  three  feet  nor more than four
feet in height.  No  person  shall  be  allowed to
enter or remain  in the enclosure where the ballot
box and stub  box are placed, at any election held
under the provisions  of this part, except for the
purpose of depositing  his  ballot, unless he is a
moderator,  box-tender,  registrar,   checker   or
challenger,   except  as   hereinafter   provided;
provided  there  shall   not   be  more  than  one
challenger for each  political  party.  An elector
may be accompanied into the room or booth in which
the electors prepare  their  ballots  and into the
enclosure where the  ballot  box  and stub box are
placed by one  or  more  children  who  are  [ten]
FIFTEEN years of  age or younger and supervised by
the elector, IF THE ELECTOR IS THE PARENT OR LEGAL
GUARDIAN OF SUCH CHILDREN. The moderator may admit
into the enclosure  where  the  ballot box and the
stub box are  placed  any  witnesses  that  may be
required in cases  of challenge, but only one at a
time, and also  such officers with power of arrest
as  may  be   required,  but  only  when  actually
required to preserve  order  or enforce any of the
provisions hereof. No  person  shall give or offer
to any elector,  in  any  such  room or booth, any
ballot to be  used in voting, or place any ballots
in such room  or booth for the use of electors, or
for any other purpose.
    Sec. 20. Subsection  (b)  of  section 9-23g of
the general statutes is repealed and the following
is substituted in lieu thereof:
    (b)   The   Secretary   of   the  State  shall
prescribe, and provide to  registrars  of  voters,
town   clerks   and  voter  registration  agencies
described in section 9-23n, application forms  and
other   materials   necessary   to  complete  such
application and admission process.  The  Secretary
of the State, registrars of voters and town clerks
shall provide a reasonable number  of  such  forms
and  materials  to  any  elector who requests such
forms and materials. The secretary shall also,  in
the   course  of  his  elections  duties,  prepare
instructions  and  related  materials   describing
procedures  for  such  application  and  admission
process  and  shall  provide  the   materials   to
registrars   of   voters   and  town  clerks.  The
application shall contain the information required
under   section   9-23h.  All  statements  of  the
applicant shall be made  under  the  penalties  of
perjury.  The  application  for  admission  as  an
elector  shall  include  a  statement   that   (1)
specifies   each   eligibility   requirement,  (2)
contains an attestation that the application meets
each   such   requirement  and  (3)  requires  the
signature  of  the  applicant  under  penalty   of
perjury.  Nothing in this section or section 9-23h
shall require that the application be executed  in
the state. An applicant who is unable to write may
cause his name to be  signed  on  the  application
form  by  an  authorized  agent  who shall, in the
space provided for the signature, write  the  name
of the applicant followed by the word "by" and his
own signature. The completed  application  may  be
mailed  or returned in person to the office of the
registrars of voters or the  office  of  the  town
clerk  of  the  applicant's town of residence or a
voter registration  agency  described  in  section
9-23n.  IF  THE APPLICANT ENTRUSTS HIS APPLICATION
TO ANOTHER PERSON OR AGENCY FOR MAILING OR  RETURN
TO THE REGISTRARS OF VOTERS, SUCH PERSON OR AGENCY
SHALL IMMEDIATELY MAIL OR RETURN THE  APPLICATION.
The   town   clerk   shall  promptly  forward  any
application which he receives to the registrars of
voters. Such application form shall be provided by
or authorized by the Secretary of the State.
    Sec.  21.  (NEW)  (a)  The  Secretary  of  the
State, at such times as he 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  has subsequently registered in another
town. The registrars shall send to each elector on
the   registry   list   in  their  town,  who  the
registrars determine to be  the  same  person  who
subsequently  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 has registered to vote
in another town after  having  registered  in  the
registrars'  town,  (2)  as  the  result  of  such
subsequent registration, the elector is no  longer
entitled  to  remain  on  the registry list in the
registrars'  town,  and  (3)  unless  the  elector
contacts  the  registrars  within  thirty  days to
confirm that he is still entitled  to  be  on  the
registry  list  in  the registrars' town, his name
shall be removed from  the  list.  The  notice  of
duplicate  registration  shall  include  a form on
which the elector may confirm that he is  entitled
to  be  on an active registry list because he 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, his name shall be restored to the
active list. No elector shall be removed from  the
registry list pursuant to this section unless both
registrars   agree   that   such    elector    has
subsequently registered to vote in another town.
    Sec.  22.  Subsection  (a)  of section 9-65 of
the general statutes is repealed and the following
is substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a)  Within  a  week after the last session of
the registrars of voters under section 9-17 before
an  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 electors  ON  THE  ACTIVE  AND
INACTIVE   REGISTRY  LIST,  the  total  number  of
electors enrolled  on  each  ACTIVE  AND  INACTIVE
party  enrolment  list  and  the  total  number of
unaffiliated electors ON THE ACTIVE  AND  INACTIVE
REGISTRY  LIST  in  such  municipality. They shall
omit  therefrom  electors  on  the  last-completed
registry  list  or  enrolment lists who have died,
and they shall include therein electors  who  have
acquired  electoral  or enrolment privileges since
the  last-completed  registry  list  or  enrolment
lists  were  perfected.  In municipalities divided
into two voting districts which  elect  registrars
of  voters  for  each  district,  such information
shall be so submitted by the registrars of  voters
of  the first district. [If the registrars who are
required to submit such statement fail  to  do  so
within  the  time  required,  each  such registrar
shall  pay  a  late  filing  fee  of   twenty-five
dollars.]  Such  statement  shall  be deemed to be
submitted within the time required if it is either
(1) postmarked by the United States Postal Service
not earlier than eight o'clock p.m. on the day  of
such  last session of the registrars and not later
than midnight on the seventh  day  following  such
last  session,  or  (2)  delivered  by  hand or by
electronically transmitted facsimile to the office
of the Secretary of the State not earlier than the
first  day   following,   and   not   later   than
four-thirty   o'clock  p.m.  on  the  seventh  day
following, such last session.
    Sec.   23.   Section  9-238a  of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed  and   the   following   is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    During  the  first  week  of  February in each
year, the town clerk of each town shall notify the
Secretary of the State, on a form provided by said
secretary, of the total number  of  names  on  the
ACTIVE  registry  list  and on each enrolment list
and the total number of unaffiliated electors,  in
such  town,  and  of  the  total  number of voting
machines therein and, in towns divided into voting
districts,  in  addition, the same information for
each voting district. If the  number  of  machines
listed  in  such  notification  is  less  than the
number required  under  section  9-238,  the  town
clerk   shall  include  in  such  notification  an
explanation of the discrepancy.  Each  such  clerk
shall   also   file   a  duplicate  copy  of  such
notification with the officials who  are  required
to  provide  voting  machines  in his municipality
under section 9-238.
    Sec.  24. Section 9-35 of the general statutes
is repealed and the following  is  substituted  in
lieu thereof:
    The  registrars,  on  the Tuesday of the fifth
week before each regular  election,  shall  be  in
session  for  the  purpose of completing a correct
list of all electors who will be entitled to  vote
at such election. Such registry list shall consist
of  an  active  registry  list  and  an   inactive
registry  list.  Such session shall be held during
such hours between  nine  o'clock  a.m.  and  five
o'clock  p.m.  as the registrars find necessary to
complete the list. Notice of such session shall be
given  at  least  five  days before the session by
publication in a newspaper having a circulation in
such  municipality,  if any, and by posting on the
signpost  therein,  if  any,  or  at  some   other
exterior  place near the office of the town clerk.
At such session and on any day except on  the  day
of  an  election  or primary, the registrars shall
remove from the list the name of each elector  who
has  died,  who  has been disfranchised or who has
confirmed in writing that he has moved out of  the
municipality,  except  electors entitled to remain
on such list under the provisions of this chapter.
An  elector  shall  be deemed to have confirmed in
writing that he has moved out of the  municipality
if  (1)  the  elector  has  submitted  a change of
address form for purposes of a state motor vehicle
operator's  license,  unless the elector states on
the form that the change of  address  is  not  for
voter  registration  purposes, (2) the elector has
submitted a change of  address  form  to  a  voter
registration agency described in section 9-23n and
such agency has provided such change of address to
the  registrars of voters or (3) the registrars of
voters have received a  cancellation  of  previous
registration  from  any  other  election  official
indicating that such elector has registered as  an
elector  outside  such  municipality. Whenever the
registrars of voters of a  town  remove  from  the
registry  list  the  name  of  an  elector who has
submitted a change of address to the  Commissioner
of  Motor  Vehicles or a voter registration agency
under subdivision (1)  or  (2)  of  this  section,
indicating that he has moved out of such town, the
registrars shall send the elector, by  forwardable
mail  to  his former address from such list, (A) a
notice of removal, (B) information explaining  how
to  have  his  name  restored  to such list, which
shall be in a form prescribed by the Secretary  of
the  State,  and  (C) a mail-in voter registration
application which can be used by  the  elector  to
apply for admission as an elector in the new town.
If such notice, information  and  application  are
returned  undeliverable, the registrars shall mail
such documents to the elector's address in the new
town. The registrars shall enter the names on such
list by street and number of the house,  when  the
houses  are  numbered,  so  that  there  shall  be
entered on the list first, the street,  avenue  or
road; second, the number of the house or residence
in numerical order or, if the  registrars  of  any
town  find  it  more  convenient,  by odd and even
numbers in numerical order; and third,  the  names
of  the  electors  in  such  house in alphabetical
order. The names of any electors who cannot be  so
listed  shall  be  listed  alphabetically  in  the
voting district wherein any such elector is a bona
fide   resident.  The  registrars  of  voters  may
consecutively number the  names  on  the  registry
list,  provided  such  list  shall  comply  in all
respects with the requirements of law  other  than
for  the  addition of such numbers. In any case in
which  the  registrars  have   obtained   reliable
information  of  an  elector's  change  of address
within the municipality, they shall enter the name
of  such elector on the registry list at the place
where he then resides, provided, if such  reliable
information  is  the  National  Change  of Address
System of the United States  Postal  Service,  the
registrar  shall change the registry list and send
the elector a notice of the change by  forwardable
mail  and  a  postage  prepaid preaddressed return
form by which the elector may  verify  or  correct
the address information. If during the canvass the
registrars determine that an elector has moved out
of  town  and  such  elector  has not confirmed in
writing that he has moved out  of  the  town,  the
registrars  shall,  not later than May first, send
to the elector,  by  forwardable  mail,  a  notice
required by the National Voter Registration Act of
1993, P.L. 103-31, as amended from time  to  time,
together   with  a  postage  prepaid  preaddressed
return card on which the  elector  may  state  his
current  address.  In  the  year of a presidential
preference primary, the registrars shall send such
notice  not earlier than the date of such primary.
If the registrar does not receive the return  card
within thirty days after it is sent, the elector's
name shall be placed on the inactive registry list
for  four  years.  [from  the  date the notice was
sent.] At the expiration of such period of time on
the  inactive  registry  list,  such name shall be
removed from the registry list.  If  such  elector
applies to restore his name to the active registry
list or votes during such period, his  name  shall
be  restored  to  the  active  registry list. Such
registrars shall retain a duplicate copy or record
of each such notice in their office or, if they do
not have a permanent office, in the  office  space
provided  under  section  9-5a,  and shall note on
such duplicate copy or record the  date  on  which
such  notice was mailed. In each municipality, any
elector,  upon  change  of  residence  within  the
municipality,  may  cause  his  registration to be
transferred to his new address  by  presenting  to
the  registrars a signed request therefor, stating
his present address, the date  he  moved  to  such
address  and  the  address  at  which  he was last
registered. The registrars shall  thereupon  enter
his  name  on  the  list  at  his  new  residence;
provided no transfer of registration shall be made
on  the  registry list on election day without the
consent of both registrars.
    Sec.   25.   Section   9-372  of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed  and   the   following   is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    The  following  terms, as used in this chapter
and sections  9-51  to  9-67,  inclusive,  9-169e,
9-217,  9-236  and 9-361, shall have the following
meanings:
    (1)   "Caucus"   means   any   meeting,  at  a
designated hour and place, or at designated  hours
and places, of the enrolled members of a political
party   within   a   municipality   or   political
subdivision  thereof  for the purpose of selecting
party-endorsed candidates for a primary to be held
by  such  party  or for the purpose of transacting
other business of such party;
    (2)  "Convention" means a meeting of delegates
of a political  party  held  for  the  purpose  of
designating  the  candidate  or  candidates  to be
endorsed by such party in a primary of such  party
for state or district office or for the purpose of
transacting other business of such party;
    (3)  "District"  means  any geographic portion
of  the  state  which  crosses  the  boundary   or
boundaries between two or more towns;
    (4)   "District   office"  means  an  elective
office for which only the electors in a  district,
as defined in subdivision (3) of this section, may
vote;
    (5)  "Major party" means (A) a political party
or organization whose candidate  for  Governor  at
the last-preceding election for Governor received,
under the designation of that political  party  or
organization,  at  least  twenty  per  cent of the
whole number of votes cast for all candidates  for
Governor  or  (B) a political party having, at the
last-preceding election for Governor, a number  of
enrolled members ON THE ACTIVE REGISTRY LIST equal
to at least twenty per cent of the total number of
enrolled  members  of all political parties ON THE
ACTIVE REGISTRY LIST in the state;
    (6)  "Minor  party" means a political party or
organization which is not a major party and  whose
candidate  for  the office in question received at
the  last-preceding  regular  election  for   such
office,  under  the  designation of that political
party or organization, at least one  per  cent  of
the  whole number of votes cast for all candidates
for such office at such election;
    (7)   "Municipal  office"  means  an  elective
office for which only the  electors  of  a  single
town,  city, borough, or political subdivision, as
defined in subdivision (10) of this  section,  may
vote,  including  the  office  of  justice  of the
peace;
    (8)  "Party  designation  committee"  means an
organization, composed  of  at  least  twenty-five
members  who  are electors, which has, on or after
November 4, 1981,  reserved  a  party  designation
with  the  Secretary  of the State pursuant to the
provisions of this chapter;
    (9)  "Party-endorsed  candidate",  in the case
of a candidate for state or district office, means
a person endorsed by the convention of a political
party as a candidate in a primary to  be  held  by
such  party  and,  in  the case of a candidate for
municipal office or for member of a town committee
or  delegate  to  a  convention,  means  a  person
endorsed  by  the  town   committee,   caucus   or
convention,  as  the  case  may be, of a political
party as a candidate in a primary to  be  held  by
such party;
    (10)  "Political subdivision" means any voting
district  or  combination  of   voting   districts
constituting a part of a municipality;
    (11)   "Primary"   means   a  meeting  of  the
enrolled members of a political  party  and,  when
applicable   under   section  9-431,  unaffiliated
electors, held during consecutive hours  at  which
such  members  or electors may, without assembling
at the  same  hour,  vote  by  secret  ballot  for
candidates  for  nomination  to office or for town
committee members or delegates to conventions;
    (12)   "Registrar"   means  the  registrar  of
voters in a municipality who is enrolled with  the
political  party  holding  a  primary and, in each
municipality where there are different  registrars
for   different   voting   districts,   means  the
registrar so enrolled in the  voting  district  in
which, at the last-preceding regular election, the
presiding officer for the purpose of declaring the
result  of  the vote of the whole municipality was
moderator;
    (13)  "Slate"  means a group of candidates for
election as delegates from a town to  a  state  or
district  convention of a political party equal in
number to the whole number of delegates  to  which
such  town  is entitled at such convention, except
that (A) in a case in which only a portion of  the
town  is  in  the  district  for  which a district
convention is to be held, "slate" means a group of
candidates  for  election  as  delegates from such
portion of the town to  such  district  convention
equal  in  number to the whole number of delegates
to which such portion of the town is  entitled  at
such  district  convention,  and  (B) in a case in
which delegates to a state convention  are  to  be
selected  from a senatorial district under section
9-394 or section 9-408, "slate" means a  group  of
candidates  for  election  as  delegates from such
district to such convention equal in number to the
whole  number  of delegates to which such district
is entitled at such convention;
    (14)  "State  office"  means  any  office  for
which all the electors of the state may  vote  and
includes   the   office  of  Governor,  Lieutenant
Governor,   Secretary,   Treasurer,   Comptroller,
Attorney General and senator in Congress, but does
not include the office of elector of President and
Vice-President of the United States;
    (15)  "Votes  cast  for the same office at the
last-preceding election" or "votes  cast  for  all
candidates  for  such office at the last-preceding
election" means, in the case of multiple  openings
for  the same office, the total number of electors
checked as  having  voted  at  the  last-preceding
election  at  which  such  office  appeared on the
ballot label.
    Sec.  26.  Subsection  (b)  of section 9-20 of
the general statutes is repealed and the following
is substituted in lieu thereof:
    (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 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.
    Sec. 27. This  act  shall take effect from its
passage, except that  sections 1 to 13, inclusive,
and 16 to 25, inclusive, shall take effect July 1,
1997, and sections  14  and  15  shall take effect
January 1, 1998.

Approved June 24, 1997