Substitute House Bill No. 6667

Public Act No. 99-276

An Act Making Minor Changes to Elections Laws.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. Subsection (a) of section 9-261 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(a) [When] In each primary, election or referendum, when an elector has entered the polling place, he shall (1) announce his street address, if any, and his name to the checkers in a tone sufficiently loud and clear as to enable all the election officials present to hear the same and (2) (A) present to the checkers his Social Security card or any other preprinted form of identification which shows his name and either his address, signature or photograph, or (B) sign a statement under penalty of false statement, on a form prescribed by the Secretary of the State, that he is the elector whose name appears on the official checklist. Each of the checkers shall check the name of such elector on the official checklist.

Sec. 2. Section 9-38 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

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

Sec. 3. Section 9-55 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(a) The registrars shall cause to be printed at least once during the calendar year a sufficient number of copies of complete, corrected enrolment lists certified by them as correct, provided a supplementary or updated list shall be printed within one week after a session held on the fourteenth day before a primary.

(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 within one week after the session held on the fourteenth day 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 enrolment list, indicating party affiliation where applicable.

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

(1) Notices of primaries are published for two parties to be held on the same day, the registrars shall print complete separate enrolment lists within one week after the enrolment session held on the fourteenth day before the primary and, if unaffiliated electors are authorized to vote in the primary, the registrars 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 shall print a complete separate enrolment 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 shall, within one week after the session held on the fourteenth day before such primary, 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 within one week after the session held on the fourteenth day before the primary, a supplement to such list shall be compiled by the registrars 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 may combine such separate compilation with the foregoing printed list either by inserting the names in writing or by reprinting the list incorporating the supplementary or updated list into a single printed list.

(e) The registrars shall file one copy of each such list with the town clerk which copy shall be available for public use in the office of the town clerk until the printing of the next completed, corrected enrolment list; and they shall deliver to the chairman of the town committee of each political party five copies of each such list for each voting district in the town. Upon request the registrars shall give one complete set of such lists to each candidate for nomination for any office or for election as a town committee member or delegate to a convention. They shall deliver a sufficient number of copies thereof to the moderator of each primary. With each printing the registrars shall retain at least six copies of each such list and such copies shall be available for public use in the office of the registrars until the printing of the next complete, corrected enrolment list. 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 registrar or assistant registrar shall issue to such elector a certificate showing that [such] the elector is entitled to the privileges accompanying enrolment in the political party named in [his] the elector's petition.

Sec. 4. Section 9-147c of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

Each registrar of voters shall appoint one or more electors of the town, known to be persons of integrity, to count all absentee ballots. No spouse, parent, grandparent, child or sibling of a candidate may be appointed to count absentee ballots on which the name of such candidate appears. If central counting has been designated, the registrars shall also jointly appoint a central counting moderator and alternate moderator pursuant to the requirements of section 9-229. No person shall print, publish, announce, or otherwise make known such count prior to the time for the closing of the polls.

Sec. 5. Section 9-172a of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

For purposes of special elections, the term "revised registry list last completed", as used in sections 9-170, 9-171 and 9-172, means the registry list last completed for the last regular election held in the municipality or political subdivision holding the special election, together with the supplementary or updated list of persons in such municipality or political subdivision who acquired voting privileges since the completion of such list compiled under section 9-172b, as amended by this act.

Sec. 6. Section 9-172b of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(a) In each municipality or political subdivision in which a special election or referendum is to be held, the registrars of voters shall prepare a supplementary or updated list of the names and addresses of those persons who acquired voting privileges after the completion of the revised registry list and prior to the day of such special election or referendum. In each such municipality or political subdivision, not later than the day before such special election or referendum, such registrars shall cause to be completed and printed and deposited in the town clerk's office such list arranged as provided in section 9-35 and certified by them to be correct, and shall retain a sufficient number of copies to be used by them at such election or referendum for the purpose of checking the names of those who vote, provided the names of any persons who acquired such voting privileges within thirty days before such special election or referendum may be inserted on such printed list in writing.

(b) In the case of a special election or referendum, no person admitted as an elector on the day of the special election or referendum shall be entitled to vote in that election.

Sec. 7. Section 9-406 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

Within the time specified in section 9-405, a candidacy for nomination by a political party to a municipal office or a candidacy for election as a member of a town committee may be filed by or on behalf of any person whose name appears upon the last-completed enrolment list of such party within the municipality or within the political subdivision or senatorial district or assembly district within which a person is to be nominated or a town committee member is to be elected, as the case may be, by filing with the registrar a petition signed by at least five per cent of the electors whose names appear upon the last-completed enrolment list of such party in such municipality or in such political subdivision or senatorial district or assembly district or, signed by such lesser number of such electors as such party by its rules prescribes, as the case may be. For the purpose of computing five per cent of the last-completed enrolment list, the registrar shall use the last printed enrolment list and the printed supplementary or updated list, if any, of a political party certified and last completed by the registrars of voters, excluding therefrom the names of individuals who have ceased to be electors.

Sec. 8. Section 9-407 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

Within the time specified in section 9-405, candidacies for nomination by a political party for election as delegates to a convention may be filed by or on behalf of a slate of persons, each of whose names appears upon the last-completed enrolment list of such party within the municipality or within the political subdivision or senatorial district or assembly district or part of a town which is a component part of a senatorial or assembly district composed of parts of two towns or of a town or towns and a part or parts of another town or towns within which delegates are to be selected, as the case may be, by filing with the registrar a petition signed by at least five per cent of the electors whose names appear upon the last-completed enrolment list of such party in such municipality or in such political subdivision or senatorial district or assembly district or part of a town, or signed by such lesser number of such electors as such party may by its rules prescribe, as the case may be. For the purpose of computing five per cent of the last-completed enrolment list, the registrar shall use the last printed enrolment list and the printed supplementary or updated list, if any, of a political party certified and last completed by the registrars of voters, excluding therefrom the names of individuals who have ceased to be electors.

Sec. 9. Section 9-408 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

If delegates to a state convention are to be chosen from senatorial districts, candidacies for nominations by a political party for election as such delegates may be filed, within the time specified in section 9-405, by or on behalf of a slate of persons, each of whose names appears upon the last-completed enrolment list of such party within any town or part of a town forming a component part of such district, by filing with the registrar of any such town in such district a petition signed by at least ten per cent of the electors whose names appear upon the last-completed enrolment list of such party in such town or such part of a town, but not fewer than three hundred such electors. For the purpose of computing ten per cent of the last-completed enrolment list, the registrar shall use the last printed enrolment list and the printed supplementary or updated list, if any, of a political party certified and last completed by the registrars of voters, excluding therefrom the names of individuals who have ceased to be electors. Delegates allocated to and selected from towns shall not be deemed to be district delegates.

Sec. 10. (NEW) A voting machine approved by the Secretary of the State under section 9-242 of the general statutes may be used to count absentee ballots in any municipality at an election, primary or referendum, provided the registrars of voters of the municipality approve the use of such machine and the Secretary of the State prescribes specifications for (1) the security, testing, set-up, operation and canvassing of the machine, (2) such absentee ballots, and (3) the training of election officials in the use of the machine.

Sec. 11. (NEW) Not later than five days before a minor party holds a party meeting to nominate a candidate for public office, the presiding officer of such meeting shall give written notice of the date, time, location and purpose of the meeting to, in the case of a municipal office, the town clerk of the municipality served by such office, or in the case of a state office or district office, the Secretary of the State. As used in this section, the terms "minor party", "state office", "district office" and "municipal office" have the meanings assigned to such terms in section 9-372 of the general statutes.

Sec. 12. Section 9-410 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

The petition form shall be prescribed by the Secretary of the State and provided by the registrar of the municipality in which the candidacy is to be filed in the case of municipal office, town committee members and delegates, or be duplicate petition pages produced in accordance with section 9-409, and signatures shall be obtained only on such forms. Such form shall include thereon a statement of instructions to persons making use thereof and shall indicate the date and time by which it shall be filed and the person with whom it shall be filed. The form shall provide spaces for the names and addresses of the candidates, the offices to which nomination is sought or the positions to which election is sought and the political party holding the primary, and, if the petition is for candidates for election as delegates to a convention, the name of a candidate or candidates, if any, whom all candidates on the petitioning slate support for the party's nomination for an office or offices and the designation of such office or offices. Such form shall provide lines for the signatures, street addresses, [and] dates of birth and the printing of the names of enrolled party members supporting the person or persons on behalf of whose candidacy the petition is used. Only as many candidates may be proposed in any one primary petition for the same office or position as are to be nominated or chosen by such party for such office or position; but any one primary petition may propose as many candidates for different offices or positions as there are nominations to be made or positions to be filled. The names of enrolled party members signing a primary petition need not all be on one sheet but may be on several sheets, but no person shall sign more than one petition page for the same candidate or candidates. Any person who signs a name other than his own to a primary petition filed under the provisions of this section or who signs a name other than his own as circulator of such a petition shall be fined not more than one hundred dollars or imprisoned not more than one year or both. Each such sheet shall indicate the candidate or candidates supported, the offices or positions sought and the political party the nomination of which is sought or which is holding the primary for election of town committee members or delegates to a convention. No page of such a petition shall contain the names of enrolled party members residing in different municipalities and any page thereof which has been certified by the registrars of two or more municipalities shall be rejected by the registrar. Withdrawal of petition signatures shall not be permitted. Each circulator of a primary petition page shall be an enrolled party member of a municipality in this state who is entitled to vote in the primary for which such candidacy is being filed. Each petition page shall contain a statement signed by the registrar of the municipality in which such circulator is an enrolled party member attesting that the circulator is an enrolled party member in such municipality and is entitled to vote in the primary for which such candidacy is being filed. Unless such a statement by the registrar appears on each page so submitted, the registrar shall reject such page. No candidate for the nomination of a party for a municipal office, town committee member or delegate shall circulate any petition for another candidate or another group of candidates contained in one primary petition for the nomination of such party for the same office or position, and any petition page circulated in violation of this provision shall be rejected by the registrar. No person shall circulate petitions for more than the maximum number of candidates to be nominated by a party for the same office or position, and any petition page circulated in violation of this provision shall be rejected by the registrar. Each separate sheet of such petition shall contain a statement as to the authenticity of the signatures thereon and the number of such signatures, and shall be signed under the penalties of false statement by the person who circulated the same, setting forth such circulator's address and the town in which such circulator is an enrolled party member and attesting that each person whose name appears on such sheet signed the same in person in the presence of such circulator, that the circulator either knows each such signer or that the signer satisfactorily identified himself to the circulator and that the spaces for candidates supported, offices or positions sought and the political party involved were filled in prior to the obtaining of the signatures. Each separate sheet of such petition shall also be acknowledged before an appropriate person as provided in section 1-29. Any sheet of a petition filed with the registrar which does not contain such a statement by the circulator as to the authenticity of the signatures thereon, or upon which the statement of the circulator is incomplete in any respect, or which does not contain the certification hereinbefore required by the registrar of the town in which the circulator is an enrolled party member, shall be rejected by the registrar. Any individual proposed as a candidate in any primary petition may serve as a circulator of the pages of such petition, provided such individual's service as circulator does not violate any provision of this section.

Sec. 13. Section 9-453a of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

Each petition for nomination for elective office shall be on a form prescribed and provided by the Secretary of the State. [The Secretary of the State shall include in such form a line for] Such form shall provide lines for the signatures, street addresses, dates of birth and the printing of the [name of a signator] names of signators. A signator shall print his name on said line following the signing of [his] the signator's name. Before issuing a petition form, the secretary shall, above the space provided for signatures, type or print the name and address of the candidate, the office sought and the election and the date thereof. The secretary shall give to any person requesting such form one or more petition pages, suitable for duplication, as the secretary deems necessary. If the person is requesting the form on behalf of an indigent candidate or a group of indigent candidates listed on the same nominating petition, the secretary shall give the person the number of original pages that he requests or the number which the secretary deems sufficient. An original petition page may be duplicated by or on behalf of the candidate or candidates listed on the page and signatures may be obtained on such duplicates. The duplicates shall be filed in the same manner and shall be subject to the same requirements as original petition pages.

Sec. 14. Subsection (d) of section 9-453k of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(d) Such town clerk shall certify on each such page the date upon which it was submitted to [him] the town clerk by the circulator or the Secretary of the State and the number of names of electors on such petition page, which names were on the registry list last-completed or are names of persons admitted as electors since the completion of such list. In the checking of signatures on such nominating petition pages, the town clerk shall reject any name if such name is not the name of an elector as specified above. Such rejection shall be indicated by placing a mark in a manner prescribed by the Secretary of the State before the name so rejected. The town clerk shall not reject any name for which the street address on the petition is different from the street address on the registry list, if (1) such person is eligible to vote for the candidate or candidates named in the petition, and (2) the person's date of birth, as shown on the petition page, is the same as the date of birth on the person's registration record. Such clerk may place a check mark before each name appearing on such registry list or each name of a person admitted as an elector since the completion of such list, but shall place no other mark on such page except as provided in this section.

Sec. 15. This act shall take effect January 1, 2000.

Approved June 29, 1999

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