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Substitute Senate Bill No. 647

Public Act No. 03-108

AN ACT CONCERNING SERVICE BY STUDENTS AS OFFICIAL CHECKERS AT POLLING PLACES.

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

Section 1. Section 9-235d of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2003):

(a) Notwithstanding any provision of sections 9-233, 9-235 and 9-258 to the contrary, a United States citizen who is sixteen or seventeen years of age and a bona fide resident of a town may be (1) appointed as a challenger [, voting machine tender] or unofficial checker in an election, [and, after serving as an unofficial checker in an election or as a candidate checker in a primary, may be appointed as a checker in a subsequent election] or (2) appointed as a checker, translator or voting machine tender in an election after (A) attending poll worker training, and (B) receiving the written permission of a parent, guardian or the principal of the school that the citizen attends if the citizen is a secondary school student and the citizen is to be appointed to work on a day when such school is in session.

(b) Notwithstanding any provision of section 9-436 or 9-436a to the contrary, a United States citizen who is sixteen or seventeen years of age and a bona fide resident of a town or political subdivision holding a primary may be (1) appointed as a challenger [, voting machine tender] or candidate checker in the primary, [and, after serving as a candidate checker in a primary or as an unofficial checker in an election, may be appointed as a checker in a subsequent primary] or (2) appointed as a checker, translator or voting machine tender in a primary after (A) attending poll worker training, and (B) receiving the written permission of a parent, guardian or the principal of the school that the citizen attends if the citizen is a secondary school student and the citizen is to be appointed to work on a day when such school is in session.

Approved June 18, 2003