OLR Bill Analysis

sHB 6087

AN ACT CONCERNING THE DEFINITION OF A "MINOR PARTY"

SUMMARY:

This bill expands the definition of "minor party" to include a party whose:

1. candidate for governor in the last gubernatorial election received between 2% and 20% of all the votes cast for that office or

2. membership on the active and inactive registry lists at the time of the preceding gubernatorial election was between 1% and 20% of the total number of all people enrolled in a party on the active registry list statewide.

Under current law, candidates for a party other than a major party can qualify for ballot access for only a particular office if they received at least 1% of the total vote for all candidates for that office at the last election. The bill retains this option. A candidate whose party does not have major or minor party status must petition onto the ballot.

EFFECTIVE DATE: July 1, 2003

BACKGROUND

Major Parties

A political party qualifies as a "major party" if:

1. its candidate for governor received at least 20% of the vote at the last gubernatorial election or

2. it had at least 20% of the total number of enrolled members of all parties on the active registry list in the state at the time of the preceding gubernatorial election.

COMMITTEE ACTION

Government Administration and Elections Committee

Joint Favorable Substitute

Yea

16

Nay

0