CHAPTER 154
PRESIDENTIAL PREFERENCE PRIMARY

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Sec. 9-464. Primary date.
Sec. 9-466. Announcement of candidate list.
Sec. 9-467. Issuance of petition.
Sec. 9-468. Circulation, filing and verification of petition.
Sec. 9-472. Vacancy on ballot due to candidate death.

      Sec. 9-464. Primary date. On the first Tuesday in February of each year in which the President of the United States is to be elected, each party shall conduct a primary in each town if the names of two or more candidates are to be placed on such party's ballot in accordance with the provisions of this chapter.

      (P.A. 77-535, S. 2; P.A. 79-481, S. 2; P.A. 83-475, S. 37, 43; P.A. 90-156, S. 8; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 91-3, S. 50, 168; P.A. 95-95, S. 1; P.A. 07-132, S. 1.)

      History: P.A. 79-481 changed the day for the primary to the Tuesday after the fourth Monday instead of the first Monday in March if the name of one or more candidates is to be placed on the ballot and further provided for the costs of conducting primary to be paid as prescribed in new Subsecs. (b) and (c); P.A. 83-475 amended section to require primary only if there are at least two qualifying candidates and to refer to number of voting districts used by towns in last preceding state election; P.A. 90-156 repealed former Subsec. (b) re limitations on reimbursement, relettered Subsec. (c) as Subsec. (b) and amended new Subsec. (b) by basing reimbursement on town's 1984 or 1988 reimbursement, whichever is applicable, plus 3% annually; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 91-3 removed Subsecs. (a) and (b) designators, deleted provision in Subsec. (a) requiring costs of conducting primary in each town to be paid by state in the manner and to the extent prescribed in Subsec. (b), and deleted Subsec. (b) in its entirety; P.A. 95-95 changed primary date from the Tuesday after the fourth Monday in March to first Tuesday in March; P.A. 07-132 changed presidential primary month from March to February, effective June 25, 2007.

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      Sec. 9-466. Announcement of candidate list. The secretary shall, at ten o'clock a.m. on the seventy-eighth day preceding the day of the primary, publicly announce a list of candidates whose names are to be placed on the ballot of each party at such primary pursuant to subsection (a) of section 9-465. Forthwith upon announcing such list, said secretary shall notify each such candidate, by registered mail with return receipt requested, that his name will be included on the ballot unless he files with the secretary, not later than twelve o'clock p.m. of the fortieth day before the primary, a written request, signed by the candidate, to the following effect: "I request that my name be omitted from the ballot at Connecticut's forthcoming .... (name of party) presidential preference primary". The name of any candidate who files a request as provided by this section, within the time specified, shall be omitted from the ballot, but no such withdrawal shall be honored if it is received later than the time specified by this section.

      (P.A. 77-535, S. 4; P.A. 79-481, S. 4; P.A. 94-209, S. 1; P.A. 07-132, S. 2.)

      History: P.A. 79-481 deleted provision for announcement of additional candidates to be placed on the ballot prior to four o'clock p.m. of the forty-sixth day before the primary; P.A. 94-209 changed day of announcement from sixtieth to seventy-fourth day preceding the primary; P.A. 07-132 changed "seventy-fourth day" to "seventy-eighth day", "four o'clock" to "twelve o'clock", and "thirty-sixth day" to "fortieth day", effective June 25, 2007.

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      Sec. 9-467. Issuance of petition. On or after twelve o'clock noon of the seventy-eighth day preceding the day of the primary, any person seeking the nomination of a party for President, whose name is not included in the list of candidates announced by the secretary pursuant to section 9-466, or any person advocating the nomination of such person, by such party, may obtain petition pages from the secretary in the manner provided by this section. Such pages shall be in a form prescribed by the secretary and shall conform, as nearly as may be, to the requirements for primary petition forms provided in section 9-410. Any person requesting the petition pages shall give to the secretary, in writing, his name and address, the name and address of the candidate for whom the petition is to be circulated and the party holding the primary, and shall also file, or cause to be filed, with said secretary a written statement, signed by such candidate, to the effect that he consents to the inclusion of his name on the primary ballot of such party. Upon completion of these requirements, the secretary shall give to the person so requesting such petition pages one petition page, suitable for duplication. If the person is requesting the form on behalf of an indigent candidate, the secretary shall give the person the number of original pages that such person requests or the number of original pages that the secretary deems to be sufficient. The secretary shall also fill in on each petition page the name and address of the candidate, the words "nomination for President of the United States" as the designation of the office sought, and the name of the party conducting the primary.

      (P.A. 77-535, S. 5; P.A. 79-481, S. 5; P.A. 83-475, S. 38, 43; P.A. 94-209, S. 2; P.A. 07-132, S. 3.)

      History: P.A. 79-481 added to the information to be furnished the secretary of the state, "the party holding the primary"; P.A. 83-475 amended section to reduce number of petition pages given by secretary from three times to twice the number necessary; P.A. 94-209 changed first day of issuing petitions from sixtieth to seventy-fourth day preceding the primary; P.A. 07-132 changed "seventy-fourth day" to "seventy-eighth day" and changed number of petition pages given to a person from a sufficient number of pages to one page, suitable for duplication, unless requested on behalf of an indigent candidate, effective June 25, 2007.

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      Sec. 9-468. Circulation, filing and verification of petition. Except as hereinafter provided, such petitions shall be circulated, filed with the registrars of voters, and verified by said registrars, as nearly as may be, in accordance with the provisions of sections 9-410 and 9-412. Each page of such a petition shall be filed with the registrar of voters of the party holding the primary in the town of voting residence of the signers thereof, not later than four o'clock p.m. of the fiftieth day preceding the day of the primary; and such registrar shall verify the signatures on each such page and forward it to the secretary not later than four o'clock p.m. of the forty-sixth day preceding the day of the primary. If, prior to such last day for filing such pages with the registrar, such a petition was issued under section 9-467, the office or office facilities of each registrar of such party in each town shall open not later than one o'clock p.m. and remain open until at least four o'clock p.m., and each such registrar or his deputy assistant registrar shall be present therein.

      (P.A. 77-535, S. 6; P.A. 79-481, S. 6; P.A. 83-475, S. 39, 43; P.A. 85-577, S. 19; P.A. 07-132, S. 4.)

      History: P.A. 79-481 rephrased provisions but made no substantive changes; P.A. 83-475 amended section to refer to Secs. 9-410 and 9-412 instead of Secs. 9-402 and 9-403; P.A. 85-577 amended section to provide open office hours at the registrar of voters, if prior to the last day for filing petition pages, a petition was issued under Sec. 9-467; P.A. 07-132 changed "forty-sixth day" to "fiftieth day" and "forty-second day" to "forty-sixth day", effective June 25, 2007.

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      Sec. 9-472. Vacancy on ballot due to candidate death. If, after determination of the order of candidates on the ballot, a candidate dies, his name shall not appear on such ballot; provided that the position of each remaining candidate on the ballot shall not be altered by the deletion of such name. The secretary may authorize the use of blank stickers on the ballot by town clerks in order to comply with the provisions of this section.

      (P.A. 77-535, S. 10; P.A. 79-481, S. 10; P.A. 07-132, S. 5.)

      History: P.A. 79-481 rephrased provisions but made no substantive changes; P.A. 07-132 deleted provision re locking of voting machine candidate pointer over any blank space on ballot, effective June 25, 2007.

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