Substitute House Bill No. 6744
          Substitute House Bill No. 6744

               PUBLIC ACT NO. 97-67


AN ACT CONCERNING ELECTION PROCEDURES.


    Be  it  enacted  by  the  Senate  and House of
Representatives in General Assembly convened:
    Section   1.  Section  9-23g  of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed  and   the   following   is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a)   In   addition   to  the  procedures  for
admission of electors under sections 9-19b, 9-19c,
9-19e,  9-20  and  9-31, any person may apply to a
registrar of voters of the town of  his  residence
for admission as an elector in accordance with the
provisions of this section and section 9-23h.
    (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.  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.
    (c)  Forthwith  upon receipt of a registration
application in the office  of  the  registrars  of
voters,  the registrar shall mark such date on the
application  and   review   the   application   to
determine   whether  the  applicant  has  properly
completed it and is legally qualified to register.
Forthwith   upon   completing   his   review,  the
registrar shall (1) indicate  on  the  application
whether  the  application  has  been  accepted  or
rejected, (2) mail a notice to the applicant,  (3)
indicate on the application the date on which such
notice is mailed and (4) provide a  copy  of  such
notice  to  the  other registrar. If the registrar
determines that the  applicant  has  not  properly
completed   the  application  or  is  not  legally
qualified to register, the notice  shall  indicate
that  the  application has been rejected and shall
state the reason for rejection. If  the  registrar
determines   that   the   applicant  has  properly
completed the application and is legally qualified
to  register,  the  notice shall indicate that the
application  has  been  accepted.  A   notice   of
acceptance  or a notice of rejection shall be sent
(A) within four days of receipt of an  application
during the period beginning on the forty-ninth day
before an election and ending on the  twenty-first
day  before  such  election,  (B)  on  the  day of
receipt of an application if it  is  received  (i)
during  the  period beginning on the twentieth day
before such election and ending on the  fourteenth
day before such election or (ii) during the period
beginning on the thirteenth day before an election
and  ending on election day if the application has
been received by  the  fourteenth  day  before  an
election  by the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles or
by  a  voter  registration  agency  described   in
section 9-23n or (iii) during the period beginning
on the  twenty-first  day  before  a  primary  and
ending [at twelve o'clock noon on the last weekday
before a  primary]  ON  THE  FIFTH  DAY  BEFORE  A
PRIMARY OR (iv) DURING THE PERIOD BEGINNING ON THE
FOURTH DAY BEFORE A PRIMARY AND ENDING  AT  TWELVE
O'CLOCK NOON ON THE LAST WEEKDAY BEFORE A PRIMARY,
IF THE APPLICATION  HAS  BEEN  POSTMARKED  BY  THE
FIFTH  DAY  BEFORE  THE PRIMARY AND IS RECEIVED IN
THE OFFICE OF THE REGISTRARS OF VOTERS DURING SUCH
PERIOD  OR  IF  THE APPLICATION IS RECEIVED BY THE
FIFTH DAY BEFORE A PRIMARY BY THE COMMISSIONER  OF
MOTOR  VEHICLES  OR BY A VOTER REGISTRATION AGENCY
DESCRIBED IN SECTION 9-23n,  and  (C)  within  ten
days  of  receipt  of  an application at any other
time. A notice of  acceptance  shall  be  sent  by
first-class mail with instructions on the envelope
that it be returned  if  not  deliverable  at  the
address   shown  on  the  envelope.  A  notice  of
acceptance shall indicate the  effective  date  of
the  applicant's  registration  and enrolment, the
date of the next regularly scheduled  election  or
primary  in  which the applicant shall be eligible
to vote and the applicant's precinct  and  polling
place. If a notice of acceptance of an application
is  returned  undelivered,  the  registrars  shall
forthwith  take the necessary action in accordance
with section 9-35 or 9-43, notwithstanding the May
first  deadline in section 9-35. [Any applications
received by the  registrar  after  twelve  o'clock
noon  on  the  last weekday before a primary shall
not be acted on by the registrars until after  the
primary.] An applicant for admission as an elector
pursuant to this section  and  section  9-23h  may
only  be  admitted as an elector by a registrar of
voters of the town of  his  residence.  Not  later
than    December   thirty-first,   annually,   the
Secretary of the State shall establish an official
calendar  of  all  deadlines  set  forth  in  this
subsection for regularly scheduled  elections  and
primaries  to  be  held  in the following calendar
year.
    (d)  (1)  Except as otherwise provided in this
subsection, the privileges of an elector  for  any
applicant  for  admission  under  this section and
section  9-23h  shall  attach   immediately   upon
approval  by  the  registrar,  and  the registrars
shall  enter  the  name  of  the  elector  on  the
registry list.
    (2)  Except  as provided in subdivision (3) of
this  subsection,  if  a  mailed  application   is
postmarked,  or  if  a  delivered  application  is
received  in  the  office  of  the  registrars  of
voters,   after   the  fourteenth  day  before  an
election OR AFTER THE FIFTH DAY BEFORE A  PRIMARY,
the  privileges  of  an  elector  shall not attach
until  the  day  after  [the]  SUCH  election   OR
PRIMARY, AS THE CASE MAY BE.
    (3)  If  an  application is received after the
fourteenth day before an  election  OR  AFTER  THE
FIFTH  DAY BEFORE A PRIMARY by the Commissioner of
Motor Vehicles or by a voter  registration  agency
described  in  section 9-23n, the privileges of an
elector shall not attach until the day  after  the
election OR PRIMARY, AS THE CASE MAY BE, or on the
day the registrar approves it, whichever is later.
    (4)  If  on the day of an election or primary,
the name of an applicant does not  appear  on  the
official  check list, such applicant may present a
notice of acceptance received through the mail  to
the  moderator  at  the  polls,  after  which  the
registrar or assistant registrar, upon  notice  to
the  registrar,  shall  add such person's name and
address to the official check list on such day and
the  person  shall be allowed to vote if otherwise
eligible to vote.
    (e)  A  registration  application  filed under
this section shall be rejected if the  application
(1)  has not been signed or dated by the applicant
or the authorized agent of the applicant  pursuant
to  subsection  (b)  of this section, (2) does not
indicate the applicant's date  of  birth  or  bona
fide  residence,  (3)  does  not  indicate  United
States citizenship or (4)  is  determined  by  the
Secretary   of   the  State  to  be  substantially
defective. No registration application filed under
this  section shall be rejected if the application
fails to provide the applicant's  Social  Security
number  or  the  zip  code of the applicant's bona
fide residence.
    (f)  Upon  admission  of  an  applicant  under
subsection (d) of this section, who  indicated  on
his   registration  application  that  he  changed
residence since voting last  in  Connecticut,  the
registrar  shall notify the registrar who accepted
the voter's last registration, and  the  registrar
in   the  voter's  place  of  last  residence,  if
different. Notification shall be made upon a  form
prescribed  by  the  Secretary  of  the  State.  A
registrar  receiving  such  a  notification  shall
delete the elector's name from the registry list.
    (g)  All  provisions  of  the general statutes
relating to electors, which are  not  inconsistent
with  the  provisions of this section, shall apply
to electors admitted under the provisions of  this
section.
    (h)  The  Secretary  of  the  State  may adopt
regulations, in accordance with the provisions  of
chapter  54,  to  carry  out  the purposes of this
section and section 9-23h.
    Sec.  2.  Section 9-56 of the general statutes
is repealed and the following  is  substituted  in
lieu thereof:
    Except  as  otherwise  provided in the case of
an elector whose name has not been  placed  on  or
has  been  removed  from  the enrolment list under
section 9-59, 9-60, 9-61 or 9-62, any elector  not
enrolled  on  any  enrolment  list may at any time
make  a  written  and   signed   application   for
enrolment  to  the  registrars  of  voters  on  an
application form for admission as an  elector,  in
accordance  with the requirements of this section.
The application shall be effective as of the  date
it  is  filed with the registrars of voters of the
town of residence of the applicant and any  person
making  application  for  enrolment in such manner
shall immediately be entitled to the privileges of
party   enrolment   unless   the  application  for
enrolment (1) is filed IN PERSON BY THE  APPLICANT
with the registrars of voters after twelve o'clock
noon on the last business day before a primary, in
which  case he shall be entitled to the privileges
of party enrolment immediately after the  primary,
[or  unless  the application for enrolment] (2) IS
OTHERWISE FILED WITH THE REGISTRAR AFTER THE FIFTH
DAY  BEFORE THE PRIMARY, IN WHICH CASE HE SHALL BE
ENTITLED TO  THE  PRIVILEGES  OF  PARTY  ENROLMENT
IMMEDIATELY  AFTER THE PRIMARY, EXCEPT AS PROVIDED
IN SECTION 9-23a, AS AMENDED BY SECTION 3 OF  THIS
ACT, OR (3) is filed with the registrars of voters
[on the day  of]  AFTER  5:00  P.M.  ON  THE  LAST
BUSINESS  DAY  BEFORE  a  caucus or convention, in
which case he shall be entitled to the  privileges
of party enrolment immediately after the caucus or
convention. The application  shall  be  signed  or
initialed  by  the registrar, deputy, assistant or
registrar's clerk receiving it, or by  such  other
personnel  as such registrar or deputy may appoint
for  the  purpose,  showing  the  date  when  such
application  is  received  and,  in the case of an
applicant not immediately eligible  under  section
9-59,   9-60,  9-61  or  9-62  to  the  privileges
accompanying enrolment in the party named  in  his
application,  the  date  upon which such applicant
becomes so  eligible.  In  municipalities  divided
into   voting  districts  in  which  an  enrolment
session is held in  each  district  thereof  under
section  9-51,  application for enrolment shall be
made to the registrar or assistant  registrar,  as
the  case  may be, in the voting district in which
such elector is entitled to vote at  the  time  of
making  such  application.  If  any  registrar  or
assistant registrar fails to add any name  to  any
such  list on written application or adds any name
to any such list except  as  herein  provided,  he
shall  be  fined not more than two hundred dollars
or imprisoned not more than thirty days or both.
    Sec.  3. Section 9-23a of the general statutes
is repealed and the following  is  substituted  in
lieu thereof:
    (a)  [Notwithstanding  the  provisions  of any
special act or charter to the contrary, any person
making application for enrolment on an application
for admission as an elector shall upon acquisition
of electoral privileges immediately be entitled to
the  privileges  of  party  enrolment  except   as
provided  in  section 9-59 and except that if: (1)
Application  for  enrolment  is  filed  with   the
registrars  of  voters  of  his  town of residence
after twelve o'clock noon on the last business day
before  a  primary,  he  shall  be entitled to the
privileges of party  enrolment  immediately  after
the  primary  or (2) the application for enrolment
is filed with the registrars of voters of his town
of residence on the day of a caucus or convention,
he shall be entitled to the  privileges  of  party
enrolment   immediately   after   the   caucus  or
convention. No] EXCEPT AS PROVIDED  IN  SUBSECTION
(b)  OF  THIS  SECTION,  NO  person admitted as an
elector after twelve  o'clock  noon  on  the  last
business  day  before a primary shall be permitted
to vote in such primary.
    (b)  AN  APPLICANT  FOR ADMISSION OR ENROLMENT
UNDER SECTION 9-26 SHALL BE ENTITLED TO VOTE IN  A
PRIMARY  IF HE FILES HIS APPLICATION FOR ADMISSION
OR ENROLMENT WITH THE TOWN CLERK BEFORE THE DAY OF
THE  PRIMARY  AND IS OTHERWISE ELIGIBLE TO VOTE IN
THE PRIMARY.
    Sec.  4.  Section 9-57 of the general statutes
is repealed and the following  is  substituted  in
lieu thereof:
    Notwithstanding  the provisions of any special
act or  charter  to  the  contrary,  whenever  any
person  makes  application  for  admission  as  an
elector IN PERSON TO  AN  ADMITTING  OFFICIAL,  he
may, [prior to the administration of the elector's
oath]  ON  AN  APPLICATION  FOR  ADMISSION  AS  AN
ELECTOR, make application [as provided in sections
9-12, 9-20, 9-23a and 9-56] for enrolment  on  the
list  of  the  political  party of his preference.
[The registrars of voters or assistant  registrars
shall  add  the  names  of all persons making such
application to the enrolment list or supplementary
enrolment list of the political party of each such
applicant's preference; provided, if a  caucus  or
convention  is  to  be  held,  such  registrars or
assistant registrars  shall  prepare  on  the  day
before  such  caucus or convention, separate lists
of  such  names  according  to  party.]  Any  such
elector  who  has  so applied for enrolment shall,
[from  the  time  of   such   application,]   UPON
ACQUISITION  OF  ELECTORAL PRIVILEGES, IMMEDIATELY
be entitled to all the privileges of enrolment  in
the  party named in his application, unless (1) he
ceases to be an elector  in  the  town  or  voting
district  in  which he is entitled to vote, as the
case may be, [or unless] (2) he makes  application
for  erasure  or transfer or enrolment on the list
of another party in accordance with the provisions
of  [section  9-56  and] section 9-59, [or unless]
(3) he [makes] FILES HIS application for enrolment
WITH  THE  REGISTRARS  OF  VOTERS  OF  HIS TOWN OF
RESIDENCE after twelve o'clock noon  on  the  last
business  day  before  a primary, in which case he
shall be  entitled  to  the  privileges  of  party
enrolment immediately after the primary, OR (4) HE
FILES  HIS  APPLICATION  FOR  ENROLMENT  WITH  THE
REGISTRARS  OF  VOTERS OF HIS TOWN OF RESIDENCE ON
THE DAY OF A CAUCUS OR CONVENTION, IN  WHICH  CASE
HE  SHALL  BE  ENTITLED TO THE PRIVILEGES OF PARTY
ENROLMENT  IMMEDIATELY   AFTER   THE   CAUCUS   OR
CONVENTION.  THE REGISTRARS OF VOTERS OR ASSISTANT
REGISTRARS SHALL ADD  THE  NAMES  OF  ALL  PERSONS
MAKING  SUCH  APPLICATION TO THE ENROLMENT LIST OR
SUPPLEMENTARY  ENROLMENT  LIST  OF  THE  POLITICAL
PARTY   OF   EACH   SUCH  APPLICANT'S  PREFERENCE,
PROVIDED, IF A CAUCUS OR CONVENTION IS TO BE HELD,
SUCH  REGISTRARS  OR  ASSISTANT  REGISTRARS  SHALL
PREPARE SEPARATE LISTS OF SUCH NAMES ACCORDING  TO
PARTY,   ON   THE   DAY   BEFORE  SUCH  CAUCUS  OR
CONVENTION.
    Sec.  5. Subsection (b) of section 9-12 of the
general statutes is repealed and the following  is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    (b)  Any  citizen  who has attained the age of
seventeen years may  apply  for  admission  as  an
elector.  If such citizen is found to be qualified
he shall become an  elector  on  the  day  of  his
eighteenth  birthday. The registrars shall add the
name of any person applying under this subsection,
if  found  qualified, to the registry list and, if
applicable, to the enrolment list,  together  with
the   effective  date  of  his  registration.  THE
REGISTRARS MAY PLACE THE NAME OF EACH SUCH  PERSON
AT THE END OF THE REGISTRY AND ENROLMENT LISTS FOR
THE VOTING DISTRICT.
    Sec.  6. Subsection (a) of section 9-17 of the
general statutes is repealed and the following  is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a)   For   the   purposes  of  this  section,
"primary  day"  means  the  day  scheduled  for  a
primary  for state, district and municipal offices
in accordance with section  9-423,  regardless  of
whether  the  municipality will hold a primary and
"election day"  means  the  day  of  each  regular
election.  (1)  The  registrars  of voters of each
town  shall   hold   sessions   to   examine   the
qualifications  of  electors and admit those found
qualified on the dates and at the times set  forth
in  this  section.  Such sessions shall be held on
the following days  during  the  hours  indicated,
except  as  provided  in  subdivision  (2) of this
subsection:

   Day                            Hours
Fourteenth day before
                           5:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.

Saturday of third week
  before election
                                  _____
                           [3:00] 2:00 p.m.

Fourteenth day before

The  session  of  the  registrars of voters on the
fourteenth day before election day  shall  be  the
last regular session for the admission of electors
prior to an election, as defined in subsection (y)
of section 9-1. (2) No town having a population of
less than twenty-five thousand  persons  shall  be
required   to   hold  sessions  for  admission  of
electors on the fourteenth day before primary day.
    Sec.  7.  Section  9-5 of the general statutes
is repealed and the following  is  substituted  in
lieu thereof:
    At  least  one  week  prior  to  each state or
municipal election, the  Secretary  of  the  State
shall  send to the [clerk] REGISTRARS OF VOTERS of
each municipality in which such election is to  be
held a copy of such instructional materials as the
secretary deems necessary for use by the moderator
in  each  voting  district.  At  the time when the
moderator  or  moderators  are   appointed,   such
[clerk]   REGISTRARS   shall  give  to  each  such
moderator such materials as  [he  has]  THEY  HAVE
received from the secretary.
    Sec.   8.   Section   9-235d  of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed  and   the   following   is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    (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
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.
    (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 appointed as
a  challenger,  [or]  voting  machine  tender   OR
CANDIDATE    CHECKER    in    the    primary    [.
Notwithstanding any provision of section 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 may be appointed as a candidate
checker in a 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.
    Sec.  9.  This  act  shall take effect July 1,
1997.

Approved May 27, 1997