Topic:
ELECTIONS (GENERAL); MUNICIPAL OFFICIALS/EMPLOYEES; MUNICIPALITIES; VOTING MACHINES; VOTER REGISTRATION; APPOINTMENT TO OFFICE;
Location:
MUNICIPAL OFFICIALS AND EMPLOYEES; VOTERS, REGISTRATION OF;

OLR Research Report


December 16, 2005

 

2005-R-0924

REGISTRARS OF VOTERS DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

By: Sandra Norman-Eady, Chief Attorney

You asked for the duties and responsibilities of registrars of voters.

SUMMARY

By law, there must generally be two registrars of voters for each municipality. The legislative body of a town with at least two voting districts may, however, establish registrars who are elected in each district (CGS 9-190). All municipalities, except North Branford, currently have registrars that represent the entire municipality. Registrars must be elected unless a special act or municipality's charter permits them to be appointed (CGS 9-185). However, this option does not apply to deputy, assistant, or special assistant registrars. Each registrar must appoint a deputy and can, when the need arises, appoint assistant and special assistant registrars (CGS 9-192).

Registrars are generally responsible for registering voters and conducting elections.

REGISTRARS OF VOTERS DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

1. Register voters (CGS 9-17 et seq.)

a. Schedule and conduct voter registration sessions (CGS 9-16 and -17)

b. Receive and process mail-in and agency voter registration applications (CGS 9-23L)

c. In addition to town clerks, provide admission forms to the permanently disabled (CGS 9-31d)

d. Serve on the Board for Admission of Electors (CGS 9-15a)

2. Maintain voter registry lists (CGS 9-21 et seq.)

a. Prepare and maintain a list of active and inactive voters

b. Prepare a list for each polling place

c. Organize and conduct the annual canvass of voters to ascertain residency (CGS 9-32)

d. Remove from the list electors who move from the voting district, die, or are disenfranchised

e. Enroll party members and prepare and maintain party enrollment lists

3. Participate in Absentee Voting Administration

a. Direct town clerks to mail absentee ballots to eligible overseas voters (CGS 9-153d)

b. Remove absentee ballot voters from the official voter registry list prior to an election, primary, or referendum

c. Appoint and train people to count absentee ballots (CGS 9-147c)

d. Supervise absentee balloting at institutions or dwelling places with 20 or more voters (CGS 9-159q and -159r)

4. Conduct Elections

a. May be one of six members on the committee responsible for establishing programs and procedures for training, examining, and certifying registrars, deputy registrars, and permanent assistants (CGS 9-192a)

b. Appoint and train poll workers (i.e., moderators, checkers, ballot clerk, box-tender, and assistant registrars) (CGS 9-229, -192, -290, -234, -235, and -236)

c. Supervise all poll works on the day of each election, primary, or referendum

d. Declare polling place locations by voting district, including place where absentee ballots are counted (CGS 9-168 et seq.)

e. Order and pay for telephone communications to polling place

f. Ensure polling places meet the requirements of the American Disabilities Act

g. Request police protection at a polling place, if necessary

h. Participate in recanvassing in the event of a voting discrepancy (CGS 9-311)

i. Prepare list of presidential and overseas voters who are not on the registry list (9-158j)

5. Ensure the proper maintenance, transportation, storage, and preparation of voting machines

a. Appoint machine mechanics (CGS 9-243)

b. Train election officials on the machines' operation (CGS 9-249)

c. Together with town clerks, determine if a voting machine should no longer be used (CGS 9-263 and -272)

6. Appoint deputy registrars and file the appointments with the town clerk (CGS 9-192)

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