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General Assembly

 

Committee Bill No. 55

January Session, 2005

 

LCO No. 3016

 

*03016SB00055GAE*

Referred to Committee on Government Administration and Elections

 

Introduced by:

 

(GAE)

 

AN ACT PROMOTING VOTING SYSTEM ACCURACY, INTEGRITY AND SECURITY THROUGH VOTER-VERIFIED PAPER RECORDS.

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

Section 1. Section 9-242 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2005):

(a) A voting machine approved by the Secretary of the State shall be so constructed as to provide facilities for voting for the candidates of at least nine different parties or organizations. It shall permit voting in absolute secrecy. It shall be provided with a lock by means of which any illegal movement of the voting or registering mechanism is absolutely prevented. Such machine shall be so constructed that an elector cannot vote for a candidate or on a proposition for whom or on which he is not lawfully entitled to vote.

(b) It shall be so constructed as to prevent an elector from voting for more than one person for the same office, except when he is lawfully entitled to vote for more than one person for that office, and it shall afford him an opportunity to vote for only as many persons for that office as he is by law entitled to vote for, at the same time preventing his voting for the same person twice. It shall be so constructed that all votes cast will be registered or recorded by the machine.

(c) Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection (b) of this section, the Secretary of the State may approve a voting machine which requires the elector in the polls to place his ballot into the recording device and which meets the voluntary performance and test standards for voting systems adopted by the Federal Election Commission on January 25, 1990, as amended from time to time, and regulations which the Secretary of the State may adopt in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54, provided the voting machine shall (1) warn the elector of overvotes, (2) not record overvotes, and (3) not record more than one vote of an elector for the same person for an office.

(d) A voting machine approved by the Secretary of the State for an election or primary held on or after January 1, 2006, shall also be so constructed as to produce an individual, permanent, voter–verified paper record for each elector casting a vote on the machine. Each such record shall (1) be suitable for a manual audit and equivalent or superior to a paper ballot for the purposes of any such manual audit, (2) be made available for inspection and verification by the elector at the time the elector casts his or her vote, (3) be preserved within the polling place in the same manner in which paper ballots are required under this title to be preserved for any manual audit, and (4) be available as an official record and be the official record used for any recanvass conducted under chapter 148 with respect to the election or primary in which the machine is used. The voting machine shall also be so constructed as to provide the elector with an opportunity to correct any error made by the machine before the record is preserved for use in any manual audit.

This act shall take effect as follows and shall amend the following sections:

Section 1

July 1, 2005

9-242

Statement of Purpose:

To require any new voting machine to be constructed so as to produce an individual, permanent, voter-verified paper record for each elector casting a vote on the machine.

[Proposed deletions are enclosed in brackets. Proposed additions are indicated by underline, except that when the entire text of a bill or resolution or a section of a bill or resolution is new, it is not underlined.]

Co-Sponsors:

SEN. DEFRONZO, 6th Dist.; REP. HEINRICH, 101st Dist.

REP. DOYLE, 28th Dist.