OLR Bill Analysis
AN ACT CONCERNING THE PRESIDENTIAL PREFERENCE PRIMARY.
This bill changes the date of Connecticut's presidential preference primary, from the first Tuesday in March to the first Tuesday in February in a presidential election year. It makes conforming changes by increasing the number of days before the primary when:
1. the secretary of the state must announce the list of candidates whose names will appear on the ballot (from 74 to 78 days);
2. a candidate may ask the secretary to remove his or her name from the ballot (from 36 to 40 days);
3. petitioning candidates may begin circulating nominating petitions and must file them with the registrar of voters (from 74 to 78 days and 46 to 50 days, respectively); and
4. registrars must verify the signatures and forward the petitions to the secretary (from 42 to 46 days).
The bill also changes, from 4 p. m. to 12 p. m. , the time by which a candidate who wants the secretary to remove his or her name from the ballot must submit a written request. As noted above, this may be done 40 days, rather than 36 days, before the primary.
The bill removes a requirement that the secretary provide petitioning candidates with a number of petition pages that would allow them to collect at least twice the number of required signatures, or 1% of enrolled party members in the state. Under the bill, she must provide one petition page suitable for duplication, unless a candidate is indigent. In that case she must provide the candidate with the number of pages the person requests or she thinks is sufficient.
The bill removes an obsolete provision concerning lever voting machines.
EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage
Government Administration and Elections Committee
Joint Favorable Substitute