PA 07-132—sSB 1184

Government Administration and Elections Committee

AN ACT CONCERNING THE PRESIDENTIAL PREFERENCE PRIMARY

SUMMARY: This act changes the date of Connecticut's presidential preference primary from the first Tuesday in March to the first Tuesday in February. It makes conforming changes by increasing the number of days before the presidential preference primary when:

1. the secretary of the state must announce publicly 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 act also changes, from 4 p. m. to 12 p. m. , the time of day on the deadline 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 deadline is 40 days, rather than 36 days, before the primary.

It removes a requirement that the secretary provide petitioning candidates with the number of petition pages that would allow them to collect at least twice the number of required signatures. By law, a candidate must obtain the signatures of at least 1% of enrolled party members in the state for his or her name to appear on the ballot. Under the act, the secretary 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 act removes an obsolete provision concerning lever voting machines.

EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

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