OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

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sSB-218

AN ACT CONCERNING POLLING PLACES FOR PRIMARIES.

As Amended by Senate "A" (LCO 3912), Senate "B" (LCO 4013)

Senate Calendar No. : 107

OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact: None

Municipal Impact:

Municipalities

Effect

FY 13 $

FY 14 $

Various Municipalities

Savings

See Below

See Below

Explanation

The bill results in a potential savings, as it allows municipalities to operate fewer polling places during primaries. These potential savings vary based on the town's per polling place cost, and the number of polling places it intends to close.

Two towns, Vernon and Tolland, are presented for illustrative purposes. It costs the Town of Vernon approximately $3,300 to operate one polling place. Vernon has six polling places and could close up to five, depending on the election. In Tolland, it costs approximately $1,350 per polling place and the town could close one of its two polling locations.

The bill also results in a potential savings to various municipalities associated with the requirement to submit district maps and election results electronically. Municipalities which currently submit these documents by mail would incur minimal savings associated with reduced printing and mailing expenses.

The potential savings in the bill would be minimally offset by the cost to municipalities of mailing notifications to residents whose polling place has changed. The bill specifies that Registrars of Voters must notify electors during the first election during which primary polling places change, and not during subsequent elections, as long as the new primary polling place location remains the same.

The bill makes several other changes to election laws which have no fiscal impact.

Senate “A,” strikes the language of the underlying bill and results in the fiscal impact identified above.

Senate “B” makes a change regarding the notification of electors whose polling places have changes, and reduces mailing costs as identified above.

The Out Years

The annualized ongoing fiscal impact identified above would continue into the future subject to inflation.

Sources:

Town of Tolland

 

Town of Vernon

The preceding Fiscal Impact statement is prepared for the benefit of the members of the General Assembly, solely for the purposes of information, summarization and explanation and does not represent the intent of the General Assembly or either chamber thereof for any purpose. In general, fiscal impacts are based upon a variety of informational sources, including the analyst's professional knowledge. Whenever applicable, agency data is consulted as part of the analysis, however final products do not necessarily reflect an assessment from any specific department.