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Amendment

 

February Session, 2014

LCO No. 4724

   
 

*HB0505504724SRO*

Offered by:

 

SEN. WITKOS, 8th Dist.

SEN. BOUCHER, 26th Dist.

 

To: Subst. House Bill No. 5055

File No. 644

Cal. No. 418

"AN ACT ELIMINATING MUNICIPAL MANDATES. "

After the last section, add the following and renumber sections and internal references accordingly:

"Sec. 501. (Effective from passage) (a) Notwithstanding the provisions of section 9-438 of the general statutes, there is established a pilot program to permit the registrars of voters for the municipalities of Avon, Bethel, New Canaan, Redding, Ridgefield, Simsbury, Weston, Westport and Wilton to reduce the number of polling places required under section 9-438 of the general statutes. The registrars of voters shall designate such polling place or places not later than sixty days prior to a primary held under sections 9-382 to 9-450, inclusive, of the general statutes, the location of which may be the same as or different from the location of polling places required under section 9-438 of the general statutes. Not earlier than sixty days prior to such primary, but not later than forty-five days prior to such primary, the registrars of voters shall notify the Secretary of the State and the candidates seeking nomination to an office in such primary of the change in the polling place or places. If a candidate petitions for nomination to an office after the registrars of voters have notified candidates of such change, the registrars shall immediately notify the petitioning candidate of such change. If any candidate objects to a change in the polling place or places, the candidate shall notify the Secretary of such objection not later than four o'clock p. m. on the thirtieth day prior to the primary. Such notification from the candidate shall be in the form of a written letter, signed by the candidate, and shall be held confidential by the Secretary. The Secretary shall promptly notify such registrars of voters and any candidate seeking nomination to an office in such primary that the Secretary has received a letter of objection, which notification shall not identify the candidate who objected. If such a candidate so objects, or if a municipality's registrars of voters cannot agree upon a polling place or places for a primary, the polling place or places shall be the same as those used for the election to be held. Not later than twenty-five days prior to a primary, the registrars of voters shall send notification of the polling place for the primary, by mail, to each elector whose polling place for the primary will be different than the elector's polling place for the election, except that no registrar of voters shall be required to so notify an elector for any subsequent primary, provided the primary polling place for such elector remains the same as that which was provided for in the initial notification. If any polling place that would otherwise be open pursuant to section 9-438 of the general statutes is closed pursuant to this subsection, the registrars of voters shall ensure that a sign is posted at such polling place providing electors with information to redirect the electors to the open polling place or places for the primary. When unaffiliated electors are authorized under section 9-431 of the general statutes to vote in the primary of either of two parties, both parties shall hold their primaries in the same room of each such polling place. Notwithstanding any provision of title 7 or title 9 of the general statutes, any special act, charter or ordinance, if the number of polling places is reduced pursuant to the provisions of this subsection, the number of moderators required for such primary may be reduced, if the registrars of voters so agree, provided at least one certified moderator serves each polling place.

(b) The pilot program established pursuant to subsection (a) of this section shall terminate July 1, 2016. Not later than January 1, 2017, if any municipality listed in subsection (a) of this section participated in said pilot program, the registrars of voters for such municipality shall report to the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to elections on any issues encountered in carrying out the provisions of subsection (a) of this section, the resolution of such issues and the estimated amount of money saved by the municipality through a reduction of polling places pursuant to subsection (a) of this section. "

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

Sec. 501

from passage

New section