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Raised Bill No. 1051

January Session, 2015

 

LCO No. 4627

 

*04627_______GAE*

Referred to Committee on GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION AND ELECTIONS

 

Introduced by:

 

(GAE)

 

AN ACT STRENGTHENING CONNECTICUT'S ELECTIONS.

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

Section 1. (NEW) (Effective from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage) Notwithstanding any provision of title 9 of the general statutes or section 2 of this act upon a vacancy in the office of the registrar of voters or when a term of such office expires, the legislative body of each municipality, in consultation and coordination with the municipal clerk, shall appoint one registrar of voters. Any such individual appointed shall possess (1) a college degree or four years of experience related to the administration of elections or a similar field, (2) considerable knowledge of records management techniques and Connecticut election laws, and (3) the ability to use computer software programs. The municipal clerk shall appoint a deputy registrar of voters who shall assist the registrar of voters when required. The registrar of voters may appoint as many assistant registrars of voters as necessary to carry out the duties required by sections 9-12 to 9-67, inclusive, of the general statutes, as amended by this act. In the absence of the registrar of voters, or in such registrar's inability to act, the municipal clerk shall assume the responsibilities of such registrar.

Sec. 2. (NEW) (Effective from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage) Notwithstanding any provision of title 9 of the general statutes or section 1 of this act, in any municipality where removal and replacement of a registrar of voters is authorized by charter or ordinance, such authorization shall not be affected. In any such municipality acting under such authorization: (A) Upon the removal of any registrar of voters, any deputy registrar of voters appointed by such registrar shall cease to hold such office; and (B) upon appointment of one new registrar of voters pursuant to such charter or ordinance, such new registrar may appoint a deputy registrar of voters and as many assistant registrars of voters as necessary to carry out the duties required by sections 9-12 to 9-67, inclusive, as amended by this act.

Sec. 3. Subsection (p) of section 9-1 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage):

(p) ["Registrars"] "Registrar" means the [registrars] registrar of voters of the municipality appointed pursuant to section 1 or 2 of this act;

Sec. 4. Subsection (a) of section 9-15a of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage):

(a) The board for admission of electors in each town shall consist of the town clerk and the selectmen, provided the legislative body of any town may, at any time, except during the period of eight weeks prior to a regular election, vote to change the membership of such board to consist of (1) the town clerk, the selectmen and the [registrars] registrar of voters or (2) the town clerk and the [registrars] registrar of voters. [For the purposes of this section, the term "registrars of voters", in a town where there are different registrars of voters for different voting districts, means the registrars of voters in the voting district in which, at the last-preceding election, the presiding officer for the purpose of declaring the result of the vote of the whole town was the moderator.]

Sec. 5. Section 9-53 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage):

The [registrars] registrar of voters in each municipality in which an enrollment session is to be held shall give notice of such session, and of the purpose, day, hours and place thereof, by publication in a newspaper published in or having a circulation in such municipality, not more than fifteen nor less than five days before such session. Nothing in this section shall require that such publication be in the form of a legal advertisement. In each municipality divided into voting districts, any session for enrollment in such municipality may, if the [registrars] registrar of voters so [decide] decides, be held in each such district by assistant registrars of voters appointed [under section 9-192] pursuant to section 1 or 2 of this act, provided the [registrars] registrar of voters in the notice shall specify the place in each such district in which such session is to be held. When such a session is so held in each such district by such assistant registrars of voters, within forty-eight hours after the close of each of such sessions, each of such assistant registrars of voters shall deliver to the registrar of whom he is the appointee a true and attested list or lists, as made by such assistant registrars of voters at such session, showing all enrollments and corrections, if any, by them made, together with a list of all applications rejected under the provisions of sections 9-60 and 9-63.

Sec. 6. Section 9-185 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage):

Unless otherwise provided by special act or charter, (1) members of boards of assessment appeals, (2) selectmen, (3) town clerks, (4) town treasurers, (5) collectors of taxes, (6) constables, [(7) registrars of voters, (8)] (7) subject to the provisions of subsection (i) of section 10-223e, members of boards of education, and [(9)] (8) library directors shall be elected, provided any town may, by ordinance, provide for the appointment, by its chief executive authority, of (A) a constable or constables in lieu of constables to be elected under section 9-200, or (B) a town clerk, town treasurer or collector of taxes in lieu of the election of such officers as provided in section 9-189. Unless otherwise provided by special act or charter, all other town officers shall be appointed as provided by law and, if no other provision for their appointment is made by law, then (i) by the chief executive officer of such municipality, (ii) where the legislative body is a town meeting, by the board of selectmen, or (iii) by such other appointing authority as a town may by ordinance provide, and except that, if a board of finance is established under the provisions of section 7-340, the members thereof shall be elected as provided in section 9-202. Any town may, by a vote of its legislative body, determine the number of its officers and prescribe the mode by which they shall be voted for at subsequent elections.

Sec. 7. Section 9-210 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage):

No selectman shall hold the office of town clerk, town treasurer or collector of town taxes during the same official year, nor that of judge of probate for the district within which such town is located; no town treasurer shall hold the office of collector of town taxes during the same official year; nor shall any town clerk or selectman be [elected] appointed a registrar of voters; and no registrar of voters shall hold the office of town clerk. No assessor shall act as a member of the board of assessment appeals. No member of the board of finance of any town shall hold any salaried town office unless otherwise provided by special act. If any registrar of voters is elected to the office of town clerk or selectman and accepts the office, he shall thereupon cease to be a registrar; and, if any town clerk or selectman is [elected] appointed registrar of voters, the [election] appointment shall be void; and in either of said cases the selectmen shall forthwith appoint another registrar by a writing signed by them and filed with the town clerk. [; but the person so appointed shall be a member of the same political party as that to which the person so elected belongs.]

Sec. 8. Section 9-164a of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage):

Notwithstanding any contrary provision of law, in any municipality in which the date of the municipal election has been changed under section 9-164 and in which the terms of office of one or more elected municipal officers had not, or will have not, expired at the time of the holding of the first municipal election in accordance with such changed date under said section, the legislative body of such municipality shall, prior to July 25, 1969, provide for a reasonable method of transition for such offices which may include reasonable extension of such terms and provision for interim terms. Except as provided in sections 9-164b to [9-164f] 9-164e, inclusive, as amended by this act, 9-187 and 9-187a, as amended by this act, in the absence of such action by such legislative body, the terms of any such officers which do not terminate within three months after such first or a subsequent municipal election held under said section 9-164 shall be extended to the municipal election next held after the expiration of such terms, or to such date, within seventy days after such election, on which the terms of municipal officers generally begin in such municipality, at which election successors shall be elected for the terms provided for by law or for such other transitional terms as are necessary to provide the rotation required by law. The clerk of the municipality, in preparing the list provided for under section 9-254, shall set forth such terms or transitional terms therein.

Sec. 9. Section 9-164e of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage):

Before any action is taken under sections 9-164a to [9-164f] 9-164d, inclusive, as amended by this act, 9-187 and 9-187a, as amended by this act, such proposed action shall be submitted by the legislative body to the municipal attorney of the municipality taking such action for approval as to conforming to law.

Sec. 10. Section 9-187a of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage):

Except as provided in sections 9-164a to [9-164f] 9-164e, inclusive, as amended by this act, the term of each elected municipal official shall begin within seventy days after the municipal election at which such official is elected, on the day within such period prescribed by special act or charter provision, or, in the absence of such special act or charter provision, on the day within such period as is prescribed by action of the legislative body of such municipality, provided (1) in each municipality which holds its municipal election on the first Monday of May in the odd-numbered years, in the absence of such special act or charter provision, or action of the legislative body, such terms shall begin on the first day of July following the municipal election at which such official is elected, and (2) in each municipality which holds its municipal election on the Tuesday after the first Monday of November in the odd-numbered years, with the exception of the term of the town clerk, in the absence of such special act, or charter provision, or action of the legislative body, such term shall begin on the second Tuesday next following the day of the municipal election at which such official is elected, and (3) in each municipality which holds its municipal election on the Tuesday after the first Monday in November in the odd-numbered years, the term of the town clerk shall be two years from the first Monday of January next succeeding his election, unless otherwise provided by charter or special act. Whenever the beginning date of the terms of elected municipal officials is so determined or changed, within the limits hereinabove specified, the authority providing therefor may provide for the conforming diminution or extension of terms of incumbents.

Sec. 11. Section 9-189a of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage):

Notwithstanding the provisions of [sections 9-189 and 9-190a] section 9-189, any town or municipality may, by charter or ordinance, provide that the treasurer or the town clerk of said town or municipality [, or the registrars of voters of said town, or any of such officers,] shall, at the next succeeding regular election for such office and thereafter, be elected for a term of four years. In such event, such four-year term shall begin on the first Monday of January succeeding an election for treasurer or town clerk, except as provided in section 9-187a, as amended by this act, [and from the Wednesday following the first Monday of January succeeding an election for registrars of voters,] provided, if any such town or municipality holds its town or municipal election on the first Monday of May of the odd-numbered years, the term of such treasurer or town clerk shall begin on the first day of July following the election, except as provided in section 9-187a, as amended by this act.

Sec. 12. Section 9-4b of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage):

The Secretary of the State shall establish an elections training unit to coordinate all training for registrars of voters, deputy registrars of voters [, permanent assistant registrars of voters as described in section 9-192] and poll workers. Such unit shall employ at least one person having field experience in the conduct of elections.

Sec. 13. Section 9-192a of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage):

(a) There is created a committee for the purpose of establishing programs and procedures for training, examining and certifying registrars of voters [,] and deputy registrars of voters. [and permanent assistants, as described in section 9-192.] The committee shall consist of six members, one of whom shall be from the office of the Secretary of the State, one of whom shall be from the State Elections Enforcement Commission, and four of whom shall be registrars of voters. The Secretary of the State shall appoint the registrars of voters who shall serve on such committee. [, in consultation with the Registrars of Voters Association of Connecticut, or its successor organization.] The committee members shall serve without pay. The Secretary of the State shall determine the length of the terms of the initial members, in accordance with the following: Two of such members shall serve for a one-year term; two of such members shall serve for a two-year term; and two of such members shall serve for a four-year term. Thereafter, all members shall serve for four-year terms. The committee shall select a chairperson, who shall be one of the registrars who is a member of the committee.

(b) The committee shall adopt criteria for the training, examination and certification requirements of [registrars, deputies and permanent assistants] registrars and deputy registrars. In the adoption of such criteria, the committee (1) shall consider whether the prescribed training leading to certification may, in part, be satisfied through participation in the required two conferences a year called by the Secretary of the State, pursuant to section 9-6, as amended by this act, for purposes of discussing the election laws, procedures or matters related to election laws and procedures, and (2) may recommend programs at one or more institutions of higher education that satisfy such criteria. [Any] Either the registrar of voters [, deputy or permanent assistant may] or deputy registrar of voters of each municipality shall participate in the course of training prescribed by the committee and, upon completing such training and successfully completing any examination or examinations prescribed by the committee, shall be recommended by the committee to the Secretary of the State as a candidate for certification as a certified Connecticut registrar of voters. The Secretary of the State shall certify any such qualified, recommended candidate as a certified Connecticut registrar of voters. The Secretary of the State may rescind any such certificate only upon a finding, by a majority of the committee, of sufficient cause as defined by the criteria adopted pursuant to this subsection. [No provision of this subsection shall require any registrar of voters, deputy or permanent assistant to be a certified registrar of voters.]

(c) The committee shall also (1) develop a training program in election procedures for poll workers, and (2) develop an election law and procedures training program and guide for registrars [,] and deputy registrars. [and assistant registrars.] The training program developed under subdivision (2) of this section shall provide for training to be conducted by [trained registrars or former registrars] designees of the Secretary of the State hired for such purpose by [the Secretary of the State] said Secretary. The committee shall submit such training programs and training guide to the Secretary of the State, who shall approve or modify the programs and guide.

Sec. 14. Section 9-192b of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage):

Each registrar of voters shall annually designate either [said] such registrar [,] or the deputy registrar of voters [or an assistant registrar of voters] to receive at least ten hours of instruction under the elections training program developed under subdivision (2) of subsection (c) of section 9-192a, as amended by this act.

Sec. 15. Subsection (g) of section 9-7a of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(g) [In] (1) Except as provided in subdivision (2) of this subsection, in the case of a written complaint filed with the commission pursuant to section 9-7b on or after January 1, 1988, if the commission does not, by the sixtieth day following receipt of the complaint, either issue a decision or render its determination that probable cause or no probable cause exists for one or more violations of state election laws, the complainant or respondent may apply to the superior court for the judicial district of Hartford for an order to show cause why the commission has not acted upon the complaint and to provide evidence that the commission has unreasonably delayed action. [Such proceeding]

(2) In the case of a statement filed by the Secretary of the State with the commission pursuant to section 9-7b, as amended by this act, on or after July 1, 2015, if the commission does not, by the thirtieth day following such filing, make a determination to investigate such statement and, by the ninetieth day following such filing, complete any investigation of such statement, the Secretary may apply to the superior court for the judicial district of Hartford for an order to show cause why the commission has not acted upon the statement and to provide evidence that the commission has unreasonably delayed action.

(3) Any judicial proceeding pursuant to subdivision (1) or (2) of this subsection shall be privileged with respect to assignment for trial. The commission shall appear and give appropriate explanation in the matter. The court may, in its discretion, order the commission to: [(1)] (A) Continue to proceed pursuant to section 9-7b, [(2)] as amended by this act, (B) act by a date certain, or [(3)] (C) refer the complaint or statement to the Chief State's Attorney. Nothing in this subsection shall require the commission, in any proceeding brought pursuant to this subsection, to disclose records or documents which are not required to be disclosed pursuant to subsection (b) of section 1-210. Nothing in this subsection shall preclude the commission from continuing its investigation or taking any action permitted by section 9-7b, as amended by this act, unless otherwise ordered by the court. The commission or any other party may, within seven days after a decision by the court under this subsection, file an appeal of the decision with the Appellate Court.

Sec. 16. Section 9-236b of the general statutes is amended by adding subsection (f) as follows (Effective from passage):

(NEW) (f) The provisions of section 9-261, as amended by this act, describing requirements for identification, shall be posted where the official checkers are located in each polling location. Such posting shall be in a manner prescribed by the Secretary of the State.

Sec. 17. Section 9-395 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(a) Forthwith upon the certification provided in section 9-391, the clerk of the municipality shall publish, in a newspaper having a general circulation in such municipality, the fact of such certification and that a list of the persons endorsed as candidates is on file in his office and copies thereof are available for public distribution. If, with respect to any office or position to be filled, the clerk of the municipality has failed to receive the certification of the name of any person as a party-endorsed candidate within the time limited in section 9-391, such fact shall be published by the clerk of the municipality. Together with such information, the clerk shall publish a notice that a primary will be held for the nomination by such political party of a candidate for the offices to be filled or for the election of members of the town committee, as the case may be, if a candidacy is filed in accordance with the provisions of sections 9-382 to 9-450, inclusive. Such notice shall specify the final date for the filing of such candidacy and the date of the primary, shall state where forms for petitions may be obtained and shall generally indicate the method of procedure in the filing of such candidacy. The Secretary of the State shall prescribe the form of such notice. The clerk shall forthwith publish any change in the party-endorsed candidates, listing such changes.

(b) In any year in which a state election is to be held, the notice described in subsection (a) of this section shall: (1) Be published not later than the seventy-sixth day preceding the day of the primary, (2) indicate that the certification provided in section 9-391 can be made, and (3) indicate that a list of persons endorsed as candidates will be on file [in the clerk's office, as provided in subsection (a) of this section] with the Secretary of the State. The requirement contained in subsection (a) of this section to publish the fact that the clerk of the municipality has failed to receive the certification of the name of any person as a party-endorsed candidate within the time limit in section 9-391, shall not apply to the notice required by this subsection.

Sec. 18. Section 9-412 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

Upon the receipt of any page of a petition proposing a candidacy for a municipal office or for member of a town committee, the registrar shall forthwith sign and give to the person submitting the petition a receipt in duplicate, stating the number of pages filed and the date and time of filing and shall forthwith certify on each such page the number of signers on the page who were enrolled on the last-completed enrollment list of such party in the municipality or political subdivision, as the case may be, and shall forthwith file such certified page in person or by mail, as described in section 9-140b, as amended by this act, with the clerk of the municipality, together with the registrar's certificate as to the whole number of names on the last-completed enrollment list of such party in such municipality or political subdivision, as the case may be, [within] not later than seven days after receipt of the page. If such page involves a municipal office to be voted upon at a state election, such registrar shall also file a certificate, on a form prescribed by the Secretary of the State, that includes the name and full street address of each candidate and the title and district of such office not later than seven days after receipt of such page. In checking signatures on primary petition pages, the registrar shall reject any name if such name does not appear on the last-completed enrollment list in the municipality or political subdivision, as the case may be. Such rejection shall be indicated by placing a mark in a manner prescribed by the Secretary before the name so rejected. The registrar may place a check mark before each name appearing on the enrollment list to indicate approval but shall place no other mark on the page except as provided in this chapter. The registrar shall not reject any name for which the street address on the petition is different from the street address on the enrollment list, if (1) such person is eligible to vote for the candidate or candidates named in the petition, and (2) the person's date of birth, as shown on the petition page, is the same as the date of birth on the person's registration record. The registrar shall reject any page of a petition which does not contain the certifications provided in section 9-410, or which the registrar determines to have been circulated in violation of any other provision of section 9-410. Petitions filed with the municipal clerk shall be preserved for a period of three years and then may be destroyed.

Sec. 19. Section 9-307 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

[Immediately after the polls are closed] Not later than forty-eight hours after the close of the polls, the official checker or checkers, appointed under the provisions of section 9-234, as amended by this act, shall make and deliver to the moderator a certificate stating the whole number of names on the registry list or enrollment list including, if applicable, unaffiliated electors authorized under section 9-431 to vote in the primary, and the number checked as having voted in that election or primary. For the purpose of computing the whole number of names on the registry list, the lists of persons who have applied for presidential or overseas ballots prepared in accordance with section 9-158h shall be included. If a paper registry list is used, the [registrars] registrar or assistant registrars, as the case may be, [acting at the respective polls,] shall write and sign with ink, on the list or lists so used and checked, a certificate of the whole number of names registered on the list eligible to vote in the election or primary and the number checked as having voted in that election or primary, and deposit it in the office of the municipal clerk. [of their town on or before the following day.] If an electronic version of the registry list is used, the electronic device upon which such list is stored shall be returned to the registrars of voters who shall cause the electronic registry list to be printed. Such printed list shall be signed by [each] the registrar, who shall deposit such list in the office of the municipal clerk. [on the following day.] The municipal clerk shall carefully preserve the paper registry list or printed electronic registry list, as applicable, on file, with the marks on it without alteration, for public inspection, and shall immediately enter a certified copy of such certificate on the town records. Subject to the provisions of section 7-109, the municipal clerk may destroy any voting checklist four years after the date upon which it was used. The moderator shall place the certificate which the moderator received from the official checker or checkers in the office of the municipal clerk [on or before the following day] not later than forty-eight hours after the close of the polls.

Sec. 20. Section 9-309 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

[As soon as the polls are closed] Upon the close of the polls, the moderator, in the presence of the other election officials, shall immediately lock the voting tabulator against voting and immediately cause the vote totals for all candidates and questions to be produced. The moderator shall, in the order of the offices as their titles are arranged on the ballot, read and announce in distinct tones the result as shown, giving the number indicated and indicating the candidate to whom such total belongs, and shall read the votes recorded for each office on the ballot. The moderator shall also, in the same manner, announce the vote on each constitutional amendment, proposition or other question voted on. The vote so announced by the moderator shall be taken down by each checker and recorded on the tally sheets. Each checker shall record the number of votes received for each candidate on the ballot and also the number received by each person for whom write-in ballots were cast. Once completed, the vote totals produced by the tabulator shall be prepared for transmission to the Secretary of the State. The result totals shall remain [in full] subject to public view until the statement of canvass and all other reports have been fully completed and signed by the moderator, checkers and [registrars] registrar, or assistant registrars, as the case may be. [The] Any other remaining result of the votes cast shall be publicly announced by the moderator [, who shall read] not later than forty-eight hours after the close of the polls. Such public announcement shall consist of reading (1) the name of each candidate, with the designating number and letter on the ballot and the absentee vote as furnished the moderator by the absentee ballot counters, [; also] and (2) the vote cast for and against each question submitted. While such announcement is being made, ample opportunity shall be given to any person lawfully present to compare the results so announced with the result totals provided by the tabulator and any necessary corrections shall then and there be made by the moderator, checkers and [registrars] registrar or assistant registrars, after which the compartments of the voting tabulator shall be closed and locked. In canvassing, recording and announcing the result, the election officials shall be guided by any instructions furnished by the Secretary of the State.

Sec. 21. Section 9-314 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(a) As used in this subsection, "moderator" means the moderator of each state election in each town not divided into voting districts and the head moderator in each town divided into voting districts. The moderator shall make out a preliminary list of the votes given for each of the following officers: Presidential electors, Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of the State, Treasurer, Comptroller, Attorney General, United States senator, representative in Congress, state senator, judge of probate and state representative when said officers are to be chosen, as reported solely by the tabulator, as provided in section 20 of this act, in the moderator's municipality and shall immediately transmit such preliminary list to the Secretary of the State not later than midnight on election day. Once the preliminary list has been transmitted to the Secretary of the State, the moderator shall make out a duplicate list of the votes given in the moderator's town for each of the following officers: Presidential electors, Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of the State, Treasurer, Comptroller, Attorney General, United States senator, representative in Congress, state senator, judge of probate [,] and state representative [and registrars of voters] when said officers are to be chosen. [Said] Such duplicate list shall include a statement of the total number of names on the official check list of such town and the total number checked as having voted. The moderator [may] shall transmit such list to the Secretary of the State by [facsimile machine or other] electronic means as prescribed by the Secretary of the State [, not later than midnight on election day.] not later than forty-eight hours after the close of the polls on election day. [If the moderator transmits such list by such electronic means, the] The moderator shall also seal and deliver one of such lists to the Secretary of the State not later than the third day after the election. [If the moderator does not transmit such list by such electronic means, the moderator shall seal and deliver one of such lists by hand either (1) to the Secretary of the State not later than six o'clock p.m. of the day after the election, or (2) to the state police not later than four o'clock p.m. of the day after the election, in which case the state police shall deliver it by hand to the Secretary of the State not later than six o'clock p.m. of the day after the election.] Any such moderator who fails to so deliver such list to [either] the Secretary of the State [or the state police] by the time required shall pay a late filing fee of fifty dollars. The moderator shall also deliver one of such lists to the clerk of such town. [on or before the day after such election.] The Secretary of the State shall enter the returns in tabular form in books kept by the Secretary for that purpose and present a printed report of the same, with the name of, and the total number of votes received by, each of the candidates for said offices, to the General Assembly at its next session.

(b) As used in this subsection, "moderator" means the moderator of each municipal election in each town not divided into voting districts, and the head moderator in each town divided into voting districts. The moderator shall forthwith transmit to the Secretary of the State the results of the vote for each office contested at such election by [facsimile machine or other] electronic means as prescribed by the Secretary of the State [, not later than midnight on election day] not later than forty-eight hours after the close of the polls on election day. [If the moderator transmits such list by such electronic means, the] The moderator shall also seal and deliver one of such lists to the Secretary of the State not later than the third day after the election. [If the moderator does not transmit such list by such electronic means, the moderator shall seal and deliver one of such lists by hand either (1) to the Secretary of the State not later than six o'clock p.m. of the day after the election, or (2) to the state police not later than four o'clock p.m. of the day after the election, in which case the state police shall deliver it by hand to the Secretary of the State not later than six o'clock p.m. of the day after the election.] Any such moderator who fails to so deliver such list to [either] the Secretary of the State [or the state police] by the time required shall pay a late filing fee of fifty dollars. Such moderator shall include in such return a statement of the total number of names on the official check list of such town and the total number checked as having voted. Such return shall be on a form prescribed by the Secretary of the State.

Sec. 22. Subsection (a) of section 9-322a of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(a) Not later than [seven days] forty-eight hours following each regular state election, the head moderator, registrars of voters and town clerk for each town divided into voting districts shall meet to identify any error in the returns. Not later than [fourteen] three days following each regular state election, the head moderator shall correct any error identified and file an amended return with the Secretary of the State and the registrars of voters.

Sec. 23. (NEW) (Effective from passage) (a) Two or more municipalities may jointly perform any function that each municipality is required to perform individually under title 9 of the general statutes by entering into an agreement pursuant to this section. Any such agreement shall be negotiated and shall contain all provisions upon which each participating municipality agrees. Any such agreement shall establish a process for amendment of, termination of and withdrawal from such agreement. Any proposed agreement shall be submitted to the legislative body of each participating municipality for a vote to ratify or reject such agreement. The legislative body of each participating municipality shall provide an opportunity for public comment prior to any such vote. For purposes of this section, providing an opportunity for public comment does not require a legislative body to conduct a public hearing.

(b) For any municipality in which the legislative body is the town meeting, such legislative body may, by resolution, vote to delegate its authority to ratify or reject a proposed agreement to the board of selectmen, provided such board of selectmen provides an opportunity for public comment in accordance with this section.

Sec. 24. Section 2-30a of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage):

(a) At such time as a proposed constitutional amendment and its concomitant ballot question are approved by the General Assembly for presentation to the electors of the state for their consideration at a general election, the Office of Legislative Research shall prepare a concise explanatory text as to the content and purpose of the proposed constitutional amendment subject to the approval of the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of constitutional amendments. Upon such approval, the Secretary of the State shall cause such proposed amendment and such explanatory text to be printed and transmitted to the town clerk [, and to the registrars] and the registrar of voters in each town in the state in sufficient supply for public distribution.

(b) The Secretary of the State shall print the explanations of proposed constitutional amendments, as required by subsection (a) of this section, on posters of a size to be determined by said Secretary and shall mail at least three such posters for every polling place within a town [, to the registrars of voters. Said registrars] to the registrar of voters. Such registrar shall cause at least three such posters to be posted at each polling place at which electors shall be voting on such proposed constitutional amendments. Any posters received by the [registrars] registrar in excess of the number required by this subsection to be so posted may be displayed by [said registrars at their] such registrar at his or her discretion at locations which are frequented by the public. No expenditure of state funds shall be made to influence electors to vote for or against any such proposed constitutional amendment.

Sec. 25. Section 7-42 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage):

Each registrar of vital statistics shall ascertain as accurately as the registrar can all marriages, deaths and fetal deaths, and all births, upon the affidavit of the father or mother, occurring in the registrar's town, and record the same in such form and with such particulars as are prescribed by the department. The registrar shall give licenses to marry, according to provisions of law, shall make and perfect all records of the birth and death of the persons born or deceased in the registrar's town, and, when any birth or death happens of which no certificate is returned to the registrar, shall obtain the information required by law respecting such birth or death. The registrar shall ensure that all certificates of birth, marriage, death and fetal death are fully completed before accepting the certificate for filing. The registrar shall include the Social Security numbers of both persons on all marriage licenses. The registrar shall make available to all persons in the registrar's town who, in the registrar's judgment, are likely to need them, blank forms for the certificates and returns required by law to be made to the registrar, and shall amend or correct certificates of births, marriages, deaths and fetal deaths that occurred in the registrar's town, and the records thereof, whenever the registrar discovers transcribing, typographical or clerical errors upon the face thereof. When the registrar makes a correction on a certificate of birth, marriage, death or fetal death, the registrar shall, within ten days, forward an authenticated copy of the corrected certificate to the department and any other registrar having a copy of the certificate. The registrar shall maintain sufficient documentation, as prescribed by the commissioner, to support such correction, and shall ensure the confidentiality of such documentation as required by law. The date of the correction and a summary description of the evidence submitted in support of the correction shall be made part of the record. The certificate shall not be marked "Amended" unless an amendment is made as provided in subdivision (10) of section 7-36. The registrar shall record on each certificate of birth, marriage, death or fetal death received for record the date of its receipt, by writing on the certificate or through electronic means. The registrar of vital statistics from the town where a child was born may electronically access birth data for such child to make corrections and amendments as requested by the parent or parents, the reporting hospital, or the department, excluding amendments regarding parentage and gender change. Amendments to vital records made by the registrar of vital statistics in the town of occurrence shall be made in accordance with section 19a-42. The registrar shall keep the records of the registrar's office, when a fireproof safe is not provided for the registrar's use, in the vaults provided for the land records of the town. The registrar may, with the approval of the department, store any records not in current use in a location other than the registrar's office or such vaults, provided such location shall be approved by the Public Records Administrator, and provided such location is within the limits of such town. The registrar shall, on or before the fifteenth day of each month, send to the commissioner an authenticated copy of each certificate of birth, marriage, death and fetal death received by the registrar for the calendar month next preceding or a notification that no such certificate has been received. Such notification shall be in a format prescribed by the department. Copies of certificates of births, marriages, deaths and fetal deaths, transmitted to the commissioner as required under this section, shall be plain, complete and legible transcripts of the certificates. If a transcript is illegible or incomplete, the commissioner shall require of the registrar a complete or legible copy. Each registrar of vital statistics shall also transmit to the [registrars] registrar of voters for the registrar's town a notice of the death of any person seventeen years of age or older, at the same time the registrar of vital statistics transmits the authenticated copy of the certificate of death for such person to the commissioner under this section.

Sec. 26. Section 9-5 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage):

At least one week prior to each state or municipal election, the Secretary of the State shall send to the [registrars] registrar of voters of each municipality in which such election is to be held a copy of such instructional materials as the secretary deems necessary for use by the moderator in each voting district. At the time when the moderator or moderators are appointed, such [registrars] registrar shall give to each such moderator such materials as [they have] the registrar has received from the secretary.

Sec. 27. Section 9-5a of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage):

Each town shall provide the [registrars] registrar of voters with office space, supplies and equipment, including facilities for the safe storage and ready accessibility of the official records of such [registrars. Such records shall be accessible to all registrars of voters in such town and they shall be jointly responsible for their safekeeping] registrar, who shall be responsible for the safekeeping of such records.

Sec. 28. Section 9-5b of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage):

When the [registrars of voters are] registrar of voters is required by law to maintain, have on file or retain any document, record, list or other paper, the same shall be kept in [their office or, if they do] such registrar's office, or if such registrar does not have a permanent office, in the office space provided under section 9-5a, as amended by this act.

Sec. 29. Section 9-6 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage):

Each registrar of voters or, in the absence of a registrar, the deputy registrar of voters, and each municipal clerk or, in the absence of a municipal clerk, one of the assistant municipal clerks shall be compensated by the municipality which the registrar or clerk represents, as provided for in this section, for attending two conferences a year for town clerks and registrars of voters which may be called by the Secretary of the State for the purpose of discussing the election laws, procedures or matters related thereto. Each such official shall be compensated by the municipality at the rate of thirty-five dollars per day for attending each such conference, plus mileage to and from such conference at a rate per mile determined by the municipality, but not less than twenty cents per mile, computed from the office of such official or, if he has no office, from his home to the place where such conference is being held.

Sec. 30. Subdivision (1) of subsection (a) of section 9-7b of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage):

(1) To make investigations on its own initiative or with respect to statements filed with the commission by the Secretary of the State, any town clerk or any registrar of voters or upon written complaint under oath by any individual, with respect to alleged violations of any provision of the general statutes relating to any election or referendum, any primary held pursuant to section 9-423, 9-425 or 9-464 or any primary held pursuant to a special act, and to hold hearings when the commission deems necessary to investigate violations of any provisions of the general statutes relating to any such election, primary or referendum, and for the purpose of such hearings the commission may administer oaths, examine witnesses and receive oral and documentary evidence, and shall have the power to subpoena witnesses under procedural rules the commission shall adopt, to compel their attendance and to require the production for examination of any books and papers which the commission deems relevant to any matter under investigation or in question. Until the commission determines that it is necessary to investigate a violation, commission members and staff shall keep confidential any information concerning a complaint or preliminary investigation, except upon request of the treasurer, deputy treasurer, chairperson or candidate affiliated with a committee that is the subject of the complaint or preliminary investigation. In connection with its investigation of any alleged violation of any provision of chapter 145, or of any provision of section 9-359 or section 9-359a, the commission shall also have the power to subpoena any municipal clerk and to require the production for examination of any absentee ballot, inner and outer envelope from which any such ballot has been removed, depository envelope containing any such ballot or inner or outer envelope as provided in sections 9-150a, as amended by this act, and 9-150b and any other record, form or document as provided in section 9-150b, in connection with the election, primary or referendum to which the investigation relates. In case of a refusal to comply with any subpoena issued pursuant to this subsection or to testify with respect to any matter upon which that person may be lawfully interrogated, the superior court for the judicial district of Hartford, on application of the commission, may issue an order requiring such person to comply with such subpoena and to testify; failure to obey any such order of the court may be punished by the court as a contempt thereof. In any matter under investigation which concerns the operation or inspection of or outcome recorded on any voting tabulator, the commission may issue an order to the [registrars] registrar of voters to impound such tabulator until the investigation is completed;

Sec. 31. Subdivision (3) of subsection (a) of section 9-7b of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage):

(3) (A) To issue an order requiring any person the commission finds to have received any contribution or payment which is prohibited by any of the provisions of chapter 155 or 157, after an opportunity to be heard at a hearing conducted in accordance with the provisions of sections 4-176e to 4-184, inclusive, to return such contribution or payment to the donor or payor, or to remit such contribution or payment to the state for deposit in the General Fund or the Citizens' Election Fund, whichever is deemed necessary to effectuate the purposes of chapter 155 or 157, as the case may be;

(B) To issue an order when the commission finds that an intentional violation of any provision of chapter 155 or 157 has been committed, after an opportunity to be heard at a hearing conducted in accordance with sections 4-176e to 4-184, inclusive, which order may contain one or more of the following sanctions: (i) Removal of a treasurer, deputy treasurer or solicitor; (ii) prohibition on serving as a treasurer, deputy treasurer or solicitor; and (iii) in the case of a party committee or a political committee, suspension of all political activities, including, but not limited to, the receipt of contributions and the making of expenditures, provided the commission may not order such a suspension unless the commission has previously ordered the removal of the treasurer and notifies the officers of the committee that the commission is considering such suspension;

(C) To issue an order revoking any person's eligibility to be appointed or serve as an election, primary or referendum official or unofficial checker or in any capacity at the polls on the day of an election, primary or referendum, when the commission finds such person has intentionally violated any provision of the general statutes relating to the conduct of an election, primary or referendum, after an opportunity to be heard at a hearing conducted in accordance with sections 4-176e to 4-184, inclusive;

(D) To issue an order to enforce the provisions of the Help America Vote Act, P.L. 107-252, as amended from time to time, as the commission deems appropriate;

(E) To issue an order following the commission's determination of the right of an individual to be or remain an elector when such determination is made (i) pursuant to an appeal taken to the commission from a decision of the [registrars] registrar of voters or board of admission of electors under section 9-31l, as amended by this act, or (ii) following the commission's investigation pursuant to subdivision (1) of this subsection;

(F) To issue a cease and desist order for violation of any general statute or regulation under the commission's jurisdiction and to take reasonable actions necessary to compel compliance with such statute or regulation;

Sec. 32. Section 9-12 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage):

(a) Each citizen of the United States who has attained the age of eighteen years, and who is a bona fide resident of the town to which the citizen applies for admission as an elector shall, on approval by the [registrars] registrar of voters or town clerk of the town of residence of such citizen, as prescribed by law, be an elector, except as provided in subsection (b) of this section. For purposes of this section a person shall be deemed to have attained the age of eighteen years on the day of the person's eighteenth birthday and a person shall be deemed to be a bona fide resident of the town to which the citizen applies for admission as an elector if such person's dwelling unit is located within the geographic boundaries of such town. No mentally incompetent person shall be admitted as an elector.

(b) Any citizen who will have attained the age of eighteen years on or before the day of a regular election may apply for admission as an elector. If such citizen is found to be qualified the citizen shall become an elector on the day of the citizen's eighteenth birthday. The [registrars] registrar shall add the name of any person applying under this subsection, if found qualified, to the registry list and, if applicable, to the enrollment list, together with the effective date of [his registration. The registrars] such person's registration. The registrar may place the name of each such person at the end of the registry and enrollment lists for the voting district.

Sec. 33. Section 9-16 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage):

The [registrars] registrar of voters in each town shall give notice of the time and place of each session for the admission of electors held pursuant to section 9-17, as amended by this act, by publication in a newspaper published or circulated in such town not more than fifteen nor less than five days before each such session. Nothing herein shall require that such publication be in the form of a legal advertisement.

Sec. 34. Section 9-17 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage):

(a) For the purposes of this section, "primary day" means the day that a primary for state, district and municipal offices is being held in accordance with section 9-423, and "election day" means the day of each regular election. (1) The [registrars] registrar of voters of each town shall hold sessions to examine the qualifications of electors and admit those found qualified on the dates and at the times set forth in this section. Such sessions shall be held on the following days during the hours indicated, except as provided in subdivision (2) of this subsection:

T1

Day

Hours

T2

    Fourteenth day

 

T3

    before primary day ……………….

any two hours between

T4

 

5:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.

T5

    Saturday of third week

 

T6

    before election day .……………….

10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

T7

    Seventh day

 

T8

    before election day .……………….

9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

The session of the [registrars] registrar of voters on the seventh day before election day shall be the last regular session for the admission of electors prior to an election, as defined in subsection (y) of section 9-1. (2) No town having a population of less than twenty-five thousand persons shall be required to hold sessions for admission of electors on the fourteenth day before primary day.

(b) Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection (a) of this section, the [registrars] registrar of voters shall hold a limited session on the last week day before each regular election from nine o'clock a.m. to five o'clock p.m. for the purpose of admitting only those persons whose qualifications as to age, citizenship or residence in the municipality were attained after the last session for the admission of electors prior to an election. The [registrars] registrar shall enter the names of those electors admitted at such limited session on the proper list, with their residences by street and numbers.

(c) In addition to the sessions held pursuant to subsections (a) and (b) of this section, the [registrars] registrar of voters in each town shall hold one session each year, between the first of January and the last day of the school year, at each public high school in such town, for the admission of persons who are eligible for admission under subsection (a) or (b) of section 9-12, provided, in the case of a public high school in a regional school district, such session shall be held on a rotating basis by the [registrars] registrar of voters for each town which is a member of the regional school district. The [registrars] registrar of voters need not give notice of this session by publication in a newspaper.

Sec. 35. Section 9-17a of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage):

As used in sections 9-17, 9-19b, as amended by this act, 9-19c(a), 9-20, as amended by this act, 9-23a, 9-24, 9-31a, as amended by this act, 9-31b, as amended by this act, and 9-31l, as amended by this act, unless otherwise provided, the term "admitting official" means a town clerk, assistant town clerk, registrar of voters, deputy registrar of voters [,] or assistant registrar of voters [, special assistant registrar of voters] or the board for admission of electors.

Sec. 36. Subsections (b) to (d), inclusive, of section 9-19b of the general statutes are repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage):

(b) Except during the period between the last session for the admission of electors prior to an election and the day following that election, [either registrar of voters, or a deputy registrar, assistant registrar or special assistant registrar appointed in accordance with the provisions of section 9-192] the registrar of voters, or a deputy registrar or an assistant registrar appointed pursuant to section 1 or 2 of this act, may examine the qualifications of any person applying to be admitted as an elector in the town and, except for applications submitted pursuant to subdivision (4) of this subsection, approve such application submitted in person (1) at the office of such official; (2) at any enrollment session of the registrars of voters; (3) at any public place; (4) at any time and at any place in the town, other than a public place; or (5) at any public office of the Department of Motor Vehicles, Labor Department or Department of Social Services which is located in the town in which the registrar, deputy registrar [, assistant registrar or special assistant registrar] or assistant registrar serves, if written notice of the date and time is given seven days in advance thereof to the commissioner of such department. Upon receipt of a written notice under subdivision (5) of this subsection, the commissioner of the department may designate a portion of the public office which shall be used for the admission of electors. [The other registrar, or any deputy, assistant or special assistant registrar] The registrar, or a deputy or assistant registrar, shall be permitted to be present during the admission of any person pursuant to subdivisions (4) and (5) of this subsection. Applications accepted and examined prior to the last session for admission of electors prior to an election pursuant to subdivision (4) of this subsection may be approved after such last session. The admission of any person pursuant to subdivision (4) shall be effective on the date when [both registrars approve such application. The registrar who receives such application from the applicant shall give written notice to the other registrar within one business day after such receipt and the registrars shall forthwith act on such applications] the registrar approves such application. No rejection of any application under subdivision (4) of this subsection shall be effective until the registrar has mailed to [the other registrar and] the applicant a notice stating [the reasons] any reason for the rejection. Any applicant whose application is rejected may appeal under the provisions of section 9-31l, as amended by this act.

(c) Such registrar, deputy [, assistant or special assistant registrar] or assistant registrar accepting applications in accordance with subdivision (4) of subsection (b) of this section shall provide the applicant with a receipt. Upon approval or disapproval of the application, the [registrars] registrar shall send a notice thereof by first-class mail with instructions on the envelope that it be returned if not deliverable at the address shown thereon. If such notice of approval is returned undeliverable, the [registrars] registrar shall take the necessary action in accordance with section 9-35, as amended by this act, or 9-43, as amended by this act.

(d) During the period between the last session for the admission of electors prior to an election and the opening of the limited session for the admission of electors held on the last weekday before such election under section 9-17, the town clerk or assistant town clerk during office hours and at the office of such official and [either] the registrar of voters or a deputy or assistant registrar at the office of such official may examine the qualifications of any person applying in person to be admitted in such town and approve the application of such person whose qualifications as to age, citizenship or residence in the municipality were attained after such last session and on or before the last weekday prior to such election.

Sec. 37. Subsection (a) of section 9-19c of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage):

(a) Upon the presentation to the town clerk or [either] the registrar of voters of any town of the signed application of twenty-five or more persons who are employed by the same employer at the same place of employment in such town, or twenty-five or more persons who attend the same school, college or university which is located in such town, or who reside at the same hospital, residential care home, rest home, nursing home or convalescent home located in such town and who believe that they possess the qualifications for admission as electors, which application may be made at any time except during the period between seven days before the last session for the admission of electors prior to an election and the day following such election, and shall be in form substantially as provided in section 9-19d; an admitting official, within the time hereinafter specified, shall go to such place of employment, school, college, or university or hospital, residential care home, rest home, nursing home or convalescent home for the purpose of taking and acting upon applications for admission as electors of any persons who reside in any Connecticut town and who are authorized to be on the premises. No application need be accepted by such town clerk or [registrars] registrar from persons working at any such place of employment, attending any such school, college or university or residing at any such hospital, residential care home, rest home, nursing home or convalescent home if a session for the admission of electors has been held on such premises within one hundred twenty days prior to the making of such petition. Such official to whom such application is presented shall, within seven days after the receipt of such application, inform [each] the registrar of voters and the employer, or chief administrative officer of the school, college or university or hospital, residential care home, rest home, nursing home or convalescent home of the date and time at which he will go to such place for such purpose, which date shall be not less than seven days nor more than ten days after the sending of the notice by such official to such employer or chief administrative officer, except that no session shall be held after the last session for admission of electors prior to an election. The official with whom the application is filed may request any other admitting official to go in his stead.

Sec. 38. Section 9-19e of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage):

Except during the period between the last session for the admission of electors prior to an election and the day following that election, an admitting official of any town, as defined in section 9-17a, may, at the times and places prescribed by law, accept applications for admission as an elector from persons who reside in any Connecticut town and examine their qualifications. Each such application for admission shall be made on a form prescribed by the Secretary of the State and shall provide a space for application for enrollment in a political party as provided in section 9-23a. Such admitting official shall hand a receipt to the applicant and immediately mail the application to the town clerk or [registrars] registrar of voters of the town of residence of the applicant. The town clerk or [registrars] registrar of voters of the town of residence of such applicant shall act upon such application, upon its receipt, and shall note on such copy [his or their action] any such action taken and the date thereof, and if disapproved, [his or their reasons] any reason therefor. If the town clerk acts on the application, he shall deliver such copy to the [registrars] registrar as provided in section 9-20, as amended by this act, and whoever acts upon the application shall immediately send written notification to the applicant, and if the application is disapproved, [he or they] either such official shall send such notification by certified mail. No person shall be admitted as an elector under this section unless his application has been approved by the town clerk or [registrars] registrar of voters of his town of residence. Nothing in this section shall be construed to permit an admitting official to approve applications for admission as an elector in places located outside the boundaries of the municipality or district of which he is an official. Appeals may be taken from the action of such town clerk or [registrars] registrar of voters under this section in accordance with section 9-31l, as amended by this act. Any person making application for registration under this section shall be entitled to the privileges of an elector and party enrollment, if applicable, from the time such application for admission as an elector is approved by the town clerk or [registrars] registrar of voters of his voting residence, provided if such application is made after twelve o'clock noon on the last business day before a primary, such applicant shall be entitled to the privileges of party enrollment immediately after the primary and provided if such application is made on the day of a caucus or convention, such applicant shall be entitled to the privileges of party enrollment immediately after the caucus or convention.

Sec. 39. Section 9-19g of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage):

Notwithstanding the provisions of section 9-19b, as amended by this act, during the period between the last session for the admission of electors prior to an election and the opening of the limited session for such admission held on the last weekday before the election, the town clerk or assistant town clerk during office hours and at the office of such official, and [either] the registrar of voters or a deputy or assistant registrar at the office of such official, may examine the qualifications of any person applying in person to be admitted as an elector in such town and act on such application, except the privileges of an elector shall not attach to any such applicant until written approval is sent to him by such official no earlier than two days following the election. If the application is disapproved, such official shall send notification thereof by certified mail no earlier than two days following the election. At the time of application, the official examining the applicant shall retain a copy of the application and shall hand a receipt thereof to the applicant.

Sec. 40. Subsection (b) of section 9-19h of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage):

(b) In addition to the requirements of subsection (a) of this section, the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles, not later than January 1, 1994, shall include an application for the admission of an elector with each application form provided for a motor vehicle operator's license and a motor vehicle operator's license renewal, which are issued under subpart (B) of part III of chapter 246, and with each application form provided for an identity card issued under section 1-1h. Such application form for the admission of an elector (1) shall be subject to the approval of the Secretary of the State, (2) shall not include any provisions for the witnessing of the application, and (3) shall contain a statement that (A) specifies each eligibility requirement, (B) contains an attestation that the applicant meets each such requirement, and (C) requires the signature of the applicant under penalty of perjury. The Commissioner of Motor Vehicles shall accept any such completed application for admission which is submitted in person or by mail. The applicant shall state on such form, under penalty of perjury, the applicant's name, bona fide residence address, date of birth, whether the applicant is a United States citizen, party enrollment, if any, prior voting address, if registered previously, and that the applicant's privileges as an elector are not forfeited by reason of conviction of a felony. No Social Security number on any such application form for the admission of an elector filed prior to January 1, 2000, may be disclosed to the public or to any governmental agency. The commissioner shall indicate on each such form the date of receipt of such application to ensure that any eligible applicant is registered to vote in an election if it is received by the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles by the last day for registration to vote in an election. The commissioner shall provide the applicant with an application receipt, on a form approved by the Secretary of the State and on which the commissioner shall record the date that the commissioner received the application, using an official date stamp bearing the words "Department of Motor Vehicles". The commissioner shall provide such receipt whether the application was submitted in person or by mail. The commissioner shall forthwith transmit the application to the [registrars] registrar of voters of the applicant's town of residence. If a registration application is accepted within five days before the last day for registration to vote in a regular election, the application shall be transmitted to the [registrars] registrar of voters of the town of voting residence of the applicant not later than five days after the date of acceptance. The procedures in subsections (c), (d), (f) and (g) of section 9-23g, as amended by this act, which are not inconsistent with the National Voter Registration Act of 1993, P.L. 103-31, as amended from time to time, shall apply to applications made under this section. The commissioner is not an admitting official and may not restore, under the provisions of section 9-46a, as amended by this act, electoral privileges of persons convicted of a felony.

Sec. 41. Section 9-19i of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage):

Any change of address form submitted by a person in accordance with law for purposes of a motor vehicle operator's license shall serve as notification of change of address for voter registration for the person unless the person states on the form that the change of address is not for voter registration purposes. The Commissioner of Motor Vehicles shall forthwith transmit such change of address information to the [registrars] registrar of voters of the town of the former address of the person. If the name of the person appears on the registry list of the town, and if the new address is also within such town, the [registrars] registrar shall enter the name of such elector on the registry list at the place where he then resides. If the name of the person appears on the registry list of the town and if the new address is outside such town, the [registrars] registrar shall remove the name of such elector from the registry list and send the elector the notice, information and application required by section 9-35, as amended by this act.

Sec. 42. Subsections (c) to (j), inclusive, of section 9-19j of the general statutes are repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage):

(c) (1) The [registrars] registrar of voters shall designate a location for the completion and processing of election day registration applications on election day, provided [the registrars of voters have] such registrar has access to the state-wide centralized voter registration system from such location.

(2) The [registrars] registrar of voters may appoint one or more election officials to serve at such location and may delegate to such election officials any of the responsibilities assigned to [the registrars of voters. The registrars of voters] the registrar. Such registrar shall supervise such election officials and train such election officials to be election day registration election officials.

(d) Any person applying to register on election day under the provisions of subsections (a) to (i), inclusive, of this section shall make application in accordance with the provisions of section 9-20, as amended by this act, provided (1) on election day, the applicant shall appear in person at the location designated by the [registrars] registrar of voters for election day registration, (2) an applicant who is a student enrolled at an institution of higher education may submit a current photo identification card issued by said institution in lieu of the identification required by section 9-20, as amended by this act, and (3) the applicant shall declare under oath that the applicant has not previously voted in the election. If the information that the applicant is required to provide under section 9-20, as amended by this act, and subsections (a) to (i), inclusive, of this section does not include proof of the applicant's residential address, the applicant shall also submit identification that shows the applicant's bona fide residence address, including, but not limited to, a learner's permit issued under section 14-36 or a utility bill that has the applicant's name and current address and that has a due date that is not later than thirty days after the election or, in the case of a student enrolled at an institution of higher education, a registration or fee statement from such institution that has the applicant's name and current address.

(e) If the [registrars of voters determine] registrar of voters determines that an applicant satisfies the application requirements set forth in subsection (d) of this section, [the registrars of voters] such registrar shall check the state-wide centralized voter registration system before admitting such applicant as an elector.

(1) If the [registrars of voters determine] registrar of voters determines that the applicant is not already an elector, [the registrars of voters] such registrar shall admit the applicant as an elector and the privileges of an elector shall attach immediately.

(2) If the [registrars of voters determine] registrar of voters determines that such applicant is an elector in another municipality and such applicant states that he or she wants to change the municipality in which the applicant is an elector, notwithstanding the provisions of section 9-21, as amended by this act, the [registrars] registrar of voters of the municipality in which such elector now seeks to register shall immediately notify the [registrars] registrar of voters in such other municipality that such elector is changing the municipality in which the applicant is an elector. The [registrars] registrar of voters in such other municipality shall notify the election officials in such municipality to remove such elector from the official voter list of such municipality. Such election officials shall cross through the elector's name on such official voter list and mark "off" next to such elector's name on such official voter list.

(A) If it is reported that such applicant already voted in such other municipality, the [registrars] registrar of voters of such other municipality shall immediately notify the [registrars] registrar of voters of the municipality in which such elector now seeks to register. In such event, such elector shall not receive an election day registration ballot from the [registrars] registrar of voters of the municipality in which such elector now seeks to register. For any such elector, the election day registration process shall cease in the municipality in which such elector now seeks to register and such matter shall be reviewed by the [registrars] registrar of voters in the municipality in which such elector now seeks to register. After completion of such review, if a resolution of the matter can not be made, such matter shall be reported to the State Elections Enforcement Commission which shall conduct an investigation of the matter.

(B) If there is no such report that such applicant already voted in the other municipality, the [registrars] registrar of voters of the municipality in which the applicant seeks to register shall admit the applicant as an elector and the privileges of an elector shall attach immediately.

(f) If the applicant is admitted as an elector, the [registrars] registrar of voters shall provide the elector with an election day registration ballot and election day registration envelope and shall make a record of such issuance. The elector shall complete an affirmation imprinted upon the back of the envelope for an election day registration ballot and shall declare under oath that the applicant has not previously voted in the election. The affirmation shall be in the form substantially as follows and signed by the voter:

AFFIRMATION: I, the undersigned, do hereby state, under penalty of false statement, (perjury) that:

1. I am the person admitted here as an elector in the town indicated.

2. I am eligible to vote in the election indicated for today in the town indicated.

3. The information on my voter registration card is correct and complete.

4. I reside at the address that I have given to the [registrars] registrar of voters.

5. If previously registered at another location, I have provided such address to the [registrars] registrar of voters and hereby request cancellation of such prior registration.

6. I have not voted in person or by absentee ballot and I will not vote otherwise than by this ballot at this election.

7. I completed an application for an election day registration ballot and received an election day registration ballot.

.... (Signature of voter)

(g) The elector shall forthwith mark the election day registration ballot in the presence of the [registrars] registrar of voters in such a manner that [the registrars of voters] such registrar shall not know how the election day registration ballot is marked. The elector shall place the election day registration ballot in the election day registration ballot envelope provided, and deposit such envelope in a secured election day registration ballot depository receptacle. At the time designated by the [registrars] registrar of voters and noticed to election officials, [the registrars of voters] such registrar shall transport such receptacle containing the election day registration ballots to the area, either district or central, where absentee ballots are counted and such election day registration ballots shall be counted by the election officials present at such location. A section of the head moderator's return shall show the number of election day registration ballots received from electors. The [registrars] registrar of voters shall seal a copy of the vote tally for election day registration ballots in a depository envelope with the election day registration ballots and store such election day registration depository envelope with the other election results materials. The election day registration depository envelope shall be preserved by the [registrars] registrar of voters for the period of time required to preserve counted ballots for elections.

(h) The provisions of the general statutes and regulations concerning procedures relating to the custody, control and counting of absentee ballots shall apply as nearly as possible, to the custody, control and counting of election day registration ballots under subsections (a) to (i), inclusive, of this section.

(i) After the acceptance of an election day registration, the [registrars] registrar of voters shall forthwith send a registration confirmation notice to the residential address of each applicant who is admitted as an elector on election day under subsections (a) to (i), inclusive, of this section. Such confirmation shall be sent by first class mail with instructions on the envelope that it be returned if not deliverable at the address shown on the envelope. If a confirmation notice is returned undelivered, the [registrars] registrar shall forthwith take the necessary action in accordance with section 9-35, as amended by this act, or 9-43, as amended by this act, as applicable, notwithstanding the May first deadline in section 9-35, as amended by this act.

(j) No person shall solicit in behalf of or in opposition to the candidacy of another or himself or herself or in behalf of or in opposition to any question being submitted at the election, or loiter or peddle or offer any advertising matter, ballot or circular to another person within a radius of seventy-five feet of any outside entrance in use as an entry to the [registrars'] registrar's of voters designated location for election day registration balloting or in any corridor, passageway or other approach leading from any such outside entrance to such [registrars' of voters] registrar's designated location or in any room opening upon any such corridor, passageway or approach.

Sec. 43. Subsections (d) to (f), inclusive, of section 9-19k of the general statutes are repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage):

(d) In order for an applicant's registration or change in registration to be approved, the applicant shall mark the box associated with the following statement included as part of the online application:

"By clicking on the box below, I swear or affirm all of the following under penalty of perjury:

(1) I am the person whose name and identifying information is provided on this form, and I desire to register to vote in the State of Connecticut.

(2) All of the information I have provided on this form is true and correct as of the date I am submitting this form.

(3) I authorize the Department of Motor Vehicles or other Connecticut state agency to transmit to the Connecticut Secretary of the State or my town's [registrars] registrar of voters my signature that is on file with such agency and understand that such signature will be used by the Secretary of the State or my town's [registrars] registrar of voters on this online application for admission as an elector as if I had signed this form personally."

(e) Upon approval of such application, the [registrars] registrar of voters shall send a notice of approval pursuant to section 9-19b, as amended by this act, to the applicant.

(f) If an applicant registers to vote pursuant to the provisions of this section after the fourteenth day before an election or after the fifth day before a primary, the privileges of an elector shall not attach until the day after such election or primary, as the case may be. In such event, the [registrars] registrar of voters may contact such applicant, either by telephone or mail, in order to inform such applicant of the effect of such late received application and any applicable deadline for applying for admission in person.

(g) Nothing in this section shall prevent the registrar of voters or any election official appointed by such registrar of voters to admit any applicant as an elector from utilizing the online voter registration system established pursuant to this section for the purpose of admitting such applicant on election day pursuant to section 9-19j, as amended by this act.

Sec. 44. Subsections (b) and (c) of section 9-20 of the general statutes are repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage):

(b) The applicant's statement shall be delivered to the [registrars] registrar of voters immediately and shall be kept by [the registrars] such registrar as a public record in a safe depository, except that no Social Security number obtained by the [registrars] registrar prior to January 1, 2000, may be disclosed to the public or to any governmental agency. Any such statement of an elector whose name has been removed from the registry list for a period of at least five years may be placed on microfilm, destroyed or otherwise disposed of by [such registrars] the registrar of voters, in the manner provided in section 7-109. Upon the request of any elector, or if the applicant does not present a birth certificate, drivers' license or Social Security card as required by subsection (a) of this section, at the time an application is made in person to an admitting official or prior to the approval of such an application, any admitting official shall require the applicant to prove his identity, place of birth, age and bona fide residence by the testimony under oath of at least one elector or by the presentation of proof satisfactory to such admitting official. Each person found qualified shall thereupon be admitted as an elector, except as provided in sections 9-12, 9-19e, 9-19g, as amended by this act, and 9-30. The [registrars] registrar of voters may request an elector whose date of birth is missing from their records to voluntarily furnish his date of birth. Any admitting official may administer oaths in any matter coming before him under section 9-12, as amended by this act, 9-17, as amended by this act, 9-19b, as amended by this act, subsection (a) of section 9-19c, section 9-19e, as amended by this act, 9-19g as amended by this act, 9-23, as amended by this act, 9-23a, 9-25, as amended by this act, 9-31a, as amended by this act, 9-31b, as amended by this act, 9-31l, as amended by this act, 9-40a, as amended by this act, or this section. Said admitting official shall prohibit any activity which interferes with the orderly process of admission of electors.

(c) The application for admission as an elector shall include a statement that (1) specifies each eligibility requirement, (2) contains an attestation that the applicant meets each such requirement, and (3) requires the signature of the applicant under penalty of perjury. Each registrar of voters and town clerk shall maintain a copy of such statement in braille, large print and audio form. The Department of Rehabilitation Services shall produce a videotape presenting such statement in voice and sign language and provide the videotape to the Secretary of the State who shall make copies of the videotape and provide a copy to the [registrars] registrar of voters of any municipality, upon request and at a cost equal to the cost of making the copy. If a person applies for admission as an elector in person to an admitting official, such admitting official shall, upon the request of the applicant, administer the elector's oath.

Sec. 45. Section 9-21 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage):

(a) If any applicant for admission as an elector in any town has previously been admitted as an elector in any other town in this state, or in any other state, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, American Samoa, the Virgin Islands, Guam or the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands, he shall, under penalties of perjury, so declare, and shall also declare by what name and in what town and state, district or territory he was last admitted as an elector and the street address from which he last voted therein. The admitting official shall within forty-eight hours thereafter transmit a notice of cancellation of such registration, upon a form prescribed by the Secretary of the State to the [registrars] registrar of voters of such other town or, in the case of a town in another state, district or territory, to the appropriate registration official or officials in such other town. Upon receipt of such notice of cancellation of registration, the [registrars] the registrar of voters of the town from which such elector has removed shall forthwith erase the name of such elector from the registry list of the town, if the same has not been erased therefrom.

(b) When the Secretary of the State receives information from a registration official of another state, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, American Samoa, the Virgin Islands, Guam or the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands that an elector of this state has registered in such other state, district or territory, the Secretary of the State may transmit a notification of such registration to the [registrars] registrar of voters of the town where such individual may be an elector in this state. If [the registrars determine] such registrar determines that the individual identified in the notice is an elector in this state, [the registrars] such registrar shall remove the name of such elector from the registry list.

Sec. 46. Section 9-21a of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage):

(a) The Secretary of the State, at such times as the Secretary determines, may cause a search to be made of computerized voter registration records to identify electors who may be registered in more than one town. The Secretary may compile, from such search, a list of possible duplicate registrations in any town or towns and transmit such list to the registrar or registrars of voters of the appropriate town or towns.

(b) Upon receipt of such list from the Secretary, the [registrars] registrar of voters of a town may make such additional investigation as [they deem] he or she deems necessary to determine if any elector in [their] such town whose name appears on such list was previously registered in another town. The [registrars] registrar of voters shall send to each elector on the registry list in [their] the registrar's town, [who] whom the [registrars of voters determine] registrar determines to be the same person who was previously registered in another town, a notice of duplicate registration in a form prescribed by the Secretary of the State stating that (1) based on a computer search of voter registration records it appears that the elector may have been registered to vote in another town before registering in the [registrars'] registrar's town, (2) as the result of such previous registration, the elector is no longer entitled to remain on the registry list in the previous town, and (3) unless the elector contacts the [registrars] registrar of voters within thirty days to confirm that the elector is still entitled to be on the registry list in the previous town, the elector's name shall be removed from the list. The notice of duplicate registration shall include a form on which the elector may confirm that the elector is entitled to be on an active registry list because the elector is a bona fide resident of the [registrars'] registrar's town and either is not the person whose name appears on the registry list of another town, or has registered in [the registrars'] such registrar's town after registering in any other town.

(c) When an elector whose name appears on the inactive list files the confirmation provided for in this section, the elector's name shall be restored to the active list. No elector shall be removed from the registry list pursuant to this section unless [both registrars of voters agree] the registrar of voters determines that such elector has subsequently registered to vote in another town.

Sec. 47. Section 9-23 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage):

(a) The [registrars] registrar of voters shall post, at the town hall or municipal building in the town in which they serve, the hours [they are] he or she is available to the public. Any change in the regular business hours of the office of the [registrars] registrar of voters, and any hours for said office required under the general statutes for a specific day, shall be posted at least ten days before such change or day.

(b) The [registrars] registrar of voters shall enter the name, residence, date of birth and date of admission of each person admitted as an elector in the records of the [registrars'] registrar's office, which shall be prima facie evidence that each such person possesses the requisite qualifications of an elector. The [registrars] registrar shall also enter such voter information in the state-wide centralized voter registration system and shall maintain such voter information for active electors in a fire-proof cabinet in the [registrars' office. The registrars] registrar's office. The registrar shall file monthly in the office of the town clerk an updated list of active electors in the town.

Sec. 48. Subsections (a) to (f), inclusive, of section 9-23g of the general statutes are repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage):

(a) In addition to the procedures for admission of electors under sections 9-19b, as amended by this act, 9-19c, as amended by this act, 9-19e, as amended by this act, 9-20, as amended by this act, and 9-31, any person may apply to [a] the registrar of voters of the town of his residence for admission as an elector in accordance with the provisions of this section and section 9-23h, as amended by this act.

(b) The Secretary of the State shall prescribe, and provide to registrars of voters, town clerks and voter registration agencies, as defined in section 9-23n, as amended by this act, application forms and other materials necessary to complete such application and admission process. The Secretary of the State, registrars of voters and town clerks shall provide a reasonable number of such forms and materials to any elector who requests such forms and materials. The secretary shall also, in the course of the secretary's elections duties, prepare instructions and related materials describing procedures for such application and admission process and shall provide the materials to registrars of voters and town clerks. The application shall contain the information required under section 9-23h, as amended by this act. All statements of the applicant shall be made under the penalties of perjury. The application for admission as an elector shall include a statement that (1) specifies each eligibility requirement, (2) contains an attestation that the application meets each such requirement, and (3) requires the signature of the applicant under penalty of perjury. Nothing in this section or section 9-23h, as amended by this act, shall require that the application be executed in the state. An applicant who is unable to write may cause the applicant's name to be signed on the application form by an authorized agent who shall, in the space provided for the signature, write the name of the applicant followed by the word "by" and the agent's own signature. The completed application may be mailed or returned in person to the office of the [registrars] registrar of voters or the office of the town clerk of the applicant's town of residence or a voter registration agency. If the applicant entrusts the applicant's application to another person or to such a voter registration agency for mailing or return to the [registrars] registrar of voters, such person or agency shall immediately mail or return the application. Any such voter registration agency shall also provide the applicant with an application receipt, on which the agency shall record (A) the date that the agency received the application, using an official date stamp bearing the name of the agency, and (B) the party affiliation, if any, of the applicant. The agency shall provide such receipt whether the application was submitted in person or by mail. The town clerk shall promptly forward any application which the town clerk receives to the [registrars] registrar of voters. Such application form shall be provided by or authorized by the Secretary of the State.

(c) Forthwith upon receipt of a registration application in the office of the [registrars] registrar of voters, the registrar shall mark such date on the application and review the application to determine whether the applicant has properly completed it and is legally qualified to register. Forthwith upon completing his review, the registrar shall (1) indicate on the application whether the application has been accepted or rejected, (2) mail a notice to the applicant, and (3) indicate on the application the date on which such notice is mailed. [, and (4) provide a copy of such notice to the other registrar.] If the registrar determines that the applicant has not properly completed the application or is not legally qualified to register, the notice shall indicate that the application has been rejected and shall state [the] any reason for rejection. If the registrar determines that the applicant has properly completed the application and is legally qualified to register, the notice shall indicate that the application has been accepted. A notice of acceptance or a notice of rejection shall be sent (A) within four days of receipt of an application during the period beginning on the forty-ninth day before an election and ending on the twenty-first day before such election, (B) on the day of receipt of an application if it is received (i) during the period beginning on the twentieth day before such election and ending on the [fourteenth] seventh day before such election, (ii) during the period beginning on the [thirteenth] sixth day before an election and ending on election day if the application has been received by the [fourteenth] seventh day before an election by the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles or by a voter registration agency, (iii) during the period beginning on the twenty-first day before a primary and ending on the fifth day before a primary, or (iv) during the period beginning on the fourth day before a primary and ending at twelve o'clock noon on the last weekday before a primary, if the application has been postmarked by the fifth day before the primary and is received in the office of the [registrars] registrar of voters during such period or if the application is received by the fifth day before a primary by the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles or by a voter registration agency, and (C) within ten days of receipt of an application at any other time. A notice of acceptance shall be sent by first-class mail with instructions on the envelope that it be returned if not deliverable at the address shown on the envelope. A notice of acceptance shall indicate the effective date of the applicant's registration and enrollment, the date of the next regularly scheduled election or primary in which the applicant shall be eligible to vote and the applicant's precinct and polling place. If a notice of acceptance of an application is returned undelivered, the [registrars] registrar shall forthwith take the necessary action in accordance with section 9-35, as amended by this act, or 9-43, as amended by this act, notwithstanding the May first deadline in section 9-35, as amended by this act. An applicant for admission as an elector pursuant to this section and section 9-23h, as amended by this act, may only be admitted as an elector by [a] the registrar of voters of the town of his residence. Not later than December thirty-first, annually, the Secretary of the State shall establish an official calendar of all deadlines set forth in this subsection for regularly scheduled elections and primaries to be held in the following calendar year.

(d) (1) Except as otherwise provided in this subsection, the privileges of an elector for any applicant for admission under this section and section 9-23h, as amended by this act, shall attach immediately upon approval by the registrar, and the [registrars] registrar shall enter the name of the elector on the registry list.

(2) Except as provided in subdivision (3) of this subsection, if a mailed application is postmarked, or if a delivered application is received in the office of the [registrars] registrar of voters, after the [fourteenth] seventh day before an election or after the fifth day before a primary, the privileges of an elector shall not attach until the day after such election or primary, as the case may be. In such event, the [registrars] registrar of voters may contact such applicant, either by telephone or mail, in order to inform such applicant of the effect of such late received mail-in application and any applicable deadline for applying for admission in person.

(3) If an application is received after the [fourteenth] seventh day before an election or after the fifth day before a primary by the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles or by a voter registration agency, the privileges of an elector shall not attach until the day after the election or primary, as the case may be, or on the day the registrar approves it, whichever is later.

(4) If on the day of an election or primary, the name of an applicant does not appear on the official check list, such applicant may present to the moderator at the polls either a notice of acceptance received through the mail or an application receipt that was previously provided to the applicant pursuant to section 9-19e, as amended by this act, subsection (b) of section 9-19h, as amended by this act, subsection (b) of this section or section 9-23n, as amended by this act. If an applicant presents said notice or receipt, and either the [registrars of voters find] registrar of voters finds the original application or the applicant submits a new application at the polls, the registrar, or assistant registrar upon notice to and approval by the registrar, shall add such person's name and address to the official check list on such day and the person shall be allowed to vote if otherwise eligible to vote and the person presents to the checkers at the polling place a preprinted form of identification pursuant to subparagraph (A) of subdivision (2) of subsection (a) of section 9-261, as amended by this act.

(e) A registration application filed under this section shall be rejected if the application (1) has not been signed or dated by the applicant or the authorized agent of the applicant pursuant to subsection (b) of this section, (2) does not indicate the applicant's date of birth or bona fide residence, (3) does not indicate United States citizenship, provided the [registrars of voters have] registrar of voters has contacted such applicant to provide an opportunity to answer such question, or (4) is determined by the Secretary of the State to be substantially defective. No registration application filed under this section shall be rejected if the application fails to provide the applicant's Social Security number or the zip code of the applicant's bona fide residence.

(f) Upon admission of an applicant under subsection (d) of this section, who indicated on his registration application that he changed residence since voting last in Connecticut, the registrar of voters of the town of such applicant's current residence shall notify the registrar of any other town who accepted the voter's last registration [, and the registrar in the voter's place of last residence, if different] and the registrar of the town of the voter's last residence, if different. Notification shall be made upon a form prescribed by the Secretary of the State. A registrar receiving such a notification shall delete the elector's name from the registry list.

Sec. 49. Section 9-23h of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage):

The application provided for in section 9-23g, as amended by this act, shall provide spaces for the following information for each applicant: (1) Name, (2) bona fide residence, including street number, street address, apartment number if applicable, town and zip code, (3) telephone number, (4) date of birth, (5) whether the applicant is registered as an elector in any other town in the state of Connecticut or in any other state, and if so, the applicant's last previous voting residence, (6) whether the applicant is a United States citizen, (7) whether the applicant will be eighteen years of age on or before election day, (8) party affiliation, if any, (9) the applicant's signature and date of signature, and (10) the applicant's Connecticut motor vehicle operator's license number or, if none, the last four digits of the applicant's Social Security number. The spaces for the applicant's telephone number and party affiliation shall indicate that such information does not have to be provided. On any such application printed on or after January 1, 2006, the space for the applicant's party affiliation shall also include a list of the names of the major parties, as defined in section 9-372, as amended by this act, as options for the applicant. The spaces regarding United States citizenship and whether the applicant will be eighteen years of age on or before election day shall indicate that if the applicant answers "No" to either question, the applicant may not complete the voter registration form. No Social Security number on any such form filed prior to January 1, 2000, may be disclosed to the public or to any governmental agency. The application shall contain a notice that if the applicant does not receive a notice of acceptance or rejection of the application from the office of the [registrars] registrar of voters for the municipality in which the applicant resides, the applicant should contact said office. The application shall also contain any other information, questions or instructions prescribed by the Secretary of the State.

Sec. 50. Subsection (b) of section 9-23n of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage):

(b) Voter registration agencies shall (1) distribute mail voter registration application forms, (2) assist applicants for such assistance or services in completing voter registration application forms, except for applicants who refuse such assistance, (3) accept completed voter registration application forms and provide each applicant with an application receipt, on which the agency shall record the date that the agency received the application, using an official date stamp bearing the name of the agency, and (4) immediately transmit all such applications to the [registrars] registrar of voters of the town of voting residence of the applicants. The agency shall provide such receipt whether the application was submitted in person or by mail. If a registration application is accepted within five days before the last day for registration to vote in a regular election, the application shall be transmitted to the [registrars] registrar of voters of the town of voting residence of the applicant not later than five days after the date of acceptance. The voter registration agency shall indicate on the completed mail voter registration application form, without indicating the identity of the voter registration agency, the date of its acceptance by such agency, to ensure that any eligible applicant is registered to vote in an election if it is received by the registration agency by the last day for registration to vote in an election. If a state-funded program primarily engaged in providing services to persons with disabilities provides services to a person with a disability at the person's home, the agency shall provide such voter registration services at the person's home. The procedures in subsections (c), (d), (f) and (g) of section 9-23g, as amended by this act, that are not inconsistent with the National Voter Registration Act of 1993, P.L. 103-31, as amended from time to time, shall apply to applications made under this section. Officials and employees of such voter registration agencies are not admitting officials, as defined in section 9-17a, and may not restore, under the provisions of section 9-46a, as amended by this act, electoral privileges of persons convicted of a felony.

Sec. 51. Subsections (b) and (c) of section 9-23r of the general statutes are repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage):

(b) If an individual submits such information pursuant to this section as part of the individual's voter registration application and, with respect to subdivision (3) or (4) of subsection (a) of this section, the [registrars of voters are] registrar of voters is able to match the information submitted with an existing Connecticut identification record bearing the same number, name and date of birth as provided, such individual shall not be required to produce identification when voting in person or by absentee ballot and may sign a statement as described in subparagraph (B) of subdivision (2) of subsection (a) of section 9-261, as amended by this act, in lieu of presenting identification when voting in person.

(c) Any additional documentation submitted as part of the voter registration application pursuant to this section may be destroyed by the [registrars] registrar of voters after verification pursuant to the Help America Vote Act, P.L. 107-252, as amended from time to time.

Sec. 52. Section 9-25 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage):

The town clerk or assistant town clerk or [either] the registrar of voters or deputy or assistant registrar, on any week day and at any time before five o'clock p.m. on the last week day before any regular election, when requested in writing by any member of the armed forces desiring to be made an elector, or by any former member of the armed forces discharged therefrom within the calendar year immediately preceding such request, may forthwith examine the qualifications of such person and admit him to the elector's oath if he is qualified.

Sec. 53. Section 9-28 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage):

[Either] The registrar of any town may, in writing, direct the town clerk to mail a copy of the form prescribed in section 9-26, with an envelope for its return, to the last-known address of any person who, in the opinion of such registrar possesses the qualifications required of an applicant for admission as an elector under the provisions of section 9-26, and the town clerk shall forthwith comply with such direction. Upon request to the town clerk by any person, a copy of such form, with an envelope for its return, shall be mailed by the town clerk to any member of the armed forces, of the merchant marine or of any religious or welfare group or agency attached to and serving with the armed forces or any civilian employee of the United States employed outside of this state or to the spouse or a dependent of any of such persons or to any person temporarily residing outside the territorial limits of the several states of the United States and the District of Columbia, or it may be delivered in person if so requested.

Sec. 54. Section 9-31a of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage):

(a) As used in this section and section 9-31b, as amended by this act, "permanently physically disabled person" means a person who, by reason of a major defect or infirmity of body, whether congenital or acquired by accident, injury or disease, is permanently physically incapacitated to a degree that prevents him and will continue to prevent him from appearing in person at the office of the town clerk or [registrars] the registrar of voters of the town where he temporarily or permanently resides.

(b) Any permanently physically disabled person may, in the manner prescribed under this section and upon a form as prescribed under section 9-31b, as amended by this act, apply to the town clerk or [either] the registrar of voters of such town for examination and admission as an elector of any Connecticut town. (1) In the case of a permanently physically disabled person whose qualifications as to age, citizenship or residence in such town are attained on or before the last session for admission of electors prior to an election to be held in the town, the application shall be submitted so that it will be received by such town clerk or [either] registrar of voters not later than such last session. Upon receipt of the application, the town clerk or [either] the registrar of voters shall notify the applicant of the day, and the hour, such day to be within ten days of the receipt of the application, at which an admitting official shall meet with the applicant at the temporary or permanent residence of the applicant. (2) In the case of a permanently physically disabled person whose qualifications as to age, citizenship or residence in such town are attained after the last session for admission of electors prior to an election to be held in the town, the application shall be submitted so that it will be received by such town clerk or [either] registrar of voters not later than the opening of the limited session for the admission of electors held, under section 9-17, on the last weekday prior to the election. Upon receipt of the application, the town clerk or [either] the registrar of voters shall notify the applicant of the day, and the hour, such day and hour to be not later than 5:00 p.m. on the last weekday before the election, at which an admitting official shall meet with the applicant at the temporary or permanent residence of the applicant.

(c) Such admitting official shall meet at the appointed time with the applicant for the purpose of examining his qualifications as an elector and for the purpose of admitting him as an elector if the applicant is found qualified. Such official shall make available to the applicant at such time, upon request, a copy of the statement that specifies each eligibility requirement and contains an attestation that the applicant meets each such requirement (1) in video form in accordance with procedures established by the [registrars] registrar of voters and (2) in braille, large print and audio form. Such official shall provide the applicant with a written notice of approval or disapproval at that time, except as otherwise provided in section 9-19e, as amended by this act. Any person making application for registration under this section shall be entitled to the privileges of an elector and party enrollment, if applicable, from the time such application for admission as an elector is approved by the town clerk or [registrars] the registrar of voters of his voting residence.

Sec. 55. Section 9-31b of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage):

Such application shall be in form substantially as follows:

APPLICATION OF PERMANENTLY PHYSICALLY DISABLED

PERSON FOR ADMISSION AS AN ELECTOR

To the Town Clerk of the town of .... or to the registrar of voters [of the .... Party] of the town of .... I hereby apply for admission as an elector:

(1) My name is .... (last name) (first name) (initial).

(2) My bona fide residence is .... (street and number), but I am presently residing at .... (street, number and town if different from residence above).

(3) I am a permanently physically disabled person and my permanent physical disability prevents me and will continue to prevent me from appearing in person at your office.

(4) I am a United States Citizen who has attained the age of eighteen and my electoral privileges are not forfeited by reason of conviction of any disfranchising crime.

Dated at ...., Connecticut, this .... day of ...., 20...

.... (Signature of Applicant)

Sec. 56. Section 9-31d of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage):

The form of application provided for in section 9-31a, as amended by this act, shall be provided by the town clerk or [either] the registrar of voters of the town in which the individual desiring to make application resides.

Sec. 57. Section 9-31l of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage):

(a) (1) A person who is denied admission as an elector may appeal a decision of an admitting official of a town concerning the right of such person to be or remain an elector. Any such appeal shall be made to the [registrars] registrar of voters of such town, except that if the admitting official who made such decision is [a] such registrar of voters, the appeal shall be made to the board for admission of electors of such town.

(2) Notice of an appeal shall be in writing and delivered to the [registrars] registrar of voters or to the board for admission of electors. Within seven days after receipt of a notice of appeal, [the registrars or the] such registrar or board, as the case may be, shall give written notice of the time and place where such appeal will be heard to the appellant and to the admitting official whose decision is the subject of the appeal. Such appeal shall be heard within twenty-one days after notice of the appeal is delivered to the [registrars] registrar or the board. Neither a registrar whose decision is the subject of the appeal nor a registrar who is an appellant shall be a voting member of the board which hears the appeal.

(3) The [registrars] registrar or the board may receive sworn testimony and any other evidence relating to the qualifications of such person to be or remain an elector.

(4) Within seven days after hearing an appeal, the [registrars] registrar or the board shall render a decision and shall send written notice of the decision to the appellant and the admitting official whose decision was the subject of the appeal.

(b) (1) The person whose right to be or remain an elector is in dispute may appeal the decision of the [registrars] registrar of voters or the board for the admission of electors under subsection (a) of this section to the State Elections Enforcement Commission. If an appeal is not made to the commission as provided in this subsection, the decision of [the registrars or the] such registrar or board shall be final.

(2) Any such appeal shall be in writing and filed with the State Elections Enforcement Commission at its principal offices not later than fourteen days following the decision of the [registrars] registrar or the board. A copy of any such notice of appeal shall also be delivered within such time to the [registrars] registrar or the board that rendered the decision under subsection (a) of this section.

(3) The [registrars] registrar or the board shall, not later than ten days after receipt of a copy of the notice of appeal, deliver the record of the hearing of [the registrars] such registrar or board under subsection (a) of this section to the commission.

(4) The commission shall hear such appeal not later than twenty-one days after notice of appeal is filed with the commission. Such hearing shall be conducted in accordance with the provisions of sections 4-176e to 4-180a, inclusive, and section 4-181a. The commission may consider the record of the hearing delivered by the [registrars] registrar or the board and may examine witnesses, documents and any other evidence that it determines may have a bearing on the proper determination of the issues brought on appeal. The commission's hearing shall be recorded.

(5) The commission shall render its decision not later than sixty days after the close of its hearing, except that an extension of time may be granted by the commission upon application of any party that sets forth circumstances that the commission determines is appropriate to granting an extension of time. The commission may also initiate an extension of time for rendering its decision, after written notice to the parties, provided all of the parties before the commission give their prior written consent.

(6) The decision of the commission shall determine the person's right to be or remain an elector. If any such decision is adverse to such individual's right, the commission shall order [both registrars] the registrar to remove the elector's name from the town's active and inactive registry list and any enrollment list. Any person whose name has been so removed may reapply for admission as an elector with the [registrars] registrar of voters of the same town at any time. If such application is made within four years after the commission's decision, [both registrars] the registrar may approve such application only after [they find] he or she finds that there has been a substantial change in the circumstances that provided the basis for the commission's decision and that the individual is eligible to be an elector. [Registrars who approve] Any registrar who approves an individual's application for admission within this time period without a substantial change in circumstances may be subject to a civil penalty imposed by the commission in accordance with subdivision (2) of subsection (a) of section 9-7b, as amended by this act, if the commission determines, following a written complaint filed with the commission pursuant to said section 9-7b, that the [registrars'] registrar's action was without good cause and constitutes a wilful violation of a prior order of the commission.

Sec. 58. Section 9-32 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage):

(a) In each municipality the [registrars] registrar of voters, between January first and May first, annually, shall cause either (1) a complete house to house canvass to be made in person of each residence on each street, avenue or road within such municipality, (2) a complete canvass to be made by mail of each residence located on each street, avenue or road within such municipality, provided [, upon agreement of both registrars,] the National Change of Address System of the United States Postal Service may be used instead of such mailing, (3) a complete canvass to be made by telephone of each residence located on each street, avenue or road within such municipality, or (4) a complete canvass of each residence within such municipality by any combination of such methods, for the purpose of ascertaining the name of any elector formerly residing on such street, avenue or road who has removed therefrom; provided in the odd-numbered years, no canvass need be conducted by the [registrars] registrar of voters in a town which holds its regular municipal election on the first Monday of May in odd-numbered years. The Secretary of the State shall adopt regulations in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54 setting forth the procedure to be followed in conducting any such canvass by either mail or telephone.

(b) No elector's name shall be removed from the registry list, pursuant to section 9-35, as amended by this act, unless (1) the elector confirms in writing that the elector has moved out of the municipality, or (2) the elector has been sent, by forwardable mail, a notice and a postage prepaid preaddressed return card in accordance with the National Voter Registration Act of 1993, P.L. 103-31, as amended from time to time, four years prior to removal from the registry list and such elector has failed to respond and has not restored the elector's name to the active registry list under section 9-42, as amended by this act, or voted in an election or primary in the municipality during the period beginning on the date of the notice and ending four years later. [If a registrar or a registrar's designee] If the registrar of voters or any designee of the registrar conducts a telephone canvass, a telephone call by any such person shall constitute an attempt to contact the elector only if the elector's household has a published telephone number and the telephone is in operating order. [If a registrar, or a registrar's designee, during a telephone canvass] If the registrar of voters or any designee thereof, during a telephone canvass, contacts a telecommunication device for the deaf in an elector's household, such call shall not constitute an attempt to contact the elector unless [the registrar, or the registrar's designee,] such registrar or designee uses a similar device or uses a message relay center. No elector's name shall be removed from the active registry list pursuant to said section 9-35, as amended by this act, as a result of information obtained during a telephone canvass, unless the registrar of voters believes such information is reliable and sufficient to enable [the] such registrar to determine if the elector is entitled to remain on the list under the provisions of this chapter.

(c) During any such canvass, a canvasser may distribute nonpartisan literature, prescribed by the Secretary of the State, which describes opportunities for voter registration. No Social Security number obtained by the [registrars] registrar of voters during the canvass prior to January 1, 2000, may be disclosed to the public or to any governmental agency. Each municipality shall provide its [registrars] registrar of voters with funds sufficient to conduct the annual canvass in accordance with the requirements of this section. Not later than the thirtieth day following each regular election held in a municipality, the [registrars] registrar of voters of the municipality shall file with the Secretary of the State a certificate that the canvass was conducted prior to the election in accordance with the requirements of this section. The certificate shall be on a form prescribed by the Secretary of the State, shall specify the method or methods by which, and the date or dates on which, the canvass was conducted, and shall be signed under penalty of false statement by [all registrars] the registrar of voters of the municipality.

Sec. 59. Section 9-35 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage):

(a) The [registrars] registrar of voters, on the Tuesday of the fifth week before each regular election, shall be in session for the purpose of completing a correct list of all electors who will be entitled to vote at such election. Such registry list shall consist of an active registry list and an inactive registry list. Such session shall be held during such hours between nine o'clock a.m. and five o'clock p.m. as the [registrars find] registrar finds necessary to complete the list. Notice of such session shall be given at least five days before the session by publication in a newspaper having a circulation in such municipality, if any, and by posting on the signpost therein, if any, or at some other exterior place near the office of the town clerk. Such publication shall not be required to be in the form of a legal advertisement.

(b) At such session and on any day except on the day of an election or primary, the [registrars] registrar shall remove from the list the name of each elector who has died, who has been disfranchised or who has confirmed in writing that the elector has moved out of the municipality, except electors entitled to remain on such list under the provisions of this chapter. An elector shall be deemed to have confirmed in writing that the elector has moved out of the municipality if (1) the elector has submitted a change of address form for purposes of a state motor vehicle operator's license, unless the elector states on the form that the change of address is not for voter registration purposes, (2) the elector has submitted a change of address form to a voter registration agency, as defined in section 9-23n, as amended by this act, and such agency has provided such change of address to the [registrars] registrar of voters, or (3) the [registrars of voters have] registrar of voters has received a cancellation of previous registration from any other election official indicating that such elector has registered as an elector outside such municipality.

(c) Whenever the [registrars of voters of a town remove] registrar of voters of a town removes from the registry list the name of an elector who has submitted a change of address to the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles or a voter registration agency under subdivision (1) or (2) of subsection (b) of this section, indicating that the elector has moved out of such town, [the registrars] such registrar shall send the elector, by forwardable mail to the elector's former address from such list or current address in the new town, (1) a notice of removal, (2) information explaining how to have the elector's name restored to such list, which shall be in a form prescribed by the Secretary of the State, and (3) a mail-in voter registration application which can be used by the elector to apply for admission as an elector in the new town. If such notice, information and application are sent to the elector's former address and are returned undeliverable, the [registrars] registrar shall mail such documents to the elector's address in the new town.

(d) The [registrars] registrar of voters shall enter the names on such list by street and number of the house, when the houses are numbered, so that there shall be entered on the list first, the street, avenue or road; second, the number of the house or residence in numerical order or, if the [registrars of any town find] registrar of any town finds it more convenient, by odd and even numbers in numerical order; and third, the names of the electors in such house in alphabetical order. The names of any electors who cannot be so listed shall be listed alphabetically in the voting district wherein any such elector is a bona fide resident. The [registrars] registrar of voters may consecutively number the names on the registry list, may include voter identification numbers for the names on the registry list, and may include a mark, as prescribed by the Secretary of the State, next to the name of each first-time registrant on the system who registers to vote on or after January 1, 2003, and does not provide identification with his or her mail-in voter registration application as provided in the Help America Vote Act, P.L. 107-252, as amended from time to time, provided such list shall comply in all respects with the requirements of law other than for the addition of such numbers and marks. The [registrars] registrar shall not use Social Security numbers for any such voter identification numbers.

(e) In any case in which the [registrars have] registrar of voters has obtained reliable information of an elector's change of address within the municipality, the [registrars] registrar shall enter the name of such elector on the registry list at the place where the elector then resides, provided, if such reliable information is the National Change of Address System of the United States Postal Service, the registrar shall change the registry list and send the elector a notice of the change by forwardable mail and a postage prepaid preaddressed return form by which the elector may verify or correct the address information. If during the canvass the [registrars determine] registrar determines that an elector has moved out of the municipality and such elector has not confirmed in writing that the elector has moved out of the municipality, the [registrars] registrar shall, not later than May first, send to the elector, by forwardable mail, a notice required by the National Voter Registration Act of 1993, P.L. 103-31, as amended from time to time, together with a postage prepaid preaddressed return card on which the elector may state the elector's current address. In the year of a presidential preference primary, the [registrars] registrar shall send such notice not earlier than the date of such primary. If the registrar does not receive the return card within thirty days after it is sent, the elector's name, including the name of an elector who has not voted in two consecutive federal elections, shall be placed on the inactive registry list for four years. At the expiration of such period of time on the inactive registry list, such name shall be removed from the registry list. If such elector applies to restore the elector's name to the active registry list or votes during such period, the elector's name shall be restored to the active registry list. Such [registrars] registrar shall retain a duplicate copy or record of each such notice in [their office or, if the registrars do] his or her office or, if the registrar does not have a permanent office, in the office space provided under section 9-5a, and shall note on such duplicate copy or record the date on which such notice was mailed. In each municipality, any elector, upon change of residence within the municipality, may cause the elector's registration to be transferred to the elector's new address by presenting to the [registrars] registrar a new application for voter registration. [The registrars shall thereupon] Upon approval by the registrar of such application, such registrar shall enter the elector's name on the list at the elector's new residence. [; provided no transfer of registration shall be made on the registry list on election day without the consent of each registrar.]

Sec. 60. Section 9-35a of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage):

Immediately after the close of the session or immediately after the sending of notice of intended removal provided for in section 9-35, as amended by this act, the [registrars] registrar of voters shall post at the town hall or municipal building in the municipality in which they serve, in a place readily accessible to the public, a list of the names of the electors whose names were removed from the registry list at such session or will be removed on the date specified in section 9-35, as amended by this act, together with the address of each such elector as it appeared on the registry list at the time the name was so removed. Together with such list, and as a part thereof, such [registrars] registrar shall also cause to be posted a statement that complete information as to such removal and as to the privileges and remedies of those whose names were removed from the registry list is available from such [registrars] registrar, specifying when and where such [registrars are] registrar is available for such purpose and, in the case of [registrars] a registrar of voters having office hours, specifying such office hours.

Sec. 61. Section 9-35b of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage):

Except during the period between the last session for the admission of electors prior to an election and the day following that election, any elector of any municipality who desires to relinquish his rights as an elector and to have his name erased from the registry list shall make a signed written request to the [registrars] registrar of voters of such municipality. Upon receipt of such application, the [registrars] registrar shall remove the elector's name from the registry list and any enrollment list. Any person whose name has been removed from the registry list pursuant to this section may reapply for admission as an elector at any time, without prejudice on account of such removal. In the event such person is admitted as an elector, the registrar of the municipality shall notify the [registrars] registrar of the other municipality where such person resided at the time of his relinquishment that [his] such person's electoral privileges have been restored.

Sec. 62. Section 9-35c of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage):

Notwithstanding the provisions of sections 9-238, as amended by this act, 9-406, as amended by this act, and 9-436, as amended by this act, and other provisions of the general statutes, the names of electors on the inactive registry list compiled under section 9-35, as amended by this act, shall not be counted for purposes of computing the number of petition signatures required. Each elector on such inactive registry list who, in the determination of the [registrars] registrar, has signed a petition pursuant to the general statutes, giving the same address as appears on the inactive registry list, shall forthwith be placed on the active registry list compiled under said section 9-35. Each such elector shall be counted for purposes of future computations of the number of signatures required on future petitions issued for other electoral events. The names of electors on the inactive registry list compiled pursuant to section 9-35, as amended by this act, shall not be counted for purposes of computing the minimum percentage of the number of electors required in any charter or special act, if such charter or special act requires approval of a referendum by a minimum percentage of electors qualified on the last-completed registry list or has a similar requirement.

Sec. 63. Section 9-36 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage):

The list for which provision is made in section 9-35, as amended by this act, shall be termed the preliminary registry list and such list shall be available in the office of the [registrars] registrar of voters for public inspection and copies shall be made available for distribution by the [registrars] registrar of voters. Whenever the [registrars of voters are not in their] registrar of voters is not in his or her office, such list shall be available at another municipal office. The [registrars] registrar of voters shall, upon request, give to any candidate for election a copy of the preliminary registry list for each voting district for which such person is a candidate.

Sec. 64. Section 9-37 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage):

The [registrars] registrar of voters or [the] any assistant registrars of voters shall be available for at least one day during the fourteen-day period immediately before all elections for revisions and corrections of the preliminary list which, when completed, shall be termed "the final registry list" for such election. In each municipality, availability of the [registrars] registrar of voters shall be the posted office hours in such municipality for the [registrars] registrar of voters.

Sec. 65. Section 9-38 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage):

The [registrars] registrar of voters in all towns shall produce a final registry list in accordance with the provisions of section 9-37, as amended by this act, and certified by such registrars of voters to be correct. Such final registry list and an updated list that contains the names and addresses of electors to be transferred, restored or added to such list, shall be available in the municipal clerk's office not later than the day following the last day that an elector may make changes to the elector's registration and shall be available in the [registrars of voters'] registrar's of voters office for public inspection. Whenever the [registrars of voters are not in their] registrar of voters is not in his or her office, such list shall be available at another municipal office.

Sec. 66. Section 9-39 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage):

The [registrars] registrar of voters of each municipality shall print copies of the final registry list for distribution in such municipality and in all the voting districts located therein. The [registrars] registrar shall, upon request, produce for any candidate for election the final registry list for each voting district for which such person is a candidate and shall maintain such list, either on paper or in electronic format, for a period of two years.

Sec. 67. Subsection (b) of section 9-40a of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage):

(b) Not later than May first in each year in which a canvass of electors is conducted, the [registrars] registrar of voters shall send the notice of removal and return card required by the National Voter Registration Act of 1993, P.L. 103-31, as amended from time to time, to each member of the armed forces of the United States or their auxiliaries, or a spouse or dependent of such member, whose name has not been checked as having voted in at least one election, primary, referendum or town meeting during the four preceding calendar years. If such elector does not return the card within thirty days, the [registrars] registrar of voters shall place the name of such elector on the inactive registry list compiled under section 9-35, as amended by this act, for four years, and if such name remains on the inactive list for four years, such name shall thereupon be removed from the registry list. Such removal shall not affect the right of such member, spouse or dependent to apply for admission as an elector in such town.

Sec. 68. Subsections (a) to (c), inclusive, of section 9-42 of the general statutes are repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage):

(a) If [it appears at any time] the registrar of voters determines that the name of an elector who was formerly admitted or registered as an elector in a town and who is a bona fide resident of such town has been omitted from the active registry list compiled under section 9-35, as amended by this act, by clerical error, the [registrars] registrar of voters shall add such name to such list. [; provided no name shall be added to the active registry list on election day without the consent of both registrars of voters.]

(b) If it appears at any time that the name of an elector who was formerly admitted or registered as an elector in a town and who is a bona fide resident of such town has been omitted from the active registry list, the [registrars] registrar of voters shall, upon submission of a new application for voter registration signed by the elector under penalties of false statement, add such name to the active registry list. [, provided no name shall be added to the active registry list on election day without the consent of both registrars of voters.]

(c) The [registrars] registrar of voters shall cause the inactive registry list compiled under section 9-35, as amended by this act, to be completed and printed and available to the public. The [registrars] registrar of voters shall provide copies for use in the polling place on election day. If on election day the name of an elector appears on such inactive registry list, including the name of an elector who has not responded to a confirmation of voting residence notice under subsection (e) of section 9-35, as amended by this act, and has not voted in two consecutive federal elections, such name shall be added to the active registry list upon submission of a new application for voter registration signed by the elector, under penalties of false statement, before an election official at the polling place and upon the consent of [both registrars] the registrar of voters or any assistant registrars of voters, as the case may be, in the polls.

Sec. 69. Subsection (a) of section 9-42a of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage):

(a) On the written request of any elector who identifies himself to the satisfaction of the [registrars of voters, such registrars] registrar of voters, such registrar shall make any changes in the name of such elector as it appears on the registry list, provided such elector furnishes reasonable evidence to the [registrars] registrar that the name as changed is a lawful name of such elector. No such change shall be made between the Tuesday of the fifth week before a regular election and the day of such election.

Sec. 70. Section 9-43 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage):

When the [registrars in any municipality are unable to agree upon the removal from the registry list of such municipality of the name of any elector concerning whom the claim is made by either registrar that such elector does not maintain] registrar of voters of any municipality challenges the right of an elector to have such elector's name retained on the registry list of such municipality by questioning whether such elector maintains a residence within such municipality, [the registrars] such registrar shall send to such elector, by registered or certified mail at the address at which his name appears on such list, a notice and return card required by the National Voter Registration Act of 1993, P.L. 103-31, as amended from time to time, that his right to have his name retained on such list has been challenged. [; and,] Thereafter, unless such elector has filed with the [registrars] registrar, not later than seven days before the next succeeding regular election or primary to be held in such municipality, an application for the retention of his electoral privileges therein, the [registrars] registrar shall place his name on the inactive registry list compiled under section 9-35, as amended by this act. Such challenge may be made, and notice thereof sent, at any time except for the period of five weeks before any regular election to be held in such municipality. Such application for the retention of electoral privileges shall be a signed and sworn application in form substantially as follows:

"I, ...., (insert name of elector) an elector of the town of .... (insert name of town) now registered at .... (insert name of street, and number, if any) do hereby state under oath that I maintain a place of abode at .... (insert name of street, and number, if any) within such town; that my absence is temporary from said town for the following reasons: ....; that it is my present intention to maintain a domicile and residence in said town and return thereto whenever the necessity for temporary absence has ceased; that I am not now registered elsewhere as an elector nor have I any present intention so to register.

... (Signature of elector)

Sworn to and subscribed before me on this .... day of ...., 20.., at ....

....

Notary Public or other officer

empowered to administer oaths".

Upon receipt of such application, if [either] the registrar, in writing signed by him or her, certifies on such application that he or she believes such claim of residence has sufficient foundation in fact, the name of such elector shall be retained on the active registry list of the municipality and [his] such elector's right to vote therein at the next succeeding regular election or primary shall not be challenged by the [registrars] registrar because of any question of residence. Otherwise, the name of such elector shall be placed on the inactive registry list for four years and then removed from the registry list. All applications herein provided for shall be kept by the [registrars] registrar as a permanent record. [; and, when] When no application for retention of [his] electoral privilege is received from any elector whose right to have his name retained on the registry list is challenged under the provisions of this section, the [registrars] registrar shall keep as a permanent record evidence that the notice required by this section has been sent in the manner provided herein.

Sec. 71. Subsection (c) of section 9-46a of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage):

(c) The [registrars] registrar of voters of the municipality in which a person is admitted as an elector pursuant to subsection (a) or (b) of this section, within thirty days after the date on which such person is admitted, shall notify the [registrars] registrar of voters of the municipality wherein such person resided at the time of such person's conviction that such person's electoral rights have been so restored.

Sec. 72. Section 9-50a of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage):

The [registrars] registrar of voters of each town shall compile a list of (1) all persons whose names were added, restored, removed or erased from the active and inactive registry lists, (2) all electors who changed either their names or addresses, and (3) all persons sent notices required under the National Voter Registration Act of 1993, P.L. 103-31, as amended from time to time, and all persons who have replied to such notices. Such list shall include, but not be limited to, each such person's or elector's (A) name, (B) former name, (C) address, (D) former address, (E) voting district, and (F) party affiliation, if any. The [registrars] registrar shall make each such list available to the public in accordance with the provisions of section 1-210.

Sec. 73. Subsection (c) of section 9-50b of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage):

(c) Not later than sixty days after each election or primary, [the registrars] each registrar of voters shall update the state-wide centralized voter registration system and indicate whether the eligible voters on the official registry list for such election or primary voted and, if so, if they voted in person or by absentee ballot.

Sec. 74. Section 9-51 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage):

The [registrars] registrar of voters shall make changes and corrections in the list of enrolled electors at any time. On the fourteenth day before each primary, the [registrars] registrar of voters in each town shall hold a mandatory enrollment session for the purpose of making an enrollment of the electors who are entitled to vote in primaries. All enrollment sessions of the [registrars] registrar of voters shall be held in a public place maintained by the municipality at such hours between twelve o'clock noon and nine o'clock p.m. as said [registrars prescribe] registrar prescribes, provided each such session shall be held for not less than two consecutive hours and provided, in any municipality divided into voting districts in which an enrollment session is held in each such district, the hours of such session in each of the districts shall be uniform. This section shall apply in each municipality, the provisions of any special act to the contrary notwithstanding.

Sec. 75. Section 9-52 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage):

The [registrars] registrar of voters in each municipality may hold additional discretionary enrollment sessions for the purpose of making an enrollment of the electors who are entitled to vote in any primary or caucus in such municipality at such other times as [all such registrars in such municipality] such registrar in such municipality may deem necessary; but no such session shall be held on the day when a caucus or primary is held or during the fourteen days preceding a primary or the day before a caucus.

Sec. 76. Section 9-54 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage):

The [registrars] registrar of voters shall compile separate lists of all qualified electors making application for enrollment according to the declared political preference of such electors. Before each primary at which unaffiliated electors are authorized to vote, under section 9-431, the [registrars] registrar of voters shall also compile a list of unaffiliated electors which shall be a component of the official checklist to be used at such primary. In those towns having cities or boroughs within, and not coterminous with, their limits, the [registrars] registrar of voters shall also prepare such lists for use in such cities or boroughs; and when towns, cities or boroughs are divided into wards or voting districts, the [registrars] registrar shall also prepare such lists for such wards or voting districts. Any town, city, consolidated town and city, or consolidated town and borough may, by vote of its legislative body, require the [registrars] registrar of voters to designate the party affiliation, if any, of each elector on the registry list with the name of such elector, and, if it is so voted, may provide for the continuance or discontinuance of separate enrollment lists, except as provided in section 9-55, as amended by this act. Whenever an elector's name has been removed from the registry list or transferred upon the registry list because of a change of address within the municipality, pursuant to section 9-35, as amended by this act, such name shall also, at the same time, be removed from or transferred upon the enrollment list or upon the list of unaffiliated electors, if applicable. In all municipalities, when a transfer of enrollment between separate lists of the same political party is made because of the removal of an elector from one voting district or ward to another voting district or ward in the same municipality, the [registrars] registrar of voters shall transfer the name of such elector from the list on which it appears to the enrollment list of the same political party in the voting district or ward to which such elector has removed unless such elector has made application for erasure or transfer of enrollment to the list of another party. All such enrollment lists and lists of unaffiliated electors shall be arranged in the manner provided by section 9-35, as amended by this act, for the arrangement of registry lists in such town except as modified by sections 9-51 to 9-65, as amended by this act, inclusive.

Sec. 77. Section 9-55 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage):

(a) The [registrars] registrar of voters shall cause to be printed at least once during the calendar year a complete enrollment list and shall make such list available to the public upon request.

(b) If a political party authorizes unaffiliated electors to vote in a primary, under section 9-431, and a notice of primary is published, the [registrars] registrar shall cause a list of all unaffiliated electors eligible to vote in the primary to be printed before such primary. If unaffiliated electors are authorized to vote in only one party's primary and are authorized to vote for all offices to be contested at the primary, the [registrars] registrar may print the list of unaffiliated electors in combination with such party's enrollment list, indicating party affiliation where applicable.

(c) If the legislative body of the municipality votes to eliminate separate enrollment lists under section 9-54, as amended by this act, and:

(1) Notices of primaries are published for two parties to be held on the same day, the [registrars] registrar of voters shall print complete separate enrollment lists and, if unaffiliated electors are authorized to vote in the primary, the [registrars] registrar of voters shall print a separate list of unaffiliated electors as provided in subsection (b) of this section; or

(2) A notice of primary is published for one party in which unaffiliated electors are authorized to vote for some but not all offices to be contested at the primary, the [registrars] registrar of voters shall print a complete separate enrollment list and a separate list of unaffiliated electors as provided in subsection (b) of this section; or

(3) A notice of primary is published for only one party and (A) unaffiliated electors are not authorized to vote, or (B) unaffiliated electors are authorized to vote for all offices to be contested at the primary, a registry list may be used as a checklist at the primary and the [registrars] registrar of voters shall print a supplementary or updated list indicating those electors who have become eligible to vote in the primary since the printing of the registry list.

(d) Whenever a list is required by this section to be printed, a supplement to such list shall be compiled by the [registrars] registrar of voters of persons who after such date and prior to twelve o'clock noon of the last business day before the primary become eligible to vote in such primary. The [registrars] registrar of voters may combine such separate compilation with the foregoing printed list by reprinting the list or incorporating the updated list.

(e) The [registrars] registrar of voters shall make available for public use such list in the office of the [registrars] registrar of voters until the printing of the next completed enrollment list; and they shall deliver to the chairman of the town committee of each political party copies of each such list for each voting district in the town. Whenever the [registrars of voters are not in their] registrar of voters is not in his or her office, such list shall be available at another municipal office. Upon request, the [registrars] registrar of voters shall give one complete set of such lists to each candidate for nomination for any office or for election as a town committee member. The [registrars] registrar of voters shall deliver a sufficient number of copies thereof to the moderator of each primary. No petition brought under the provisions of section 9-63 shall operate to delay the completion and printing of such lists. If the petition of any elector is granted after any such list has been completed, the [registrars of voters or] registrar of voters or any assistant registrars of voters, as the case may be, shall issue to such elector a certificate showing that the elector is entitled to the privileges accompanying enrollment in the political party named in the elector's petition.

Sec. 78. Section 9-56 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage):

Except as otherwise provided in the case of an elector whose name has not been placed on or has been removed from the enrollment list under section 9-59, as amended by this act, 9-60, 9-61 or 9-62, any elector not enrolled on any enrollment list may at any time make a written and signed application for enrollment to the [registrars] registrar of voters on an application form for admission as an elector, in accordance with the requirements of this section. The application shall be effective as of the date it is filed with the [registrars] registrar of voters of the town of residence of the applicant and any person making application for enrollment in such manner shall immediately be entitled to the privileges of party enrollment unless the application for enrollment (1) is filed in person by the applicant with the [registrars] registrar of voters after twelve o'clock noon on the last business day before a primary, in which case he shall be entitled to the privileges of party enrollment immediately after the primary, (2) is otherwise filed with the registrar after the fifth day before the primary, in which case he shall be entitled to the privileges of party enrollment immediately after the primary, except as provided in section 9-23a, or (3) is filed with the [registrars] registrar of voters after 5:00 p.m. on the last business day before a caucus or convention, in which case he shall be entitled to the privileges of party enrollment immediately after the caucus or convention. The application shall be signed or initialed by the registrar, deputy, assistant or registrar's clerk receiving it, or by such other personnel as such registrar or deputy may appoint for the purpose, showing the date when such application is received and, in the case of an applicant not immediately eligible under section 9-59, as amended by this act, 9-60, 9-61 or 9-62 to the privileges accompanying enrollment in the party named in his application, the date upon which such applicant becomes so eligible. In municipalities divided into voting districts in which an enrollment session is held in each district thereof under section 9-51, as amended by this act, application for enrollment shall be made to the registrar or assistant registrar, as the case may be, in the voting district in which such elector is entitled to vote at the time of making such application. If any registrar or assistant registrar fails to add any name to any such list on written application or adds any name to any such list except as herein provided, he shall be guilty of a class D misdemeanor.

Sec. 79. Section 9-57 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage):

Notwithstanding the provisions of any special act or charter to the contrary, whenever any person makes application for admission as an elector in person to an admitting official, he may, on an application for admission as an elector, make application for enrollment on the list of the political party of his preference. Any such elector who has so applied for enrollment shall, upon acquisition of electoral privileges, immediately be entitled to all the privileges of enrollment in the party named in his application, unless (1) he ceases to be an elector in the town or voting district in which he is entitled to vote, as the case may be, (2) he makes application for erasure or transfer or enrollment on the list of another party in accordance with the provisions of section 9-59, as amended by this act, (3) he files his application for enrollment with the [registrars] registrar of voters of his town of residence after twelve o'clock noon on the last business day before a primary, in which case he shall be entitled to the privileges of party enrollment immediately after the primary, or (4) he files his application for enrollment with the [registrars] registrar of voters of his town of residence on the day of a caucus or convention, in which case he shall be entitled to the privileges of party enrollment immediately after the caucus or convention. The [registrars of voters or assistant registrars] registrar of voters or any assistant registrar shall add the names of all persons making such application to the enrollment list or supplementary enrollment list of the political party of each such applicant's preference, provided, if a caucus or convention is to be held, such [registrars or assistant registrars] registrar or any such assistant registrars shall prepare separate lists of such names according to party, on the day before such caucus or convention.

Sec. 80. Section 9-58 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage):

All applications for enrollment shall be arranged in alphabetical order and shall be preserved by the [registrars] registrar of voters as a permanent record open to public inspection, except that any such application of an elector whose name has been removed from the registry list for a period of at least five years may be placed on microfilm, destroyed or otherwise disposed of, in the manner provided in section 7-109, by such [registrars] registrar.

Sec. 81. Section 9-59 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage):

Any elector whose name appears on any enrollment list or who has made application for enrollment may, at any time, make a written application, on an application form for admission as an elector, which shall be signed by such elector, to [either] the registrar of voters for erasure of his name from such list or for transfer of his name to the enrollment list of another party. If an elector makes an application for erasure, his name shall be erased from said enrollment list and, if a municipality is having a primary in which unaffiliated electors are authorized to vote, under section 9-431, such elector's name shall be placed on the list of unaffiliated electors together with the date he is eligible to vote in a primary. If an elector makes an application for transfer, his name shall be transferred to the enrollment list of another party, together with the effective date of such transfer. Any elector whose name has been transferred from one enrollment list to another or who has applied for erasure or transfer of his name from an enrollment list shall not be entitled to participate or vote in a caucus or primary of any party, participate in the appointment of members to any board or commission that is political in nature, be appointed as a member of any board or commission that is political in nature or be entitled to the privileges accompanying enrollment in any party for a period of three months from the date of the filing of his application for transfer or for erasure. Any elector who removes his name from the registry list and from an enrollment list in accordance with the provisions of section 9-35b shall not be entitled to enroll in any political party or vote in any primary for three months after such removal. The [registrars] registrar of voters shall state, on the notice of acceptance sent under sections 9-23g, as amended by this act, 9-19b, as amended by this act, and 9-19e, as amended by this act, the date enrollment privileges take effect, if delayed.

Sec. 82. Section 9-64a of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage):

Notwithstanding the provisions of any other section of this chapter, the [registrars] registrar of voters in any town [or district] shall remove the name of any elector from the enrollment list at the same time that such name is removed from the registry list, but, if such name is restored, added or transferred on the registry list under section 9-35, as amended by this act, or section 9-42, as amended by this act, it shall be simultaneously restored, added or transferred on the enrollment list.

Sec. 83. Section 9-65 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage):

(a) After the last session of the [registrars] registrar of voters under section 9-17, as amended by this act, before each election, the [registrars] registrar of voters in each municipality shall submit in writing to the Secretary of the State a statement setting forth the total number of names of new electors added to the registry list, and the total number of names of former electors removed from the registry list, in such municipality during the period between the two most recent such last sessions. Such statement shall be submitted annually at a time to be determined by the Secretary of the State.

(b) Not later than a week after the last session of the [registrars] registrar of voters before an election under section 9-17, as amended by this act, the Secretary of the State shall issue a report on the total number of electors on the active and inactive registry list, the total number of electors enrolled on each active and inactive party enrollment list and the total number of unaffiliated electors on the active and inactive registry list in such municipality, as reported by the [registrars] registrar of voters on the state-wide centralized voter registration system. The Secretary shall omit from such report electors on the last-completed registry list or enrollment lists who have died, but shall include electors who have acquired electoral or enrollment privileges since the last-completed registry list or enrollment lists were perfected.

Sec. 84. Subsection (a) of section 9-135b of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage):

(a) Immediately after the deadline for certification of all candidates whose names are to appear on the ballot, and in sufficient time to begin issuing absentee ballots on the day prescribed by law, the municipal clerk shall prepare the absentee ballots and have them printed. Prior to printing such ballots, the [registrars] registrar of voters of the municipality may provide comments concerning the content and form of such ballots to the clerk.

Sec. 85. Subsection (c) of section 9-140 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage):

(c) The municipal clerk shall check the name of each absentee ballot applicant against the last-completed registry list and any updated registry lists on file in the municipal clerk's office. If the name of such applicant does not appear on any of such lists, the clerk shall send such applicant a notice, in a form prescribed by the Secretary of the State, to the effect that (1) the applicant's name did not appear on the list of electors of the municipality at the time the application was processed, and (2) unless the applicant is admitted or restored as an elector of the municipality by the applicable cutoff dates an absentee ballot will not be mailed to him. Such notice shall not be so mailed if, prior to the mailing of the notice, the [registrars provide] registrar of voters provides the clerk with reliable information showing the absentee ballot applicant to be an elector of the municipality.

Sec. 86. Subsection (b) of section 9-140b of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage):

(b) As used in this section and section 9-150c, "designee" means (1) a person who is caring for the applicant because of the applicant's illness or physical disability, including but not limited to, a licensed physician or a registered or practical nurse, (2) a member of the applicant's family, who is designated by an absentee ballot applicant and who consents to such designation, or (3) if no such person consents or is available, then a police officer, the registrar of voters, the deputy registrar of voters or any assistant registrar of voters in the municipality in which the applicant resides.

Sec. 87. Subsections (b) to (k), inclusive, of section 9-140c of the general statutes are repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage):

(b) Beginning not earlier than the seventh day before the election, primary or referendum and on any weekday thereafter, all absentee ballots received by the municipal clerk not later than eleven o'clock a.m. of such day may be sorted into voting districts by the clerk and checked as provided in this subsection. On any such day, beginning as soon as the ballots have been sorted, the [registrars] registrar of voters, without opening the outer envelopes, may check the names of the applicants returning ballots on the official checklist to be used at the election, primary or referendum by indicating "absentee" or "A" preceding each such name and, if unaffiliated electors are authorized under section 9-431 to vote in the primary of either of two parties, the designation of the party in which the applicants are voting preceding each such name. If central counting of absentee ballots has been designated by the [registrars] registrar pursuant to section 9-147a, as amended by this act, [they] such registrar shall also place such indication on a duplicate of the checklist to be retained by the municipal clerk until [he] such clerk delivers it to the [registrars] registrar at twelve o'clock noon on election, primary or referendum day for the use of the absentee ballot counters pursuant to subsection (i) of this section. All absentee ballots received not later than eleven o'clock a.m. of the last day before the election, primary or referendum which is not a Sunday or legal holiday, shall be so sorted and checked not later than such day.

(c) If the name of the applicant returning the ballot is not on the official checklist for any polling place in such municipality, the [registrars] registrar shall endorse on the face of such outer envelope the word "rejected", followed by a statement of [the reasons] any reason for rejection, and the outer envelope shall not be opened or the ballot counted.

(d) After such checking has been completed on any such day, the municipal clerk shall seal the unopened ballots in a package and retain them in a safe place.

(e) (1) Except as provided in subdivision (2) of this subsection, ballots received not later than eleven o'clock a.m. on such last day before the election, primary or referendum shall be delivered by the clerk to the [registrars] registrar not earlier than ten o'clock a.m. and not later than twelve o'clock noon on the day of the election or primary and at twelve o'clock noon on the day of a referendum. If central counting has been designated pursuant to section 9-147a, as amended by this act, the clerk shall also deliver to the [registrars] registrar at this time the duplicate checklist provided for in subsection (b) of this section, for the use of the absentee ballot counters pursuant to subsection (i) of this section.

(2) The clerk may deliver the ballots at a time that is later than the time provided in subdivision (1) of this subsection, provided such time is mutually agreed upon by the clerk and [registrars] the registrar and is not later than eight o'clock p.m. on the day of the election, primary or referendum.

(f) Absentee ballots timely received by the clerk after eleven o'clock a.m. of such last day before an election, primary or referendum shall be sorted into voting districts by the clerk and retained by the clerk separately until delivered to the [registrars] registrar of voters for checking.

(g) Any or all of such ballots received after eleven o'clock a.m. of such last day before an election, primary or referendum and before six o'clock p.m. on the day of the election, primary or referendum shall, upon request of the [registrars] registrar, be delivered to the [registrars] registrar by the municipal clerk at six o'clock p.m. on the day of the election, primary or referendum for checking, or at a later time mutually agreed upon by the clerk and [registrars] the registrar, provided such time is not later than eight o'clock p.m. on the day of the election, primary or referendum.

(h) Absentee ballots received after six o'clock p.m. and any ballots received prior to six o'clock p.m. which were not delivered earlier shall be delivered to the [registrars] registrar at the close of the polls for checking. Although absentee ballots shall be checked by the [registrars] registrar of voters at various times throughout the election, primary or referendum day, absentee ballots may be counted at one single time during such day.

(i) (1) The absentee ballot counters, upon receipt of the ballots delivered by the clerk to the [registrars] registrar at six o'clock p.m. and at the close of the polls pursuant to subsections (g) and (h) of this section, shall check the names of the applicants returning ballots on the official checklist in the same manner as provided in subsections (b) and (c) of this section, except as otherwise provided in this subsection. (2) If central counting has been designated pursuant to section 9-147a, as amended by this act, the names of applicants whose ballots were delivered at six o'clock p.m. shall be called in to the appropriate polling places where they shall be checked by the checkers on the official checklists, and they shall also be checked by the absentee ballot counters on the duplicate checklist required under subsection (b) of this section. (3) If central counting has been designated, the names of applicants whose ballots were delivered at the close of the polls shall be checked by the absentee ballot counters on the official checklists used at the polling places. The official checklists, bearing the certifications required by section 9-307, as amended by this act, shall be delivered by the [registrars or assistant registrars] registrar or any assistant registrar to the central counting moderator for that purpose. (4) If the name of an applicant returning a ballot has been checked on the official checklist as having voted in person the absentee ballot counters shall, in checking the ballots, endorse on the face of the outer envelope the word "rejected" followed by a statement of [the] any reason for rejection, and the outer envelope shall not be opened or the ballot counted. (5) When central counting is completed and the result is announced, the central counting moderator shall deliver the duplicate checklist, the official checklists and the returns required by section 9-150b to the head moderator.

(j) Each time ballots are delivered by the clerk to the [registrars] registrar on election, primary or referendum day, the clerk and [registrars] the registrar shall execute an affidavit of delivery and receipt stating the number of ballots delivered. The clerk shall preserve the affidavit for six months in accordance with section 9-150b.

(k) Each group of absentee ballots shall be counted by the absentee ballot counters when received from the [registrars] registrar on election, primary or referendum day, in the manner provided in section 9-150a, as amended by this act.

Sec. 88. Subsection (b) of section 9-140e of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage):

(b) The [registrars] registrar of voters shall send written notice to each such elector with permanent absentee ballot status in January of each year, on a form prescribed by the Secretary of the State, for the purpose of determining if such elector continues to reside at the address indicated on the elector's permanent absentee ballot application. If (1) such written notice is returned as undeliverable, or (2) not later than thirty days after such notice is sent to the elector, the elector fails to return such notice to the [registrars] registrar of voters, as directed on the form, the elector in question shall be removed from permanent absentee ballot status. If such elector indicates on such notice that the elector no longer resides at such address and the elector's new address is within the same municipality, the [registrars] registrar of voters shall change the elector's address pursuant to section 9-35, as amended by this act, and such elector shall retain permanent absentee ballot status. If the elector indicates on such notice that the elector no longer resides in the municipality, the [registrars] registrar of voters shall remove such individual from the registry list of the municipality and send such individual an application for voter registration. Failure to return such written notice shall not result in the removal of an elector from the official registry list of the municipality.

Sec. 89. Subsection (b) of section 9-147a of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage):

(b) At any election, primary or referendum, all absentee ballots may be counted at a central location designated by the [registrars] registrar of voters in writing to the municipal clerk at least twenty days before the election, primary or referendum, which location shall be published in the warning for the election, primary or referendum. If unaffiliated electors are authorized under section 9-431 to vote in the primary of either of two parties, absentee ballots may not be counted at a central location unless both parties decide to have central counting and designate the same room for such central counting. If such designation of a central location has been made, the ballots shall not be counted in any polling place but all absentee ballots shall be separated, counted, tallied, placed in depository envelopes and returned by voting district. Any member of the public may observe the counting of absentee ballots at such central location.

Sec. 90. Section 9-147c of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage):

[Each] The registrar of voters shall appoint one or more electors of the town, known to be persons of integrity, to count all absentee ballots. No spouse, parent, grandparent, child or sibling of a candidate may be appointed to count absentee ballots on which the name of such candidate appears. If central counting has been designated, the [registrars shall also jointly] registrar shall appoint a central counting moderator and alternate moderator pursuant to the requirements of section 9-229, as amended by this act. No person shall print, publish, announce, or otherwise make known such count prior to the time for the closing of the polls.

Sec. 91. Section 9-148 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage):

The appointment of absentee ballot counters shall be made by the [registrars] registrar of voters. The presiding officer for the purpose of declaring the result of the vote of the whole municipality is the moderator. Each person appointed to count absentee ballots shall participate in a training session at which the [registrars] registrar of voters, absentee ballot moderator or moderator of the polling place, as the case may be, shall review and study the absentee counter's manual provided by the Secretary of the State under section 9-150a, as amended by this act. Each elector so appointed shall be sworn to carry out faithfully the duties of his office and not to attempt to ascertain the manner in which any absentee elector has marked his absentee ballot. The [registrars] registrar of voters shall ascertain the voting district in which each absentee elector is registered and shall apportion the envelopes according to voting districts among the appointed groups of electors, if there is more than one such group, in such manner that each group can conveniently count the votes apportioned to it.

Sec. 92. Subsection (a) of section 9-150a of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage):

The absentee ballot counters shall proceed to the polling places for which they have been assigned ballots or to the central counting location at the times designated by the [registrars] registrar of voters.

Sec. 93. Section 9-150d of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage):

A voting tabulator approved by the Secretary of the State under section 9-242 may be used to count absentee ballots in any municipality at an election, primary or referendum, provided the [registrars of voters of the municipality approve] registrar of voters of the municipality approves the use of such tabulator and the Secretary of the State prescribes specifications for (1) the security, testing, set-up, operation and canvassing of the tabulator, (2) such absentee ballots, and (3) the training of election officials in the use of the tabulator.

Sec. 94. Section 9-153d of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage):

(a) [Either] The registrar of voters may, not more than ninety days before the day of an election, in a form to be prescribed by the Secretary of the State, direct the municipal clerk forthwith to mail an absentee ballot, with the necessary envelopes and instructions, to the best-known address, within the knowledge of the registrar, [issuing such direction,] of an elector or applicant for admission as an elector who is living outside the territorial limits of the several states of the United States and the District of Columbia or who is a member of the armed forces, or the spouse or dependent of a member of the armed forces living where such member is stationed, whether such address is a home address or an armed service address, and such direction shall constitute sufficient application for such absentee ballot. The municipal clerk may, during such period, so act of his own motion and without waiting for the direction of [a] the registrar of voters or other application, if the clerk first completes and retains in his records as an application the same direction form as is used by [a] the registrar of voters.

(b) Within the time limits in subsection (b) of section 9-158c for availability of overseas ballots, [either] the registrar of voters may, in a form to be prescribed by the Secretary of the State, direct the municipal clerk forthwith to mail an overseas ballot, with the necessary envelopes and instructions, to the best-known address, within the knowledge of the registrar, [issuing such direction,] of a citizen of the United States who is eligible to vote as an overseas elector under sections 9-158a to 9-158m, inclusive, and such direction shall constitute sufficient application for such absentee ballot. Such ballot shall not be counted unless an application form prescribed in subsection (b) of section 9-158d is received by the town clerk prior to the day of the election or primary. The municipal clerk may, during such period, so act on his own motion and without waiting for the direction of [a] the registrar of voters or other application, if the clerk first completes and retains in his records as an application the same direction form that is used by [a] the registrar of voters.

Sec. 95. Section 9-158g of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage):

The voter shall sign the certification upon the inner envelope, securely seal it, enclose it in an outer serially-numbered envelope, and return it to the municipal clerk of the town in which he is qualified to vote. The clerk shall keep it in his office until delivered by him to the [registrars] registrar of voters at the same time and in the same manner as is provided for absentee ballots. If the ballot is returned by a person other than the voter or the United States Postal Service, the person delivering the ballot shall sign his name and address and the date and time of its delivery on the outer envelope in the clerk's presence. The ballot, to be cast, shall be returned so that it is received by the town clerk not later than the close of the polls on the day of the election.

Sec. 96. Section 9-158j of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage):

Upon receipt of an application for a "Presidential Ballot" or "Overseas Ballot" the town clerk shall forthwith notify the [registrars] registrar of voters of the applicant's name, with a notation designating him as a person voting for presidential and vice-presidential electors or federal offices only. If the name of a presidential voter who is a former resident appears on the registry list, the [registrars] registrar shall insert the letters "pf" in the margin preceding his name. The [registrars] registrar shall prepare a list of names and addresses of presidential voters and overseas electors whose names do not appear on the registry list, for each voting district, which list shall accompany the check list to be used at such election in such district. The [registrars] registrar shall insert the letters "pf" in the margin of such list of presidential voters preceding the name of each applicant who is a former resident.

Sec. 97. Section 9-159o of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage):

Any elector who has returned an absentee ballot to the clerk and who finds he is able to vote in person shall proceed before ten o'clock a.m. on election, primary or referendum day to the municipal clerk's office and request that his ballot be withdrawn. The municipal clerk shall remove the ballot from the sealed package and shall mark the serially-numbered outer envelope, which shall remain unopened, "rejected" and note [the reasons] any reason for rejection. The elector shall also endorse the envelope. The rejected ballot shall then be returned to the sealed package until delivered on election, primary or referendum day to the [registrars] registrar of voters in accordance with section 9-140c, as amended by this act. The clerk shall then give the elector a signed statement directed to the moderator of the voting district in which the elector resides stating that the elector has withdrawn his absentee ballot and may vote in person. Upon delivery of the statement by the elector to the moderator, the moderator shall cause the absentee indication next to the name of the elector to be stricken from the official checklist and the elector may then have his name checked and vote in person. In the case of central counting, the clerk shall make a similar notation on the duplicate checklist to be used by the absentee ballot counters.

Sec. 98. Subsections (c) to (i), inclusive, of section 9-159p of the general statutes are repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage):

(c) Challenges made concerning ballots which the municipal clerk has not delivered to the [registrars] registrar of voters for counting pursuant to sections 9-140c, as amended by this act, and 9-147a, as amended by this act, shall be made in writing to the municipal clerk. Challenges made concerning ballots which the municipal clerk has delivered to the [registrars] registrar of voters for counting pursuant to sections 9-140c, as amended by this act, and 9-147a, as amended by this act, shall be made in writing to the moderator of the polling place at which the ballot is to be counted or the central counting moderator. All challenges shall be made under oath.

(d) Immediately upon receipt of a challenge, the municipal clerk shall send copies of the challenge to [each] the registrar of voters and to the person offering to vote by absentee ballot. The clerk shall send the copy of the challenge to the person offering to vote by first class certified mail to the mailing address shown on the application for the absentee ballot. The clerk shall furnish copies of any written response to the challenge to [each] the registrar of voters. The clerk shall deliver the ballot in the inner envelope, which shall not be opened, the serially-numbered envelope and any other evidence relevant to the challenge, to the [registrars] registrar, who shall sign a receipt for the same.

(e) Immediately upon receipt of a challenge, the moderator shall deliver copies of the challenge to [each] the registrar of voters. The moderator shall also deliver, or designate another election, primary or referendum official to deliver, the ballot in the inner envelope, which shall not be opened, the serially-numbered envelope and any other evidence relevant to the challenge to the [registrars] registrar, who shall sign a receipt for the same.

(f) The [registrars] registrar of voters shall examine the challenge, any written response to the challenge and any other evidence or information they deem relevant to the challenge, including the inner envelope, which shall not be opened, and shall determine whether the challenge should be upheld. If the [registrars fail] registrar fails to agree that the challenge should be upheld, it shall be deemed to have been denied.

(g) The [registrars] registrar of voters shall make the determination not earlier than noon of the day of the election, primary or referendum at which the ballot is submitted and not later than the time when the counting of all other absentee ballots at the election, primary or referendum has been completed.

(h) The [registrars] registrar of voters shall notify, in writing, the municipal clerk and the moderator, or the moderator of the central location if central counting of absentee ballots has been designated, of their determination. If the challenge is denied, the absentee ballot shall be delivered by the [registrars] registrar to the appropriate location for counting pursuant to law. If the challenge is upheld, the [registrars] registrar shall mark the word "rejected" on the serially-numbered outer envelope and note the reasons for rejection, and shall return it together with all other evidence received in connection with the challenge to the municipal clerk who shall retain the same until delivered in accordance with section 9-140c, as amended by this act, except that a challenge to a ballot which the municipal clerk has delivered to the [registrars] registrar of voters for counting pursuant to sections 9-140c, as amended by this act, and 9-147a, as amended by this act, shall be returned to the moderator to whom the challenge was made.

(i) Within five days after the election, primary or referendum the municipal clerk shall send to the person whose offer to vote was challenged a copy of the written determination of the [registrars] registrar and a statement as to the disposition of the absentee ballot.

Sec. 99. Section 9-159q of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage):

(a) As used in this section:

(1) "Institution" means a veterans' health care facility, residential care home, health care facility for the handicapped, nursing home, rest home, mental health facility, alcohol or drug treatment facility, an infirmary operated by an educational institution for the care of its students, faculty and employees or an assisted living facility; and

(2) "Designee" means an elector of the [same town and political party as the appointing registrar of voters which elector] town, appointed by the registrar, who is not an employee of the institution at which supervised voting is conducted.

(b) Notwithstanding any provision of the general statutes to the contrary, if less than twenty of the patients in any institution in the state are electors, absentee ballots voted by such electors shall, upon request of [either] the registrar of voters in the town of such electors' voting residence or the administrator of such institution, be voted under the supervision of such [registrars of voters or their designees] registrar of voters or any designee thereof in accordance with the provisions of this section. The [registrars] registrar of voters of a town other than the town in which an institution is located may refuse a request by the administrator of such institution when, in [their] the registrar's written opinion, [the registrars agree that] such request is unnecessary, in which case this section shall not apply. Such [registrars] registrar shall inform the administrator and the town clerk of the electors' town of voting residence of [their] such refusal.

(c) Except as provided in subsection (e) of this section, such request shall be made in writing and filed with the town clerk and [registrars] registrar of voters of the town of such electors' voting residence, not more than forty-five days prior to an election or thirty-four days prior to a primary and not later than the seventh day prior to an election or primary. The request shall specify the name and location of the institution and the date and time when the [registrars of voters or their designees] registrar of voters or any designee thereof shall supervise the casting of absentee ballots at the institution. The request shall also specify one or more alternate dates and times when supervised voting may occur. No request shall specify a date or an alternate date for supervised voting which is later than the last business day before the election or primary.

(d) The town clerk shall not mail or otherwise deliver an absentee ballot to an applicant who is a patient in any institution if a request for supervision of absentee balloting at that institution has been filed with the clerk during the period set forth in subsection (c) of this section. The clerk shall instead deliver such ballot or ballots to the [registrars of voters or their designees] registrar of voters or any designee thereof who will supervise the voting of such ballots in accordance with this section.

(e) Except in the case of a written refusal as provided in subsection (b) of this section, upon receipt of a request for supervision of absentee balloting during the period set forth in subsection (c) of this section, the [registrar or registrars of voters who received the request] registrar of voters shall inform the [registrar or] administrator who made the request and the town clerk as to the date and time when such supervision shall occur, which shall be the date and time contained in the request or the alternate date and time contained in the request. If the registrar [or registrars fail] fails to select either date, the supervision shall take place on the date and time contained in the request. If a request for supervision of absentee balloting at an institution is filed during the period set forth in subsection (c) of this section and the town clerk receives an application for an absentee ballot from a patient in the institution after the date when supervised balloting occurred, [either] the registrar of voters may request, in writing, to the appropriate town clerk [and registrars of voters] that the supervision of the voting of absentee ballots at such institution in accordance with this section be repeated, and in such case the [registrars or their designees] registrar or any designee thereof shall supervise absentee balloting at such institution on the date and at the time specified in the subsequent request, which shall be not later than the last business day before the election or primary.

(f) On the date when the supervision of absentee balloting at any institution is to occur, the town clerk shall deliver to the [registrars or their designees] registrar or any designee thereof the absentee ballots and envelopes for all applicants who are electors of such clerk's town and patients at such institution. The ballot and envelopes shall be prepared for delivery to the applicant as provided in sections 9-137 to 9-140a, inclusive. The [registrars or their designees] registrar or any designee thereof shall furnish the town clerk a written receipt for such ballots.

(g) [The registrars or their designees] The registrar or any designee thereof, as the case may be, shall [jointly] deliver the ballots to the respective applicants at the institution and shall [jointly] supervise the voting of such ballots. The ballots shall be returned to the [registrars or their designees] registrar or any designee thereof by the electors in the envelopes provided and in accordance with the provisions of sections 9-137, 9-139 and 9-140a. If any elector asks for assistance in voting his ballot, [two registrars or their designees of different political parties or, for a primary, their designees of different candidates,] the registrar or any designee thereof shall render such assistance as [they deem] may be deemed necessary and appropriate to enable such elector to vote his ballot. [The registrars or their designees] The registrar or any designee thereof may reject a ballot when (1) the elector declines to vote a ballot, or (2) [the registrars or their designees are] the registrar or any designee thereof is unable to determine how the elector who has requested [their] assistance desires to vote the ballot. When [the registrars or their designees reject a ballot, they] the registrar or any designee thereof rejects a ballot, such registrar or designee shall mark the serially-numbered outer envelope "rejected" and note [the reasons] any reason for rejection. Nothing in this section shall limit the right of an elector to vote his ballot in secret.

(h) After all ballots have been voted or marked "rejected" in accordance with subsection (g) of this section, [the registrars or their designees shall jointly] the registrar or any designee thereof shall deliver or mail them in the envelopes, which shall be sealed, to the appropriate town clerk, who shall retain them until delivered in accordance with section 9-140c, as amended by this act.

(i) When an institution is located in a town having a primary, the registrar in that town [of the party holding the primary] shall appoint for each such institution, one designee of the party-endorsed candidates and one designee of the contestants from the lists, if any, submitted by the party-endorsed candidates and contestants. Such registrar shall notify all party-endorsed candidates and all contestants of their right to submit a list of potential designees under this section. Each party-endorsed candidate and each contestant may submit to such registrar in writing a list of names of potential designees, provided any such list shall be submitted not later than ten days before the primary. If no such lists are submitted within said period, such registrar shall appoint one designee of the party-endorsed candidates and one designee of the contestants. Each designee appointed pursuant to this section shall be sworn to the faithful performance of his duties, and the registrar shall file a certificate of each designation with his town clerk.

(j) Any registrar of voters who has filed a request that the absentee balloting at an institution be supervised and any registrar required to conduct a supervision of voting under this section, who neglects to perform any of the duties required of him by this section so as to cause any elector to lose his vote shall be guilty of a class A misdemeanor. [Any registrar from the same town as a registrar who has filed such a request may waive his right to participate in the supervision of absentee balloting.]

(k) Notwithstanding any provision of this section to the contrary, if the spouse or a child of a registrar of voters or a dependent relative residing in the registrar's household is a candidate in the election or primary for which supervised absentee voting is to occur, such registrar shall not supervise such absentee voting but may designate the deputy registrar of voters or an assistant registrar of voters, appointed by the registrar pursuant to [section 9-192] section 1 or 2 of this act, to supervise the absentee voting in [his] such registrar's place.

(l) Notwithstanding any provision of the general statutes, if a town clerk receives twenty or more absentee ballot applications from the same street address in a town, including, but not limited to, an apartment building or complex, absentee ballots voted by the electors submitting such applications may, at the discretion of the [registrars] registrar of voters of such town, be voted under the supervision of such [registrars of voters or their designees] registrar of voters or any designee thereof in accordance with the same procedures set forth in this section for supervised absentee voting at institutions.

Sec. 100. Subsections (a) and (b) of section 9-159r of the general statutes is repealed and the following are substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage):

(a) Notwithstanding any provision of the general statutes to the contrary, if twenty or more of the patients in any institution in the state are electors, absentee ballots voted by such electors shall be voted under the supervision of the [registrars of voters or their designees] registrar of voters or any designee thereof of the town in which the institution is located, in accordance with the provisions of this section. As used in this section, the term "institution" shall be construed as defined in section 9-159q, as amended by this act.

(b) Application for an absentee ballot for any such patient shall be made to the clerk of the town in which such patient is eligible to vote. The application procedure set forth in section 9-140, as amended by this act, shall apply, except that the clerk shall deliver the absentee voting set for any such application to the clerk of the town in which the institution is located, who shall deliver all such voting sets he receives to the [registrars] registrar of such town, on the date when the supervision of absentee balloting is to occur. The ballots and envelopes shall be prepared for delivery to the applicant as provided in sections 9-137 to 9-140a, inclusive. [The registrars or their designees] The registrar or any designee thereof shall furnish the town clerk a written receipt for such ballots. The [registrars] registrar of the town in which an institution is located and the administrator of the institution shall mutually agree on a date and time for such supervision of absentee balloting, which shall be not later than the last business day before the election or primary.

Sec. 101. Subsection (b) of section 9-159s of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage):

(b) Any such notice shall indicate that the resident is entitled to vote or register to vote unless the resident is determined incompetent to do so by a probate court, or unless the [registrars of voters or their designees jointly conclude] registrar or any designee thereof concludes at a supervised voting session that the resident declines to vote the ballot or [they] such registrar or designee are unable to determine how the resident desires to vote the ballot, as provided in subsection (g) of section 9-159q, as amended by this act. The notice shall also specify that a resident who requires assistance to vote in accordance with section 9-264 by reason of blindness, disability or inability to read or write may receive assistance from a person of the resident's choosing.

Sec. 102. Subdivision (5) of subsection (c) of section 9-163k of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage):

(5) Absentee ballot coordinators may be compensated by the municipalities appointing the coordinators and shall receive training in absentee voting procedures by the appointing registrar [or registrars] of voters and be sworn to the faithful performance of their duties as election officials, in accordance with the provisions of section 9-231;

Sec. 103. Section 9-168 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage):

In any town not divided into voting districts, the place of holding elections may be determined by the legislative body of such town. In towns divided into voting districts the place of holding elections shall be determined as provided in section 9-169, as amended by this act, or any special act, whichever applies. Except as provided in section 9-169a, state elections shall be held at the usual place or places of holding elections in the town or the voting districts thereof, as the case may be, unless the [registrars of voters, in writing, have] registrar of voters, in writing, has designated to the clerk of such town, at least thirty-one days before any such state election, a different place or places for holding such election. Unless otherwise provided by special act, the place of holding city or borough elections shall be determined by the legislative body of such city or borough. Any provision of any charter or special act to the contrary notwithstanding, the place or places of holding an election shall be determined at least thirty-one days prior to such election, and such place or places shall not be changed within the period of thirty-one days prior to such election except that, if the municipal clerk and [registrars] the registrar of voters of a municipality unanimously find that any such polling place within such municipality has been rendered unusable within such period, they shall forthwith designate another polling place to be used in place of the one so rendered unusable and shall give adequate notice that such polling place has been so changed.

Sec. 104. Section 9-168a of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage):

(a) Any provision of the general statutes to the contrary notwithstanding, in any municipality in which, at any election, or primary, as a result of the assembly, senatorial or congressional district lines in effect, there is a voting district or a part of a voting district which differs geographically from the district lines as constituted in a municipal election year, the [registrars] registrar of voters may either provide a suitable polling place therein or may, in lieu thereof, with the approval of the legislative body of the municipality, provide separate voting tabulators in the polling place of another voting district in said municipality for use by such electors. The [registrars] registrar of voters shall determine which polling place officials are necessary for such separate tabulators and shall provide the procedure to ensure that the electors use the proper voting tabulator, which procedure may include the [registrars] registrar of voters prescribing and providing receipts.

(b) Any provision of the general statutes to the contrary notwithstanding, in any municipality in which, at any election or primary, as a result of the assembly, senatorial or congressional district lines in effect, there is a voting district with less than one thousand five hundred electors who vote for a combination of officers that no other electors of the town vote for, the [registrars] registrar of voters may either provide a suitable polling place therein or may, in lieu thereof, provide separate voting tabulators in the polling place of another voting district in said municipality for use by such electors. If the [registrars of voters provide] registrar of voters provides separate voting tabulators in the polling place of another voting district, [they] such registrar shall determine which polling place officials are necessary for the district containing less than one thousand five hundred electors and shall provide the procedure to ensure that the electors use the proper voting tabulators, which procedure may include the [registrars] registrar of voters prescribing and providing receipts.

(c) In any election or primary where electors in more than one voting district vote in the same building and vote for all the same officers, and the law does not require separate returns, the [registrars] registrar of voters may combine the voting districts and polling places into one voting district and polling place, with or without integrating the voting districts on the check lists used at the election or primary. The [registrars] registrar of voters shall file a statement of their action with the town clerk before the election or primary and the town clerk shall label the polling place return form to show which districts are combined on such return.

Sec. 105. Section 9-168b of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage):

When in the written opinion of the [registrars] registrar of voters of any municipality, the lack of an existing convenient or suitable polling place within the lines of a particular voting district necessitates the designation of a polling place in an adjacent district, such [registrars] registrar may designate a convenient and suitable polling place in a voting district adjacent thereto, located as near as possible to the boundaries of the voting district for which designated. A separate location from the existing polling place for such adjacent district shall be designated, except that a separate room within such existing polling place may be designated. Such written opinion and designation shall be filed with the municipal clerk not later than ninety days before a regular election, or primary. Within ten days after such filing, the municipal clerk shall cause notice of such filing to be published in the newspaper having the greatest circulation in the town. Such designation shall remain in effect for future elections and primaries, until the [registrars file] registrar files a document with the municipal clerk stating that the designation of such polling place in an adjacent district is no longer necessary.

Sec. 106. Subsections (b) and (c) of section 9-168d of the general statutes are repealed and the following are substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage):

(b) The [registrars] registrar of voters in each town, or the legislative body of the town, shall select as polling places only those sites which meet the standards of accessibility required under the State Building Code, as revised pursuant to section 29-269, if applicable, or this section. The [registrars] registrar of voters in each town shall file with the Secretary of the State either: (1) A certification, as prescribed by the Secretary of the State, that states that each polling place selected complies with the provisions set forth in this subsection, or (2) an application for waiver, as described in subsection (c) of this section.

(c) [The registrars] Such registrar of voters or such legislative body may select a site not meeting such standards if no available site within the voting district or town can reasonably be made accessible if an application for waiver is filed with the Secretary of the State and approved by the Office of Protection and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities. An application for waiver shall be filed at least sixty days prior to the date on which the primary or election will be held. The Secretary of the State shall, within seven days after receipt of any such application, refer the application to said office of protection and advocacy. Said office shall, within thirty days, review the application and inform the Secretary of the State of its approval or disapproval. The Secretary of the State shall notify the applicant for waiver of such approval or disapproval within seven days after the secretary is so informed.

Sec. 107. Section 9-168e of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage):

If space is available at a polling place, the [registrars] registrar of voters or legislative body of the town in which the polling place is located shall designate two or more parking spaces for motor vehicles (1) which display the special parking identification card or bear the special set of number plates provided for in section 14-253a or (2) which are operated by infirm persons who are sixty-five years of age or older and who do not qualify for such a card.

Sec. 108. Section 9-169 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage):

The legislative body of any town, consolidated town and city or consolidated town and borough may divide and, from time to time, redivide such municipality into voting districts. The [registrars] registrar of voters of any municipality taking such action shall provide a suitable polling place in each district but, if the [registrars fail to agree] registrar fails to make a determination as to the location of any polling place or places, the legislative body shall determine the location thereof. Polling places to be used in an election shall be determined at least thirty-one days before such election, and such polling places shall not be changed within said period of thirty-one days except that, if the municipal clerk and [registrars] the registrar of voters of a municipality [unanimously] both find that any such polling place within such municipality has been rendered unusable within such period, they shall forthwith designate another polling place to be used in place of the one so rendered unusable and shall give adequate notice that such polling place has been so changed. The [registrars] registrar of voters shall keep separate lists of the electors residing in each district and shall appoint for each district a moderator in accordance with the provisions of section 9-229, as amended by this act, and such other election officials as are required by law, and shall designate one of the moderators so appointed or any other elector of such town to be the head moderator for the purpose of declaring the results of elections in the whole municipality. The [registrars] registrar may also designate a deputy head moderator to assist the head moderator in the performance of his duties provided the deputy head moderator and the head moderator shall not be enrolled in the same major party, as defined in subdivision (5) of section 9-372, as amended by this act. The selectmen, town clerk, [registrars] registrar of voters and all other officers of the municipality shall perform the duties required of them by law with respect to elections in each voting district established in accordance with this section. Voting district lines shall not be drawn by a municipality so as to conflict with the lines of congressional districts, senate districts or assembly districts as established by law, except (1) as provided in section 9-169d and (2) that as to municipal elections, any part of a split voting district containing less than two hundred electors may be combined with another voting district adjacent thereto from which all and the same officers are elected at such municipal election. Any change in the boundaries of voting districts made within ninety days prior to any election or primary shall not apply with respect to such election or primary. The provisions of this section shall prevail over any contrary provision of any charter or special act.

Sec. 109. Subsection (a) of section 9-172b of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage):

(a) In each municipality or political subdivision in which a special election or referendum is to be held, the [registrars] registrar of voters shall prepare an updated list of the names and addresses of those persons who acquired voting privileges after the completion of the revised registry list and prior to the day of such special election or referendum. In each such municipality or political subdivision, not later than the day before such special election or referendum, such [registrars] registrar of voters shall cause to be completed and printed such list arranged as provided in section 9-35, as amended by this act, and certified by [them] such registrar to be correct, and shall retain a sufficient number of copies to be used by [them] such registrar at such election or referendum for the purpose of checking the names of those who vote, provided the names of any persons who acquired such voting privileges within thirty days before such special election or referendum may be inserted on such printed list in writing.

Sec. 110. Subsections (a) and (b) of section 9-174a of the general statutes are repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage):

(a) For each municipality, the [registrars] registrar of voters, in consultation with the municipal clerk, shall create an emergency contingency plan for elections, primaries and referenda to be held within such municipality. Such plan shall include, but not be limited to, (1) solutions for ballot shortages, and (2) strategies to implement in the event of (A) a shortage or absence of poll workers, (B) a loss of power, (C) a fire or the sounding of an alarm within a polling place, (D) voting machine malfunctions, (E) a weather or other natural disaster, (F) the need to remove a poll worker or moderator and to replace such worker or moderator, and (G) disorder in and around the polling place.

(b) Not later than six months after the adoption of a model plan by the Secretary of the State provided for in regulations adopted pursuant to subsection (d) of this section, the [registrars] registrar of voters shall submit the plan created under subsection (a) of this section to the legislative body of such municipality or, in a municipality where the legislative body is a town meeting or representative town meeting, the board of selectmen, for approval. Upon approval, such plan shall remain on file with the municipal clerk until such plan is amended by the [registrars] registrar of voters, in consultation with the municipal clerk, and approved by the legislative body of the municipality or, in a municipality where the legislative body is a town meeting or representative town meeting, the board of selectmen. If, not later than six months after the adoption of a model plan by the Secretary, a municipality fails to create and approve an emergency contingency plan, the municipality shall be deemed to have adopted the model plan adopted by the Secretary.

Sec. 111. Section 9-174b of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage):

(a) Each candidate on a ballot for any election, as defined in section 9-1, may provide to the [registrars] registrar of voters of any town in which such ballot shall be voted upon the name and contact information, including instructions regarding leaving a message, for an individual who should be notified in the event that the hours of a polling place may be or have been extended, as provided in subsection (b) of this section.

(b) If the [registrars] registrar of voters of a town are aware of any proceeding in court or order of a court concerning the extension of the hours of any polling place in such town beyond those hours provided in section 9-174 or 9-438, the [registrars] registrar shall immediately notify any individual identified in subsection (a) of this section for each candidate on any ballot to be voted upon at such polling place of the proceeding or order. If [a] the registrar fails to reach such individual on a first attempt, the registrar shall leave a message for such individual pursuant to instructions provided by such individual under subsection (a) of this section. Any registrar who notifies an individual of a proceeding shall not be required to notify such individual of the outcome of such proceeding.

Sec. 112. Section 9-183b of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage):

In 1994, 1996, and quadrennially thereafter, two-thirds of the total number of justices of the peace in each town shall be selected in accordance with the provisions of this section. Such percentage shall be rounded down to the nearest whole number of justices of the peace. The political parties which are major parties, as defined in subparagraph (B) of subdivision (5) of section 9-372, as amended by this act, shall each be entitled to nominate an equal number of the total number of justices of the peace to be selected in each town under this section, provided in towns where the number of justices of the peace to be nominated under this section is not divisible by the number of political parties entitled to nominate justices of the peace under this section, the [registrars] registrar of voters shall determine by lot which of said parties may nominate one more justice of the peace than may be nominated by the other party or parties. Such nomination by such parties shall qualify the nominees to serve as justices of the peace. Such nomination shall be made within the time limits prescribed in section 9-391 for endorsing candidates for nomination for municipal offices to be voted upon at a state election, for a term of two years to begin the first Monday of January in 1995, for any such nomination made in 1994, and for a term of four years to begin the first Monday of January in the year succeeding any such nomination made in 1996, or thereafter. Primaries for justices of the peace shall be by slate and shall be held on the same day as primaries for municipal offices to be voted upon at a state election.

Sec. 113. Section 9-194 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage):

[The registrars of voters, deputy registrars and assistants shall receive for their] The registrar of voters, the deputy registrar of voters and any assistant registrar of voters shall receive for such official's services such sum as may be allowed by the selectmen, and all expenses incurred in the discharge of their duties shall be audited by the selectmen and paid by the town, but, in no case, shall such compensation be regulated by the number of names registered.

Sec. 114. Section 9-228a of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage):

(a) The [registrars] registrar of voters of each municipality shall, not later than thirty-one days prior to each municipal, state or federal election or primary, certify to the Secretary of the State, in writing, the location of each polling place that will be used for such election or primary. Such certification shall detail the name, address, relevant contact information and corresponding federal, state and municipal districts associated with each polling place used for such election or primary.

(b) The [registrars] registrar of voters of each municipality shall, prior to each municipal, state or federal election or primary, provide a written report to the Secretary of the State setting forth the names and addresses of each moderator for each polling place location disclosed pursuant to subsection (a) of this section.

(c) The Secretary of the State shall have the authority to disqualify any moderator appointed by the [registrars] registrar of voters if, after consultation with [both registrars of voters] such registrar, the Secretary determines such moderator has committed material misconduct, material neglect of duty or material incompetence in the discharge of his or her duties as a moderator. If the Secretary disqualifies a moderator, the Secretary shall share his or her findings upon which the disqualification was based with the [registrars] registrar of voters.

Sec. 115. Section 9-229 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage):

(a) [The registrars of voters in the several towns and, in towns where there are different registrars for different voting districts, the registrars of voters in such districts] The registrars of voters of the several towns shall appoint the moderators of regular and special state and municipal elections and primaries in their respective towns [or districts] and any voting districts therein. For the purpose of providing a reserve group of persons who may serve as moderators, the registrars shall designate alternate moderators from among those persons chosen as official checkers, or tabulator tenders, in the following minimum numbers: In towns with one or more but not exceeding three voting districts, one alternate moderator; in towns with four or more but not exceeding eight voting districts, two alternate moderators; in towns with more than eight voting districts, a number of alternate moderators equal to one-fourth of the number of voting districts rounded off to the nearest multiple of four. [In case the registrars fail to agree in the choice of a moderator or alternate moderator, the choice shall be determined between such registrars by lot. In the case of a primary, the registrar, as defined in section 9-372, shall so appoint such moderators and alternate moderators.] Moderators and alternate moderators shall be appointed at least twenty days before the election or primary. The [registrars] registrar of voter of each town shall submit a list of the names of such moderators and alternate moderators to the municipal clerk, which list shall be made available for public inspection by such clerk. Each person appointed to serve as moderator or alternate moderator shall be certified by the Secretary of the State in accordance with the provisions of subsection (c) of this section, except as provided in subsection (d) of this section or section 9-436, as amended by this act.

(b) The Secretary of the State shall (1) request registrars of voters to volunteer to serve as instructors for moderators and alternate moderators, (2) select registrars from among such volunteers to serve as such instructors, (3) establish a curriculum for instructional sessions for moderators and alternate moderators, (4) establish the number of such instructional sessions, provided at least one such instructional session shall be held in each congressional district in each calendar year, (5) train the instructors for such sessions, and (6) certify moderators and alternate moderators. The curriculum for such instructional sessions shall include, without limitation, procedures for counting and recording absentee ballots, "hands on" training in the use of voting tabulators, and the duties of a moderator in the conduct of a primary and election. The Secretary may employ assistants on a temporary basis within existing budgetary resources for the purpose of implementing the provisions of this section. Such assistants shall not be subject to the provisions of chapter 67. The instructors shall conduct instructional sessions for moderators and alternate moderators in accordance with their training by the Secretary of the State and the curriculum for such sessions. Any elector may attend one or more of such instructional sessions. Each instructor shall provide the Secretary of the State with the name and address of each person who completes such a session.

(c) The Secretary shall conduct certification sessions for moderators and alternate moderators each year at times and places to be determined by said Secretary, provided at least eight such sessions shall be held each calendar year and at least one such session shall be conducted prior to every primary. The Secretary shall certify each person who successfully completes an instructional session conducted in accordance with the provisions of subsection (b) of this section and an examination administered by the Secretary, as eligible to serve as moderator or alternate moderator at any election or primary held during the time such certification is effective, except the Secretary shall not certify any person as moderator or alternate moderator who has been convicted of or pled guilty or nolo contendere to, in a court of competent jurisdiction, any (1) felony involving fraud, forgery, larceny, embezzlement or bribery, or (2) criminal offense under this title. Any such certification made on or after October 1, 2011, shall be effective for two years from the date of such certification. Only those persons who attend and are thereby certified at such session shall be eligible to serve as moderators on election or primary day, except as provided in subsection (d) of this section or section 9-436, as amended by this act. The Secretary of the State may adopt regulations, in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54, as the Secretary deems necessary to implement the certification process under this section.

(d) If the person designated as moderator is unable to serve for any reason, a certified alternate moderator shall serve as moderator. If such certified alternate moderator is not called upon to serve as moderator, he shall serve in another capacity as an election official on election or primary day. If any town or voting district lacks a moderator due to the death, disability or withdrawal of a certified moderator or alternate moderator, or due to the disqualification of a moderator for any reason, including failure to attend an instructional session as required by this section, the [registrars] registrar of voters shall appoint a new moderator for such town or voting district in the manner provided in this section. Such new moderator shall attend an instructional session and a certification session conducted in accordance with the provisions of this section. If all such sessions have been conducted at the time of appointment of the new moderator, the new moderator shall receive instruction from the [registrars who appointed the new moderator] registrar.

Sec. 116. Section 9-230 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage):

The [registrars] registrar of voters may request the head of the police department of the municipality, or, if none, a constable serving such municipality, to provide police protection at any polling place of any regular or special state or municipal election or primary where they may anticipate disorder. The moderator of such election or primary may, when any disorder arises in such election or primary and the offender refuses to submit to the moderator's lawful authority, order any officer with power of arrest to take the offender into custody and, if necessary, to remove the offender from such election or primary until the offender conforms to order or, if need be, until such election or primary is closed, and thereupon such officer may command all necessary assistance. Any person refusing to assist when commanded shall be liable to the same penalties as for refusing to assist constables in the execution of their duties, but no person commanded to assist shall be deprived of such person's right to vote at such election or primary, nor shall the offender be so deprived any longer than the offender refuses to conform to order.

Sec. 117. Subsection (a) of section 9-232 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage):

(a) Each registrar of voters may appoint one or more challengers in [his town or district] such registrar's town or any voting district therein, one of whom may be present at the offering of any vote; and any such challenger or any elector may challenge the right of any person offering to vote, on the ground of want of identity with the person on whose name the vote is offered, or disfranchisement or lack of bona fide residence, and the moderator shall decide upon the right of the person so challenged to vote.

Sec. 118. Section 9-232e of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage):

Any person requesting a challenged ballot and entitled thereto shall announce his or her name to the official checkers. [The registrars of voters or the assistant registrar of voters] The registrar of voters or any assistant registrar of voters, as the case may be, shall write, in red ink, before the elector's name on the registry list the initials "CB". The challenged ballot shall be a regular ballot. After the voter has so announced his or her name, the moderator shall deliver to such voter a regular ballot together with a serially-numbered envelope marked "Challenged Ballot". The challenged voter shall forthwith mark the ballot in the presence of the moderator in such manner that the moderator shall not know how the ballot is marked. The challenged voter shall then fold the ballot in the presence of the moderator so as to conceal the markings and deposit and seal it in the serially-numbered envelope. The challenged voter shall then deliver such envelope to the moderator. The moderator shall retain all such envelopes in an envelope provided by the [registrars] registrar of voters that shall be sealed immediately following the close of the polls. Such envelope shall be delivered to the head moderator who shall file the envelope with the municipal clerk. The municipal clerk shall retain such envelope until the time when such envelope may be destroyed.

Sec. 119. Section 9-232j of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage):

The moderator of the election in each voting district shall appear at the office of the town clerk not later than eight o'clock p.m. of the day before an election for federal office. At such time, the town clerk shall provide a provisional ballot packet to such moderator or moderators. Each packet shall include: (1) The appropriate number of provisional ballots for federal office provided by the Secretary of the State, which shall be equal to not less than one per cent of the number of electors who are eligible to vote in the voting district served by the moderator, or such other number as the municipal clerk and the [registrars] registrar agree is sufficient to protect electors' voting rights, (2) the appropriate number of serially-numbered envelopes prescribed by the Secretary, (3) a provisional ballot inventory form, (4) a provisional ballot depository envelope, and (5) other necessary forms prescribed by the Secretary.

Sec. 120. Section 9-232l of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage):

(a) An individual may apply for and be issued a provisional ballot if (1) the individual appears at the polling place and declares that such individual is an elector in the town in which the individual desires to vote and that the individual is eligible to vote in the primary or election for federal office in the polling place, but the name of the individual does not appear on the official registry list for such polling place, and (2) the [registrars determine] registrar determines that such name cannot be restored under section 9-42, as amended by this act, or transferred from another polling place under section 9-35, as amended by this act.

(b) If the moderator decides that an elector, whose name appears on the registry list and who has been challenged pursuant to sections 9-232 to 9-232f, inclusive, as amended by this act, is not eligible to vote in the primary or election for federal office, such elector may apply for and cast a provisional ballot upon the execution of a written affirmation by the elector at the polling place affirming that the elector is qualified to vote in the election or primary for federal office in the polling place and has neither offered himself to vote nor voted in person or by absentee ballot at said election or primary for federal office at the polling place.

(c) Such application for provisional ballot shall be prescribed by the Secretary of the State, executed before an election official and include a written affirmation, under penalty of false statement in absentee balloting pursuant to section 9-359a, which shall be in the form substantially as follows:

AFFIRMATION: I, the undersigned, do hereby state, under penalties of false statement, that:

1. I am an elector in the town indicated.

2. I am eligible to vote in the election or primary indicated for federal office today in the town and polling place indicated.

3.a. My name does not appear on the official list of eligible voters for the polling place indicated, and the polling place officials called the [registrars] registrar of voters and were told that my name did not appear on the active registry list for this town for at least one of the four years previous or on one of the preliminary active registry lists for this year; or

b. The moderator decided that I am not eligible to vote for federal office in the town indicated for the reason of disfranchisement, lack of identity, lack of bona fide residence or failure to present the prescribed identification required for new electors after January 1, 2003, indicated.

4. My residence address is located in the voting district that this polling place serves.

5. I have not voted and I will not vote otherwise than by this ballot in person or by absentee ballot at this election or primary for federal office.

6. I apply for a provisional ballot for federal office.

Sec. 121. Section 9-232m of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage):

Upon receipt of an application for provisional ballot, the moderator shall provide the applicant with a provisional ballot and a serially-numbered envelope and shall make a record of such issuance on the provisional ballot inventory form. The applicant shall forthwith mark the ballot in the presence of a polling place official in such manner that the official shall not know how the ballot is marked. The applicant shall then fold the ballot in the presence of the polling place official so as to conceal the markings and deposit and seal it in the serially-numbered envelope in the manner prescribed by the Secretary of the State. The polling place official shall provide such documentation to the elector so the elector may later verify whether the elector's provisional ballot was counted, and shall deposit the provisional ballot and envelope in the provisional ballot depository envelope. The elector shall then immediately leave the room. The [registrars] registrar of voters shall provide a free access system restricted to the elector who cast the ballot to verify if the provisional ballot was counted, and if the ballot was not counted, [the] any reason that the ballot was not counted.

Sec. 122. Section 9-232n of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage):

Immediately after the close of the polls, the moderator shall seal the provisional ballot depository envelope and deliver such envelope to the [registrars] registrar of voters of the town. The [registrars] registrar of voters shall forthwith verify the information contained with each provisional ballot. If the [registrars] registrar of voters [determine] determines that the applicant is eligible to vote, [they shall note their decision] such registrar shall note such determination on the outer envelope of the ballot and open and count the provisional ballot in accordance with the provisions of sections 9-232i to 9-232o, inclusive, and procedures prescribed by the Secretary of the State. If the [registrars of voters are] registrar of voters is unable to determine that the applicant is eligible to vote or determine that the applicant is not eligible to vote, the applicant's provisional ballot sealed envelope shall be marked "rejected", along with the reason for such rejection, and signed by the [registrars] registrar of voters. The [registrars] registrar of voters shall verify and count all provisional ballots in [their] the registrar's town not later than six days after the election or primary. The [registrars] registrar of voters shall forthwith prepare and sign in duplicate a report showing the number of provisional ballots received from electors, the number rejected and the number counted, and showing the additional votes counted for each candidate for federal office on the provisional ballots. The [registrars] registrar of voters shall file one report with the town clerk and shall seal one in the depository envelope with the provisional ballots and file such depository envelope with the town clerk. The depository envelope shall be preserved by the town clerk for the period of time required to preserve counted absentee ballots for federal elections. The head moderator shall forthwith file a corrected return for federal offices with the town clerk and the Secretary showing (1) the final votes after any recanvass, pursuant to sections 9-311 to 9-311b, inclusive, as amended by this act, the votes on provisional ballots and the totals, and (2) the number of provisional ballots received from electors, the number rejected and the number counted, as reported by the [registrars] registrar of voters.

Sec. 123. Section 9-233 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage):

Prior to each election, the [registrars] registrar of voters of each town shall appoint, for each voting tabulator to be used at such election, at least one and not more than two electors of such town as a voting tabulator tender, unless the [registrars of voters have] registrar of voters has established two shifts for election officials under the provisions of section 9-258a, as amended by this act, in which case the [registrars] registrar shall appoint at least one and not more than two electors to be voting tabulator tenders, for each voting tabulator, for each shift.

Sec. 124. Subsection (a) of section 9-234 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage):

(a) Each registrar of voters shall be present during the taking of the vote at any regular or special state or municipal election or primary in the registrar's of voters town. [or district.] The assistants in their respective districts shall, when requested by [either] the registrar of voters, be present at the taking of any such vote and discharge the duties of [registrars] the registrar of voters. Each registrar of voters shall appoint some suitable person to check the list manually on paper or electronically in each district, unless the [registrars of voters have] registrar of voters has established two shifts for election officials under the provisions of section 9-258a, as amended by this act, in which case [each] such registrar of voters shall appoint one such person for each district for each shift. Each such person, who is so appointed official checker, shall manually on paper or electronically check the name of each elector on the list when the elector offers the elector's vote, and no voting tabulator tender shall permit any vote to be cast upon the voting tabulator until the name has been so checked.

Sec. 125. Subsections (a) to (e), inclusive, of section 9-235 of the general statutes are repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage):

(a) At least forty-eight hours prior to each election to be held in a municipality, [each] the registrar of voters in such municipality may appoint for each line of electors in each voting district therein, to serve as unofficial checkers, not more than four electors, [enrolled in the party with which the registrar is enrolled,] provided [a] the registrar may establish two or more shifts for unofficial checkers, in which case such registrar may appoint not more than four such unofficial checkers for each line of electors in each district for each shift. [The persons so appointed shall be designees of the town chairman of the party with which such registrar is enrolled, provided such town chairman shall submit the names of such designees in writing to such registrar at least forty-eight hours before the election. A registrar of voters shall, at the request of the town chairman of the party with which such registrar is enrolled, change such appointments of designees of such town chairman, at any time before the closing of the polls on the day of an election.]

(b) Except for rows of candidates entitled to unofficial checkers under subsection (a) of this section, each group of three or more electors whose names appear in one single row on the ballot in a voting district, may designate not more than two electors of the state in which the voting district is located, to serve as unofficial checkers on behalf of the candidates whose names appear in such row. Such candidates shall submit a list of the names of such designees to the [registrars] registrar of voters at least forty-eight hours prior to the election. The [registrars] registrar of voters shall verify that each such designee is an elector of the state and shall appoint not more than two such designees to serve each such row of candidates. The [registrars] registrar of voters shall, at the request of such a group of three or more electors, change such designations at any time before the closing of the polls on the day of an election.

(c) If such designation is not so made with respect to unofficial checkers for any voting district at an election, such registrar may appoint for such district not more than four electors of his own choice to serve as unofficial checkers, provided [a] the registrar may establish two or more shifts for unofficial checkers, in which case such registrar may appoint not more than four such unofficial checkers for each line of electors in each district for each shift, such appointment to be made at least twenty-four hours before the election, provided any candidates entitled to unofficial checkers under subsection (b) of this section are deemed to have waived their rights under this section if names of designees are not filed in a timely manner.

(d) No candidate for an office in an election may be an unofficial checker at such election. [In municipalities divided into two voting districts in which registrars are elected for each district, such appointments may be made by the registrars in each district.] Such unofficial checkers, appointed under subsection (a) or (b) of this section, may remain within the polling place for the purpose of checking their own copy of the registry list to indicate the names of electors who have voted, and may enter and leave the restricted area surrounding the polling place during the hours of election or referendum for the purpose of taking such information outside said area or may communicate such information from the polling place by means of telephones provided by the party for which such checkers were appointed. If any such unofficial checker interferes with the orderly process of voting or attempts to influence any elector, he shall be evicted by the moderator. An unofficial checker appointed pursuant to this section may receive compensation from the municipality in which the election is held.

(e) At least forty-eight hours before the opening of the polls at a referendum, the [registrars of voters may jointly] registrar of voters may appoint for each voting district not more than eight electors of the town to serve as unofficial checkers, provided the registrars notify (1) each committee and person on whose behalf a political committee statement of organization or a certificate of exemption has been filed for the referendum with the town clerk in accordance with chapter 155 and (2) each other group known to be for and each other group known to be against the referendum issue, of the right of such committee, person or group to submit designees to the registrars of voters. Any person for or against a referendum question may request consideration for such appointment by notifying the registrars of voters at least forty-eight hours before the opening of the polls at the referendum, indicating his position on the referendum question. The registrars may appoint designees of one side alone if the other side chooses not to submit designees. A list of the names of persons who request such appointment and persons, groups or committees who are notified pursuant to this subsection shall be maintained by the registrars as a public record. If there are no requests or submissions for such appointments, the registrars shall not appoint any such unofficial checkers.

Sec. 126. Section 9-235c of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage):

Notwithstanding any provision of the general statutes to the contrary or of any special act, charter or ordinance, any election, primary or referendum official may serve on a voluntary basis without compensation, if such official and [the registrars of voters or, in the case of a primary, the registrar of voters of the party conducting the primary,] the registrar of voters mutually agree.

Sec. 127. Subsection (a) of section 9-236 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage):

(a) On the day of any primary, referendum or election, no person shall solicit on behalf of or in opposition to the candidacy of another or himself or on behalf of or in opposition to any question being submitted at the election or referendum, or loiter or peddle or offer any advertising matter, ballot or circular to another person within a radius of seventy-five feet of any outside entrance in use as an entry to any polling place or in any corridor, passageway or other approach leading from any such outside entrance to such polling place or in any room opening upon any such corridor, passageway or approach. Nothing contained in this section shall be construed to prohibit (1) parent-teacher associations or parent-teacher organizations from holding bake sales or other fund-raising activities on the day of any primary, referendum or election in any school used as a polling place, provided such sales or activities shall not be held in the room in which the election booths are located, (2) the [registrars] registrar of voters from directing the officials at a primary, referendum or election to distribute, within the restricted area, adhesive labels on which are imprinted the words "I Voted Today", or (3) the [registrars] registrar of voters in a primary, election or referendum from [jointly] permitting nonpartisan activities to be conducted in a room other than the room in which the election booths are located. The [registrars may jointly] registrar may impose such conditions and limitations on such nonpartisan activity as deemed necessary to ensure the orderly process of voting. The moderator shall evict any person who in any way interferes with the orderly process of voting.

Sec. 128. Section 9-236a of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage):

Any town, on its own initiative or upon a request by the Secretary of the State, and with the approval of the legislative body of the town or, in the case of a town in which the legislative body is a town meeting, the board of selectmen, may require a spare voting tabulator or ballot box to be provided inside any polling place or in a room adjacent to the polling place, for the educational use of students from kindergarten to grade twelve, inclusive. Upon such approval, the [registrars] registrar of voters shall establish procedures for the use of the tabulator or ballot box, including but not limited to: (1) Location and preparation of the tabulator or ballot box, (2) duties of tabulator or ballot box tenders, and (3) canvassing the returns. Any such tabulator shall be in addition to the demonstrator or spare voting tabulator required by section 9-260. Ballots completed by students under this section shall be unofficial, and polling place officials shall not be required to handle or count such ballots. Each student who will be using such tabulator or ballot box inside a polling place or a room adjacent to the polling place shall be accompanied by an adult. The supervisor of such students for the purposes of this section shall submit the names of all adults who will be working with such students to the [registrars] registrar at least forty-eight hours before the election.

Sec. 129. Section 9-237a of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage):

The [registrars] registrar of voters shall provide a telephone for each polling place for the use of the election officials to aid in clarifying the status of electors whose right to vote is questioned, if a telephone is not available and readily accessible for such purpose.

Sec. 130. Subsection (a) of section 9-238 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage):

(a) Except as provided in section 9-272, as amended by this act, voting tabulators shall be used at all elections held in any municipality, or in any part thereof, for voting and registering and counting votes cast at such elections for officers, and upon all questions or amendments submitted at such elections. The board of selectmen of each town, the common council of each city and the warden and burgesses of each borough shall purchase or lease, or otherwise provide, for use at elections in each such municipality a number of voting tabulators approved by the Secretary of the State. Different voting tabulators may be provided for different voting districts in the same municipality. Notwithstanding any provision of this subsection to the contrary, the [registrars] registrar of voters of a municipality may determine the number of voting tabulators that shall be provided for use at any special election in such municipality, provided the [registrars] registrar shall provide at least one voting tabulator in the municipality or, in a municipality divided into voting districts, at least one voting tabulator in each such district.

Sec. 131. Section 9-240 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage):

The board of selectmen in each town, unless otherwise provided by law, shall provide or may authorize the [registrars] registrar of voters to provide a suitable room or rooms and voting tabulator booths for holding all elections. The interior of the booths shall be secure from outside observation. Said board shall provide for each polling place, in accordance with the requirements of section 9-238, as amended by this act, one or more voting tabulators in complete working order, and shall preserve and keep them in repair and have the custody of the voting tabulators, and the care and custody of the furniture and equipment of the polling place, when not in use at an election.

Sec. 132. Subdivision (5) of section 9-242b of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage):

(5) Not later than five business days after each election in which a direct recording electronic voting tabulator is used, the [registrars of voters or their designees, representing at least two political parties,] registrar of voters or any designee thereof shall conduct a manual audit of the votes recorded on at least (A) two direct recording electronic voting tabulators used in each assembly district, or (B) a number of direct recording electronic voting tabulators equal to fifty per cent of the number of voting districts in the municipality, whichever is less. Not later than five business days after a primary in which a direct recording electronic voting tabulator is used, the registrar of voters [of the party holding the primary] shall conduct such a manual audit by designating two or more individuals [, one of whom may be the registrar,] representing at least two candidates in the primary. The tabulators audited under this subdivision shall be selected in a random drawing that is announced in advance to the public and is open to the public. All direct recording electronic voting tabulators used within an assembly district shall have an equal chance of being selected for the audit. The Secretary of the State shall determine and publicly announce the method of conducting the random drawing, before the election. The manual audit shall consist of a manual tabulation of the contemporaneously produced, individual, permanent, voter-verified, paper records produced by each voting tabulator subject to the audit and a comparison of such count, with respect to all candidates and any questions or proposals appearing on the ballot, with the electronic vote tabulation reported for such voting tabulator on the day of the election or primary. Such audit shall not be required if a recanvass has been, or will be, conducted on the voting tabulator. Such manual audit shall be noticed in advance and be open to public observation. A reconciliation sheet, on a form prescribed by the Secretary of the State, that reports and compares the manual and electronic vote tabulations of each candidate and question or proposal on each such voting tabulator, along with any discrepancies, shall be prepared by the audit officials, signed and forthwith filed with the town clerk of the municipality and the Secretary of the State. If any contemporaneously produced, individual, permanent, voter-verified, paper record is found to have been damaged, the same procedures described in subdivision (3) of this section for substituting such record with the voting tabulator generated, individual, permanent, paper record produced by the voting tabulator bearing the identical tabulator generated unique identifier as the damaged record shall apply and be utilized by the audit officials to complete the reconciliation. The reconciliation sheet shall be open to public inspection and may be used as prima facie evidence of a discrepancy in any contest arising pursuant to chapter 149. If the audit officials are unable to reconcile the manual count with the electronic vote tabulation and discrepancies, the Secretary of the State shall conduct such further investigation of the voting tabulator malfunction as may be necessary for the purpose of reviewing whether or not to decertify the voting tabulator or tabulators and may order a recanvass in accordance with the provisions of subdivision (4) of this section.

Sec. 133. Section 9-244 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage):

(a) [Such registrars of voters shall give written notice] The registrar of voters shall give to the chairpersons of the town committees of the political parties [of the day and place a registrar or registrars] written notice of the day and place such registrar will begin the preparation, test voting and sealing of the tabulators for the election, including any additional tabulators required under section 9-238, as amended by this act. Such notice shall be given at least one day before the work on the preparation of such tabulators begins.

(b) Each such chairperson and any candidate for an office appearing on the ballot may be present, or may designate a watcher who may be present, during the preparation of such tabulators, but such chairpersons, candidates and watchers shall not interfere with, or assist in, the preparation of the tabulators.

(c) [After the registrar or registrars have prepared the tabulators, the registrars of voters, or their designees,] After the registrar has prepared the tabulators, such registrar or any designee thereof shall test and seal such tabulators for use in the election. The chairpersons of the town committees of the political parties and any candidate for an office appearing on the ballot may also be present, or may designate a watcher who may be present, during the testing and sealing, but such chairpersons, candidates and watchers shall not interfere with the testing or sealing. All such persons who are present for the testing and sealing of the tabulators shall file a written report, as provided in section 9-245, as amended by this act, certifying (1) to the numbers of the tabulators, (2) as to whether all the candidate and question counters are set at zero (000), (3) as to the numbers registered on the protective counters, if provided, and the numbers on the seals, (4) that the ballot is properly prepared, and (5) that the tabulators have been test-voted and found to be working properly.

Sec. 134. Section 9-245 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage):

The reports of the [registrars] registrar of voters, provided for under section 9-246, as amended by this act, and the report provided for under subsection (c) of section 9-244, as amended by this act, shall be filed with the municipal clerk and shall be kept by the municipal clerk for at least sixty days after the election for which the tabulators were so prepared.

Sec. 135. Section 9-246 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage):

(a) The registrar [or registrars] shall file a written report of the condition of each tabulator certifying that (1) [they have] such registrar has prepared the tabulators, (2) all the counters are set at zero (000), (3) the ballot is properly prepared, (4) the tabulator has been properly adjusted according to the ballots, and (5) each tabulator is otherwise in readiness for the election. This report shall include the number of each tabulator and a statement of any defects or features of the tabulator that need attention or correction. The registrar [or registrars] shall also place upon each of the tabulators a numbered seal, secured in such a way that, before any movement of the registering or voting mechanism can be effected, such seal will be destroyed or broken. All voting tabulators shall be transferred to the polling places in charge of an elector authorized by the [registrars] registrar of voters under whose direction the voting tabulators are to be prepared, as provided in section 9-240a; and such elector shall certify to their delivery in good order. Additional tabulators required under section 9-238, as amended by this act, shall be so located by the [registrars] registrar of voters as to be available for immediate transfer to the polling places within the municipality. The registrar [or registrars] shall have custody of the keys of the voting tabulators.

(b) The registrar [or registrars] shall file a written report detailing any repairs made to a tabulator on the day of an election. This report shall certify (1) the number of the tabulator, (2) the time when the problem occurred, (3) a summary description of the work performed, and (4) that no repairs were made to the tabulator, after any vote was cast on the day of an election, that would affect the manner in which votes were recorded on the tabulator.

Sec. 136. Section 9-247 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage):

The [registrars] registrar of voters shall, before the day of the election, cause test ballots to be inserted in each tabulator to ensure that each tabulator is prepared and read and cause each other voting system approved by the Secretary of the State for use in the election, including, but not limited to, voting devices equipped for individuals with disabilities that comply with the provisions of the Help America Vote Act, P.L. 107-25, as amended from time to time, to be put in order in every way and set and adjust the same so that it shall be ready for use in voting when delivered at the polling place. Such [registrars] registrar of voters shall cause each voting system to be in order and set and adjusted, to be delivered at the polling place, together with all necessary furniture and appliances that go with the same, at the room where the election is to be held, and to be tested and operable not later than one hour prior to the opening of the polling place.

Sec. 137. Section 9-248 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage):

When a voting tabulator is purchased or leased or otherwise provided for use in any municipality, the Secretary of the State shall prepare or approve samples of the following printed matter and supplies and shall furnish one of each to the officials of such municipality who have so provided such tabulator in accordance with the provisions of section 9-238, as amended by this act: (1) Directions for testing and preparing the voting tabulators for the election; (2) one certificate on which the [registrars] registrar of voters can certify that [they have] such registrar has properly tested and prepared the tabulator for the election; (3) one certificate on which some person other than the [registrars] registrar of voters who prepared the tabulator can certify that the tabulator has been examined and found to have been properly prepared for the election; (4) one certificate on which can be certified that party watchers have witnessed the testing and preparing of the tabulators; (5) one certificate that the tabulators have been delivered to polling places in good order; (6) one card for each polling place, stating the penalty for tampering with or injuring a voting tabulator; (7) two seals for sealing the tabulator; and (8) a report of an inspection of the tabulators by the moderator, [registrars] registrar and checkers, which inspection shall be made before the opening of the polls. The [registrars] registrar of voters shall, for each election, prepare and furnish said supplies for each voting tabulator, in conformity with said samples. The [registrars] registrar of voters shall also prepare and furnish to the election officials tally and return blanks in such manner as may be directed by the Secretary of the State, except that all blanks furnished by said Secretary throughout the state shall be uniform in their printing.

Sec. 138. Subsection (a) of section 9-249 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage):

(a) Before each election, the [registrars] registrar of voters and the certified head moderator shall instruct the election officials. Any provision of the general statutes or of any special act to the contrary notwithstanding, election officials shall be appointed at least twenty days before the election except as provided in section 9-229, as amended by this act. The [registrars] registrar of voters and the certified head moderator shall instruct each election official who is to serve in a voting district in which a voting tabulator is to be used in the use of the tabulator and the election official's duties in connection therewith, and for the purpose of giving such instruction, such instructors shall call such meeting or meetings of the election officials as are necessary. Such instructors shall, without delay, file a report in the office of the municipal clerk and with the Secretary of the State, (1) stating that they have instructed the election officials named in the report and the time and place where such instruction was given, and (2) containing a signed statement from each such election official acknowledging that the official has received such instruction.

Sec. 139. Section 9-253 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage):

When a major or minor party is entitled to nominate two or more candidates for a particular office, the order of the names of its candidates for such office appearing on the voting machine ballot label shall be determined by the [registrars] registrar of voters by lot in a ceremony which shall be open to the public, except as hereinafter provided. When such a candidate is nominated for the same office by more than one party, his name shall appear on each appropriate row on the voting machine ballot label in the same column in which it appears under the foregoing provision in either (1) the party row of the party with which he is enrolled or (2) the first party row on which his name is to appear if such candidate is an unaffiliated elector. The [registrars] registrar of voters shall provide at least five days' public notice for each ceremony held under this section. The ballot order of nominating petition candidates for multiple-opening offices shall be as prescribed in section 9-453r, as amended by this act.

Sec. 140. Section 9-255 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage):

The [registrars] registrar of voters shall provide for all polling places using voting tabulators at least two sample ballots that shall contain the offices, party designations, names of candidates, write-in slots and questions to be voted upon. On each such sample ballot shall be printed instructions as to the use of the voting tabulator, which instructions shall be approved by the Secretary of the State. Such sample ballots shall be so posted inside the polling place as to be visible to those within the polling place during the whole day of election. At least one of such sample ballots shall be so posted as to be visible to an elector being instructed on the use of the voting tabulator under section 9-260.

Sec. 141. Subsections (a) to (c), inclusive, of section 9-255a of the general statutes are repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage):

(a) The [registrars] registrar of voters and municipal clerk from each municipality shall jointly certify, in writing, to the Secretary of the State the number of ballots for each polling place in the municipality that have been ordered for each election or primary to be held within such municipality. Such certification shall be on a form provided by the Secretary that shall have questions, including, but not limited to, those pertaining to the historical turnout for each polling place in the municipality for the past four elections or primaries of similar nature to the election or primary to be held. The [registrars] registrar of voters and municipal clerk shall include as part of any such certification any other relevant factors that may be unique to each polling place in their municipality. Such certification shall be provided to the Secretary not later than thirty-one days prior to an election or twenty-one days prior to a primary.

(b) If the [registrars] registrar of voters and municipal clerk of a municipality do not jointly submit the certification as set forth in subsection (a) of this section, such [registrars] registrar of voters and municipal clerk shall order a number of ballots equal to the total number of registered voters in their municipality for such election or primary.

(c) The [registrars] registrar of voters and municipal clerk may jointly apply to the Secretary of the State for a waiver of the requirements of subsections (a) and (b) of this section. Such waiver request shall be submitted to the Secretary of the State, in writing, not later than the forty-fifth day before the election or the thirtieth day before the primary to be held and shall demonstrate good cause for such waiver. Not later than five days after receipt of such waiver request, the Secretary shall notify, in writing, the municipal clerk requesting a waiver, of the Secretary's response.

Sec. 142. Section 9-256 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage):

The [registrars] registrar of voters of each municipality shall, not less than ten days prior to an election, file with the Secretary of the State a sample ballot identical with those to be provided for each polling place under section 9-255, as amended by this act. The Secretary of the State shall examine the sample ballot required to be filed under this section, and if such sample ballot contains an error, the Secretary of the State shall order the [registrars] registrar of voters to reprint a corrected sample ballot or to take other such action as the Secretary may deem appropriate.

Sec. 143. Subsections (a) and (b) of section 9-258 of the general statutes are repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage):

(a) For municipalities with more than one voting district, the election officials of each polling place shall be electors of the state and shall consist of one moderator, at least one, but not more than two official checkers, two assistant registrars [of voters of opposite political parties] appointed pursuant to section 1 or 2 of this act, each of whom shall be residents of the town, not more than two challengers if the [registrars of voters have] registrar of voters has appointed challengers pursuant to section 9-232, as amended by this act, and at least one and not more than two ballot clerks and at least one but not more than two voting tabulator tenders for each voting tabulator in use at the polling place. A known candidate for any office shall not serve as an election official on election day or serve at the polls in any capacity, except that a municipal clerk or a registrar of voters, who is a candidate for the same office, may perform his or her official duties. If, in the opinion of the registrar of voters, the public convenience of the electors in any voting district so requires, provision shall be made for an additional line or lines of electors at the polling place and, if more than one line of electors is established, at least one but not more than two additional official checkers and at least one but not more than two ballot clerks for each line of electors shall be appointed and, if more than one tabulator is used in a polling place, at least one and not more than two additional voting tabulator tenders shall be appointed for each additional machine so used. Head moderators, central counting moderators and absentee ballot counters appointed pursuant to law shall also be deemed election officials.

(b) For municipalities with one voting district, the election officials of such polling place shall be electors of the state and shall consist of one moderator, at least one, but not more than two official checkers, not more than two challengers if the [registrars of voters have] registrar of voters has appointed challengers pursuant to section 9-232, as amended by this act, at least one and not more than two voting tabulator tenders for each voting tabulator in use at the polling place and at least one but not more than two ballot clerks. Additionally, such election officials may consist of [two registrars] the registrar of voters [of opposite political parties,] or two assistant registrars of voters, [of opposite political parties,] as the case may be, subject to the requirements of sections 9-259, as amended by this act, and 9-439, provided if the [registrars of voters are present in the polling place, they] registrar of voters is present in the polling place, such registrar shall appoint at least one designee to be present in [their] his or her office. A known candidate for any office shall not serve as an election official on election day or serve at the polls in any capacity, except that a municipal clerk or a registrar of voters, who is a candidate for the same office, may perform his or her official duties. If, in the opinion of the registrar of voters, the public convenience of the electors in any voting district so requires, provision shall be made for an additional line or lines of electors at the polling place and, if more than one line of electors is established, at least one, but not more than two, additional official checkers for each line of electors shall be appointed and, if more than one tabulator is used in a polling place, at least one and not more than two additional voting tabulator tenders shall be appointed for each additional tabulator so used. Head moderators, central counting moderators and absentee ballot counters appointed pursuant to law shall be deemed to be election officials.

Sec. 144. Section 9-258a of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage):

Notwithstanding any provision of the general statutes, special acts or its charter, in each municipality the [registrars] registrar of voters, or any assistant registrar of voters, as the case may be may establish, except for unofficial checkers and the moderator, two shifts of election officials for each polling place. In each polling place for which two or more shifts of election officials have been provided in this section or section 9-235, as amended by this act, the moderator shall keep a written record of the specific hours and time served at the polls by each election official. In each such polling place, all members of second shifts, including official checkers, assistant registrars and ballot clerks of second shifts, shall be present at the closing of the polls and shall remain until all paperwork has been executed.

Sec. 145. Section 9-259 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage):

(a) The moderator of the election in each municipality, voting district or ward shall appear at the office of the registrar of voters not later than eight o'clock p.m. of the day before the election and there receive from the registrar of voters the sample ballot, all checklists and other supplies necessary to conduct the election that have not been delivered previously. The moderator shall receive keys for each voting tabulator to be used in the polling place and sign a receipt for such.

(b) On the morning of the election, the election officials shall meet at the room where the election is to be held at least forty-five minutes before the time for opening the polls. The moderator shall then cause the sample ballot and instructions to be posted and everything put in readiness for the commencement of voting at the hour of opening the polls. The moderator and [the registrars of voters, or the assistant registrars of voters] the registrar of voters, or any assistant registrar of voters, as the case may be, shall examine the numbers on the seals of the tabulator.

(c) The moderator's return which the moderator receives from the [registrars] registrar of voters for all elections shall be in a form prescribed by the Secretary of the State. The moderator and [the registrars of voters, or the assistant registrars of voters] the registrar of voters, or any assistant registrar of voters, as the case may be, before the polls are opened, shall indicate on the return: (1) The delivery of the tabulator; and (2) the numbers on the seals. Additionally, the moderator and [the registrars of voters, or the assistant registrars of voters] the registrar of voters, or any assistant registrar of voters, as the case may be, shall produce a zero tape indicating that the public counter is set at zero (000). The seal on the tabulator shall remain unbroken. If the seal is broken, the [registrars] registrar of voters shall be notified immediately and the tabulator tape shall be produced. If the tape does not show all zeros, the [registrars] registrar of voters shall be notified immediately and the tabulator shall not be used.

(d) In addition to the requirements established in subsection (c) of this section, the return shall include a certificate, which shall be filled out after the polls have been closed and which indicates that the tabulator has been locked against voting and remains sealed and that also indicates the number of electors as shown on the public counter along with the number on all the seals. The moderators' returns shall show the total number of votes cast for each office, the number of votes cast for each candidate and the number of votes for persons not nominated, which shall be certified by the moderator and [registrars of voters, or assistant registrars] the registrar of voters, or any assistant registrar of voters, as the case may be.

Sec. 146. Subsections (a) to (d), inclusive, of section 9-261 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage):

(a) In each primary, election or referendum, when an elector has entered the polling place, the elector shall announce the elector's street address, if any, and the elector's name to the official checker or checkers in a tone sufficiently loud and clear as to enable all the election officials present to hear the same. Each elector who registered to vote by mail for the first time on or after January 1, 2003, and has a "mark" next to the elector's name on the official registry list, as required by section 9-23r, as amended by this act, shall present to the official checker or checkers, before the elector votes, either a current and valid photo identification that shows the elector's name and address or a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or other government document that shows the name and address of the elector. Each other elector shall (1) present to the official checker or checkers the elector's Social Security card or any other preprinted form of identification which shows the elector's name and either the elector's address, signature or photograph, or (2) on a form prescribed by the Secretary of the State, write the elector's residential address and date of birth, print the elector's name and sign a statement under penalty of false statement that the elector is the elector whose name appears on the official checklist. Such form shall clearly state the penalty of false statement. A separate form shall be used for each elector. If the elector presents a preprinted form of identification under subdivision (1) of this subsection, the official checker or checkers shall check the name of such elector on the official checklist, manually on paper or electronically. If the elector completes the form under subdivision (2) of this subsection, the registrar of voters or [the] any assistant registrar of voters, as the case may be, shall examine the information on such form and either instruct the official checker or checkers to check the name of such elector on the official checklist, manually on paper or electronically, or notify the elector that the form is incomplete or inaccurate.

(b) In the event that an elector is present at the polling place but is unable to gain access to the polling place due to a temporary incapacity, the elector may request that the ballot be brought to him or her. [The registrars of voters or the assistant registrars of voters] The registrar of voters, or any assistant registrar of voters, as the case may be, shall take such ballot, along with a privacy sleeve to such elector. The elector shall show identification, in accordance with the provisions of this section. The elector shall forthwith mark the ballot in the presence of the election officials in such manner that the election officials shall not know how the ballot is marked. The elector shall place the ballot in the privacy sleeve. The election officials shall mark the elector's name on the official voter list, manually on paper or electronically, as having voted in person and deliver such ballot and privacy sleeve to the voting tabulator where such ballot shall be placed into the tabulator, by the election official, for counting. The moderator shall record such activity in the moderator's diary.

(c) In each polling place in which two or more parties are holding primaries in which unaffiliated electors are authorized to vote, pursuant to section 9-431, an unaffiliated elector shall also announce to the separate table of the official checker or checkers for unaffiliated electors the party in whose primary the elector chooses to vote and the official checker or checkers shall note such party when checking such elector's name on the checklist of unaffiliated electors, manually on paper or electronically, provided such choice shall not alter the elector's unaffiliated status.

(d) In each polling place in which two or more parties are holding primaries in which unaffiliated electors are authorized to vote or in which one party is holding a primary in which unaffiliated electors are authorized to vote for some but not all offices to be contested at the primary, the official checker or checkers shall give to each elector checked manually on paper or electronically, a receipt provided by the [registrars] registrar of voters, in a form prescribed by the Secretary of the State, specifying either (1) the party with which the elector is enrolled, if any, or (2) in the case of an unaffiliated elector, the party in whose primary the elector has so chosen to vote, and whether the elector is authorized to vote for only a partial ballot.

Sec. 147. Section 9-261b of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage):

The [registrars] registrar of voters shall either ensure that each ballot clerk offer every elector a privacy sleeve into which the ballot can be inserted and fully shielded from view or, in the alternative, place such privacy sleeve in every voting booth for the elector's use. No elector shall be required to accept a privacy sleeve.

Sec. 148. Section 9-266 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage):

When the voting tabulator has been locked at the close of an election, the moderator shall return the keys for the tabulator to the [registrars] registrar of voters with the official returns. Except as provided in section 9-311, as amended by this act, such [registrars] registrar of voters shall securely keep such keys and not permit the same to be taken, or any tabulator to be unlocked, for a period of fourteen days from the election, unless otherwise ordered by a court of competent jurisdiction, or by the State Elections Enforcement Commission. All tabulators shall be collected immediately on the day after election or as soon thereafter as possible, and shall be secured and stored in a place or places directed by the [registrars] registrar of voters.

Sec. 149. Section 9-267 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage):

If, at any time during the performance of his or her duties, any moderator, assistant registrar of voters, official checker, ballot clerk or voting tabulator tender is, from any cause, found incompetent, the [registrars] registrar of voters may remove him or her and appoint another competent person.

Sec. 150. Section 9-268 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage):

Whenever the duties imposed by this part upon selectmen are imposed by the charter of any municipality upon any other officer or officers, the term "selectmen", as used herein, shall be construed to apply to such other officer or officers, who shall be vested with all the powers and duties and shall be subject to all the obligations imposed by this chapter upon such selectmen. In any municipality where by charter the duties of selectmen are limited to the admission of electors and are not imposed by charter upon any other officer or officers, the term "selectmen", as used herein, shall apply to the [registrars] registrar of voters of such municipality, who shall be vested with all the powers and duties and shall be subject to all the obligations imposed by this part upon such selectmen.

Sec. 151. Section 9-272 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage):

If, owing to the number of candidates to be voted upon, owing to inability to obtain a sufficient number of voting tabulators or, if it is found impracticable to use voting tabulators at any election, primary or referenda to be held in any municipality, or in one or more of the voting districts therein, the [registrars] registrar of voters may discontinue the use of such tabulators for such election in any of the voting districts therein, and shall thereupon cause ballots to be procured and used at such election, primary or referenda in each of the voting districts wherein the use of voting tabulators has been so discontinued. The procedures for securing and counting the paper ballots described in this section shall be in compliance as nearly as possible, in the manner prescribed by the Secretary of the State, with the procedures for securing and counting absentee ballots.

Sec. 152. Section 9-311 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage):

(a) If, within three days after an election, it appears to the moderator that there is a discrepancy in the returns of any voting district, such moderator shall forthwith within said period summon, by written notice delivered personally, the recanvass officials, consisting of at least two checkers of different political parties and at least two absentee ballot counters of different political parties who served at such election, and the [registrars] registrar of voters of the municipality in which the election was held and such other officials as may be required to conduct such recanvass. Such written notice shall require the clerk or [registrars] the registrar of voters, as the case may be, to bring with them the depository envelopes required by section 9-150a, as amended by this act, the package of write-in ballots provided for in section 9-310, the absentee ballot applications, the list of absentee ballot applications, the registry list and the moderators' returns and shall require such recanvass officials to meet at a specified time not later than the fifth business day after such election to recanvass the returns of a voting tabulator or voting tabulators or absentee ballots or write-in ballots used in such district in such election. If any of such recanvass officials are unavailable at the time of the recanvass, the registrar of voters [of the same political party as that of the recanvass official unable to attend] shall designate another elector having previous training and experience in the conduct of elections to take his place. Before such recanvass is made, such moderator shall give notice, in writing, to the chairman of the town committee of each political party which nominated candidates for the election, and, in the case of a state election, not later than twenty-four hours after a determination is made regarding the need for a recanvass to the Secretary of the State, of the time and place where such recanvass is to be made; and each such chairman may send representatives to be present at such recanvass. Such representatives may observe, but no one other than a recanvass official may take part in the recanvass. If any irregularity in the recanvass procedure is noted by such a representative, he shall be permitted to present evidence of such irregularity in any contest relating to the election.

(b) The moderator shall determine the place or places where the recanvass shall be conducted and, if such recanvass is held before the tabulators are boxed and collected in the manner required by section 9-266, as amended by this act, the moderator may either require that such recanvass of such tabulators be conducted in each place where the tabulators are located, or he may require that they be removed to one central place, where such recanvass shall be conducted. All recanvassing procedures shall be open to public observation. Such recanvass officials shall, in the presence of such moderator and [registrars] the registrar of voters, make a record of the number on the seal and the number on the protective counter, if one is provided, on each voting tabulator specified by such moderator. Such [registrars] registrar of voters in the presence of such moderator shall turn over the keys of each such tabulator to such recanvass officials, and such recanvass officials, in the presence of such [registrars] registrar of voters and moderator, shall immediately proceed to recanvass the vote cast thereon, and shall then open the package of absentee ballots and recanvass the vote cast thereon. In the course of the recanvass of the absentee ballot vote the recanvass officials shall check all outer envelopes for absentee ballots against the inner envelopes for such ballots and against the registry list to verify postmarks, addresses and registry list markings and also to determine whether the number of envelopes from which absentee ballots have been removed is the same as the number of persons checked as having voted by absentee ballot. The write-in ballots shall also be recanvassed at this time. All of the recanvass officials shall use the same forms for tallies and returns as were used at the original canvass and the absentee ballot counters shall also sign the tallies.

(c) The votes shall be announced and recorded in the manner prescribed in section 9-309, as amended by this act, on return forms provided by the [registrars] registrar of voters and appended thereto shall be a statement signed by the moderator indicating the time and place of the recanvass and the names, addresses, titles and party affiliations of the recanvass officials. The write-in ballots shall be replaced in a properly secured sealed package. Upon the completion of such recanvass, any tabulator used in such recanvass shall be locked and sealed, the keys thereof shall immediately be returned to such [registrars] registrar of voters and such tabulator shall remain so locked until the expiration of fourteen days after such election or for such longer period as is ordered by a court of competent jurisdiction. The absentee ballots shall be replaced in their wrappers and be resealed by the moderator in the presence of the recanvass officials. Upon the completion of such recanvass, such moderator and at least two of the recanvass officials of different political parties shall forthwith prepare and sign such return forms which shall contain a written statement giving the result of such recanvass for each tabulator and each package of absentee ballots whose returns were so recanvassed, setting forth whether or not the original canvass was correctly made and stating whether or not the discrepancy still remains unaccounted for. Such return forms containing such statement shall forthwith be filed by the moderator in the office of such clerk. If such recanvass reveals that the original canvass of returns was not correctly made, such return forms containing such statement so filed with the clerk shall constitute a corrected return. In the case of a state election, a recanvass return shall be made in duplicate on a form prescribed and provided by the Secretary of the State, and the moderator shall file one copy with the Secretary of the State and one copy with the town clerk not later than ten days after the election. Such recanvass return shall be substituted for the original return and shall have the same force and effect as an original return.

(d) As used in this section, [(1)] "moderator" means, in the case of municipalities not divided into voting districts, the moderator of the election and, in the case of municipalities divided into voting districts, the head moderator of the election. [, and (2) "registrars of voters", in a municipality where there are different registrars of voters for different voting districts, means the registrars of voters in the voting district in which, at the last-preceding election, the presiding officer for the purpose of declaring the result of the vote of the whole municipality was moderator.]

Sec. 153. Subsections (a) to (e), inclusive, of section 9-320f of the general statutes are repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage):

(a) Not earlier than the fifteenth day after any election or primary and not later than two business days before the canvass of votes by the Secretary of the State, Treasurer and Comptroller, for any federal or state election or primary, or by the town clerk for any municipal election or primary, the [registrars] registrar of voters shall conduct a manual audit of the votes recorded in not less than ten per cent of the voting districts in the state, district or municipality, whichever is applicable. Such manual audit shall be noticed in advance and be open to public observation. Any election official who participates in the administration and conduct of an audit pursuant to this section shall be compensated by the municipality at the standard rate of pay established by such municipality for elections or primaries, as the case may be.

(b) The voting districts subject to the audit described in subsection (a) of this section shall be selected in a random drawing by the Secretary of the State and such selection process shall be open to the public. The offices subject to the audit pursuant to this section shall be, (1) in the case of an election where the office of presidential elector is on the ballot, all offices required to be audited by federal law, plus one additional office selected in a random drawing by the Secretary of the State, but in no case less than three offices, (2) in the case of an election where the office of Governor is on the ballot, all offices required to be audited by federal law, plus one additional office selected in a random drawing by the Secretary of the State, but in no case less than three offices, (3) in the case of a municipal election, three offices or twenty per cent of the number of offices on the ballot, whichever is greater, selected at random by the municipal clerk, and (4) in the case of a primary election, all offices required to be audited by federal law, plus one additional office, if any, but in no event less than twenty per cent of the offices on the ballot, selected in a random drawing by the municipal clerk.

(c) If a selected voting district has an office that is subject to recanvass or an election or primary contest pursuant to the general statutes, the Secretary shall select an alternative district, pursuant to the process described in subsection (b) of this section.

(d) The manual audit described in subsection (a) of this section shall consist of the manual tabulation of the paper ballots cast and counted by each voting tabulator subject to such audit. Once complete, the vote totals established pursuant to the manual tabulation shall be compared to the results reported by the voting tabulator on the day of the election or primary. The results of the manual tabulation shall be reported on a form prescribed by the Secretary of the State which shall include the total number of ballots counted, the total votes received by each candidate in question, the total votes received by each candidate in question on ballots that were properly completed by each voter and the total votes received by each candidate in question on ballots that were not properly completed by each voter. Such report shall be filed with the Secretary of the State who shall immediately forward such report to The University of Connecticut for analysis. The University of Connecticut shall file a written report with the Secretary of the State regarding such analysis that describes any discrepancies identified. After receipt of such report, the Secretary of the State shall file such report with the State Elections Enforcement Commission.

(e) For the purposes of this section, a ballot that has not been properly completed will be deemed to be a ballot on which (1) votes have been marked by the voter outside the vote targets, (2) votes have been marked by the voter using a manual marking device that cannot be read by the voting tabulator, or (3) in the judgment of the [registrars] registrar of voters, the voter marked the ballot in such a manner that the voting tabulator may not have read the marks as votes cast.

Sec. 154. Section 9-322b of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage):

Notwithstanding the provisions of this title, if a candidate is elected to two or more offices in a municipality at the same election and is prohibited by any provision of the general statutes, a charter or an ordinance from holding more than one such office, the candidate shall notify the [registrars] registrar of voters and the municipal clerk of the office to which the candidate declines election, and the candidate for such office who receives the next highest number of votes at such election shall be deemed to have been elected to such office.

Sec. 155. Section 9-362 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage):

The decision of the board for admission of electors or of the [registrars] registrar of voters or of a moderator, as to a person's right to be admitted to the elector's oath, to registration or to cast his vote, shall, in no case, be a bar to a criminal prosecution for procuring himself to be made an elector or to be registered or for voting, without the qualifications required by law.

Sec. 156. Subsections (a) to (c), inclusive, of section 9-369c of the general statutes are repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage):

(a) Whenever a referendum, as defined in subdivision (2) or (3) of subsection (n) of section 9-1, is to be held on any question or proposal, the question or proposal shall be submitted to the municipal clerk in the form in which it will appear on the ballot at least three weeks prior to the date on which the referendum is to be held, and the municipal clerk shall make absentee ballots available for use at the referendum in accordance with the provisions of this section, provided, if any other provision of the general statutes, a special act, a charter provision or an ordinance specifically authorizes a referendum to be held with less than three weeks' notice, absentee ballots shall be made available for each such referendum within four business days after the question or questions which are to be voted on at the referendum are finalized. Notwithstanding any provision of the general statutes to the contrary, a municipal clerk may only provide an absentee ballot for such referendum held with less than three weeks' notice to a person who applies in person at the office of the municipal clerk for an absentee ballot (1) for himself or (2) for a prospective applicant who designates such person for such purpose. The designee may be a licensed physician, registered or practical nurse or any other person who is caring for the applicant because of the applicant's illness, a member of the applicant's family or a police officer, the registrar of voters or the deputy registrar of voters in the municipality in which the applicant resides. The designee may also return the ballot in person to the municipal clerk not later than the close of the polls.

(b) At any such referendum, any person who would be eligible to vote on the question or proposal if he appeared in person and is unable to appear in person for one or more of the reasons set forth in section 9-135, may cast his vote by absentee ballot, in accordance with the requirements of this section.

(c) Upon receipt of the written form of the question or proposal to be voted on at any such referendum, the municipal clerk shall immediately prepare and print absentee ballots for the referendum. The phrasing of the question or proposal on the absentee ballots shall be identical to the phrasing on the ballot to be used for voting in person at the referendum. Prior to printing the ballots, the [registrars] registrar of voters of the municipality may provide comments concerning the content and form of such ballots to the clerk.

Sec. 157. Subsection (b) of section 9-369d of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage):

(b) (1) The procedures set forth in this subsection shall only apply if a municipality so chooses and only upon approval of such procedure by its legislative body or in any town in which the legislative body is a town meeting, by the board of selectmen.

(2) Voters who are not electors shall vote by separate voting tabulator or paper ballot, containing solely the question, at one separate location which may be a separate room in the location at which electors vote. Such separate location shall be treated as a separate voting district and polling place for such voters, except that the [registrars] registrar of voters shall appoint a moderator who shall be the head moderator for the purpose of this question only, and such other officials as the [registrars deem] registrar deems necessary. The moderator of such separate location shall add the results of the vote by electors on the question to the results of the vote by voters who are not electors, and shall file such results in the office of the municipal clerk. The moderator of such separate location shall be the moderator for the purposes of a recanvass of a close vote on such question under section 9-370a. The head moderator of the town shall indicate on the return of vote of such question filed with the Secretary of the State that such return does not include the return of vote of voters who are not electors.

Sec. 158. Section 9-372 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage):

The following terms, as used in this chapter, chapter 157 and sections 9-51 to 9-67, inclusive, as amended by this act, 9-169e, 9-217, 9-236, as amended by this act, and 9-361, shall have the following meanings:

(1) "Caucus" means any meeting, at a designated hour and place, or at designated hours and places, of the enrolled members of a political party within a municipality or political subdivision thereof for the purpose of selecting party-endorsed candidates for a primary to be held by such party or for the purpose of transacting other business of such party;

(2) "Convention" means a meeting of delegates of a political party held for the purpose of designating the candidate or candidates to be endorsed by such party in a primary of such party for state or district office or for the purpose of transacting other business of such party;

(3) "District" means any geographic portion of the state which crosses the boundary or boundaries between two or more towns;

(4) "District office" means an elective office for which only the electors in a district, as defined in subdivision (3) of this section, may vote;

(5) "Major party" means (A) a political party or organization whose candidate for Governor at the last-preceding election for Governor received, under the designation of that political party or organization, at least twenty per cent of the whole number of votes cast for all candidates for Governor, or (B) a political party having, at the last-preceding election for Governor, a number of enrolled members on the active registry list equal to at least twenty per cent of the total number of enrolled members of all political parties on the active registry list in the state;

(6) "Minor party" means a political party or organization which is not a major party and whose candidate for the office in question received at the last-preceding regular election for such office, under the designation of that political party or organization, at least one per cent of the whole number of votes cast for all candidates for such office at such election;

(7) "Municipal office" means an elective office for which only the electors of a single town, city, borough, or political subdivision, as defined in subdivision (10) of this section, may vote, including the office of justice of the peace;

(8) "Party designation committee" means an organization, composed of at least twenty-five members who are electors, which has, on or after November 4, 1981, reserved a party designation with the Secretary of the State pursuant to the provisions of this chapter;

(9) "Party-endorsed candidate" means (A) in the case of a candidate for state or district office, a person endorsed by the convention of a political party as a candidate in a primary to be held by such party, and (B) in the case of a candidate for municipal office or for member of a town committee, a person endorsed by the town committee, caucus or convention, as the case may be, of a political party as a candidate in a primary to be held by such party;

(10) "Political subdivision" means any voting district or combination of voting districts constituting a part of a municipality;

(11) "Primary" means a meeting of the enrolled members of a political party and, when applicable under section 9-431, unaffiliated electors, held during consecutive hours at which such members or electors may, without assembling at the same hour, vote by secret ballot for candidates for nomination to office or for town committee members;

[(12) "Registrar" means the registrar of voters in a municipality who is enrolled with the political party holding a primary and, in each municipality where there are different registrars for different voting districts, means the registrar so enrolled in the voting district in which, at the last-preceding regular election, the presiding officer for the purpose of declaring the result of the vote of the whole municipality was moderator;]

[(13)] (12) "Slate" means a group of candidates for nomination by a political party to the office of justice of the peace of a town, which group numbers at least a bare majority of the number of justices of the peace to be nominated by such party for such town;

[(14)] (13) "State office" means any office for which all the electors of the state may vote and includes the office of Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Secretary, Treasurer, Comptroller, Attorney General and senator in Congress, but does not include the office of elector of President and Vice-President of the United States;

[(15)] (14) "Votes cast for the same office at the last-preceding election" or "votes cast for all candidates for such office at the last-preceding election" means, in the case of multiple openings for the same office, the total number of electors checked as having voted at the last-preceding election at which such office appeared on the ballot.

Sec. 159. Section 9-375 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage):

The local party rules, governing a political party in any municipality, may be amended by one of the three following methods: (1) By a caucus of its enrolled party members, (2) by a convention of delegates chosen by its enrolled party members in a manner prescribed in such rules or (3) by its town committee. Whenever, in any municipality, the method of amending the local party rules of a party is by the town committee, such rules may also be amended either by a caucus of its enrolled party members or by a convention of delegates chosen by its enrolled party members in a manner prescribed in such rules, whichever such rules specify, which caucus or convention, as the case may be, shall forthwith be called by the chairman of its town committee upon the filing with the registrar of voters [of such party] in such municipality of a petition signed by at least five per cent or five hundred, whichever is less, of its enrolled party members in such municipality, and such caucus or convention, as the case may be, shall be held within a period of time reasonably necessary to convene the same, which period of time shall be prescribed in its rules. Whenever the method of amendment prescribed in accordance with the provisions of this section for a party in any municipality consists of or involves a convention of delegates chosen by its enrolled party members under its party rules, such rule or amendment so prescribing such method of amendment shall also prescribe the manner in which such delegates are to be chosen.

Sec. 160. Section 9-400 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage):

(a) A candidacy for nomination by a political party to a state office may be filed by or on behalf of any person whose name appears upon the last-completed enrollment list of such party in any municipality within the state and who has either (1) received at least fifteen per cent of the votes of the convention delegates present and voting on any roll-call vote taken on the endorsement or proposed endorsement of a candidate for such state office, whether or not the party-endorsed candidate for such office received a unanimous vote on the last ballot, or (2) circulated a petition and obtained the signatures of at least two per cent of the enrolled members of such party in the state, in accordance with the provisions of sections 9-404a to 9-404c, inclusive. Candidacies described in subdivision (1) of this subsection shall be filed by submitting to the Secretary of the State not later than four o'clock p.m. on the fourteenth day following the close of the state convention, a certificate, signed by such candidate and attested by either (A) the chairman or presiding officer, or (B) the secretary of the convention, that such candidate received at least fifteen per cent of such votes, and that such candidate consents to be a candidate in a primary of such party for such state office. Such certificate shall specify the candidate's name as the candidate authorizes it to appear on the ballot, the candidate's full residence address and the title of the office for which the candidacy is being filed. A single such certificate or petition for state office may be filed on behalf of two or more candidates for different state offices who consent to have their names appear on a single row of the primary ballot under subsection (b) of section 9-437. Candidacies described in subdivision (2) of this subsection shall be filed by submitting said petition not later than four o'clock p.m. on the sixty-third day preceding the day of the primary for such office to the registrar of voters of [the towns] each town in which the respective petition pages were circulated. Each registrar shall file each page of such petition with the Secretary of the State in accordance with the provisions of section 9-404c. A petition filed by or on behalf of a candidate for state office shall be invalid for such candidate if such candidate is certified as the party-endorsed candidate pursuant to section 9-388 or as receiving at least fifteen per cent of the convention vote for such office pursuant to this subsection. Except as provided in section 9-416a, upon the expiration of the time period for party endorsement and circulation and tabulation of petitions and signatures, if any, if one or more candidacies for such state office have been filed pursuant to the provisions of this section, the Secretary of the State shall notify all town clerks and registrars of voters in accordance with the provisions of section 9-433, that a primary for such state office shall be held in each municipality in accordance with the provisions of section 9-415.

(b) A candidacy for nomination by a political party to a district office may be filed by or on behalf of any person whose name appears upon the last-completed enrollment list of such party within the district the person seeks to represent that is in the office of the Secretary of the State at the end of the last day prior to the convention for the party from which the person seeks nomination and who has either (1) received at least fifteen per cent of the votes of the convention delegates present and voting on any roll-call vote taken on the endorsement or proposed endorsement of a candidate for such district office, whether or not the party-endorsed candidate for such office received a unanimous vote on the last ballot, or (2) circulated a petition and obtained the signatures of at least two per cent of the enrolled members of such party in the district for the district office of representative in Congress, and at least five per cent of the enrolled members of such party in the district for the district offices of state senator, state representative and judge of probate, in accordance with the provisions of sections 9-404a to 9-404c, inclusive. Candidacies described in subdivision (1) of this subsection shall be filed by submitting to the Secretary of the State not later than four o'clock p.m. on the fourteenth day following the close of the district convention, a certificate, signed by such candidate and attested by either (A) the chairman or presiding officer, or (B) the secretary of the convention, that such candidate received at least fifteen per cent of such votes, and that the candidate consents to be a candidate in a primary of such party for such district office. Such certificate shall specify the candidate's name as the candidate authorizes it to appear on the ballot, the candidate's full residence address and the title and district of the office for which the candidacy is being filed. Candidacies described in subdivision (2) of this subsection shall be filed by submitting said petition not later than four o'clock p.m. on the sixty-third day preceding the day of the primary for such office to the registrar of voters of [the towns] each town in which the respective petition pages were circulated. Each registrar shall file each page of such petition with the Secretary in accordance with the provisions of section 9-404c. A petition may only be filed by or on behalf of a candidate for the district office of state senator, state representative or judge of probate who is not certified as the party-endorsed candidate pursuant to section 9-388 or as receiving at least fifteen per cent of the convention vote for such office pursuant to this subsection. A petition filed by or on behalf of a candidate for the district office of representative in Congress shall be invalid if said candidate is certified as the party-endorsed candidate pursuant to section 9-388 or as receiving at least fifteen per cent of the convention vote for such office pursuant to this subsection. Except as provided in section 9-416a, upon the expiration of the time period for party endorsement and circulation and tabulation of petitions and signatures, if any, if one or more candidacies for such district office have been filed pursuant to the provisions of this section, the Secretary of the State shall notify all town clerks within the district, in accordance with the provisions of section 9-433, that a primary for such district office shall be held in each municipality and each part of a municipality within the district in accordance with the provisions of section 9-415.

(c) For the purposes of this section, the number of enrolled members of a party shall be determined by the latest enrollment records in the office of the Secretary of the State prior to the earliest date that primary petitions were available. The names of electors on the inactive registry list compiled under section 9-35, as amended by this act, shall not be counted for purposes of computing the number of petition signatures required under this section, as provided in section 9-35c, as amended by this act.

(d) On the last day for filing primary petition candidacies in accordance with the provisions of this section, the office or office facilities of the [registrars] registrar of voters shall open not later than one o'clock p.m., and remain open until at least four o'clock p.m., and such [registrars or the deputy or assistant registrars] registrar or the deputy or any assistant registrar shall be present.

Sec. 161. Section 9-405 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage):

(a) (1) Candidacies of persons other than party-endorsed candidates for nomination by a political party to a municipal office to be voted upon at a municipal election, or for election as town committee members shall be filed with the registrar, as provided in section 9-406, as amended by this act, not later than four o'clock p.m. on the thirty-fourth day preceding the day of the primary of such party for the nomination of candidates for such office or for the election of town committee members. Said day and hour shall be specified on the petition forms.

(2) Candidacies of persons, other than party-endorsed candidates, for nomination by a political party to a municipal office to be voted upon at a state election shall be filed with the [registrars] registrar, as provided in section 9-406, as amended by this act, not later than four o'clock p.m. on the sixty-third day preceding the day of the primary for such office. Said day and hour shall be specified on the petition forms.

(b) On the last day for filing primary petition candidacies, in accordance with the provisions of this section, the office or office facilities of the [registrars] registrar of voters shall open not later than one o'clock p.m., and remain open until at least four o'clock p.m., and such [registrars or their deputy or assistant registrars] registrar or the deputy or any assistant registrar shall be present.

Sec. 162. Section 9-406 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage):

A candidacy for nomination by a political party to a municipal office or a candidacy for election as a member of a town committee may be filed by or on behalf of any person whose name appears upon the last-completed enrollment list of such party within the senatorial district within which a person is to be nominated in the case of the municipal office of state senator, or the assembly district within which a person is to be nominated in the case of the municipal office of state representative, or the municipality or political subdivision within which a person is to be nominated in the case of a town committee member or for any other municipal office. Any such candidacy shall be filed by filing with the registrar within the applicable time specified in section 9-405, as amended by this act, a petition signed by (1) at least five per cent of the electors whose names appear upon the last-completed enrollment list of such party in such municipality or in such political subdivision, senatorial district or assembly district, or (2) such lesser number of such electors as such party by its rules prescribes, as the case may be. For the purpose of computing five per cent of the last-completed enrollment list, the registrar shall use the last printed enrollment list and the printed updated list, if any, of a political party certified and last completed by the [registrars] registrar of voters prior to the date the first primary petition was issued, excluding therefrom the names of individuals who have ceased to be electors.

Sec. 163. Subsections (a) to (e), inclusive, of section 9-436 of the general statutes are repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage):

(a) Voting tabulators shall be used at each primary, provided, (1) if, because of the number of offices and positions to be voted upon at a primary, there is an insufficient number of vertical columns on any ballot to be used in a municipality, the vote in such municipality at such primary for such offices or positions as the Secretary of the State determines shall be taken by paper ballots, and (2) if, because of the number of candidates for any office or position to be voted upon at a primary, there is an insufficient number of horizontal rows with respect to such office or position on any ballot to be used in the municipality, the vote in such municipality at such primary for such office or position shall be taken by paper ballots. More than one voting tabulator may be used in any voting district if the registrar so prescribes. The registrar shall furnish a number of voting booths sufficient to provide a voting booth for each five hundred or fraction of five hundred electors eligible to vote at such primary in the municipality or voting district, as the case may be, and other necessary equipment. In each polling place in which a party has authorized unaffiliated electors, pursuant to section 9-431, to vote for some but not all offices to be contested at the primary, a separate voting tabulator shall be used for such unaffiliated electors and the registrar shall separately furnish one voting booth for each five hundred or fraction of five hundred enrolled party members and one voting booth for each five hundred or fraction of five hundred unaffiliated electors authorized to vote at such primary in such district. In determining such number of electors, enrolled party members or unaffiliated electors, the registrar shall not count the names on the enrollment or registry lists of seventy-five per cent of such electors, unaffiliated electors or enrolled party members who reside in institutions, as defined in section 9-159q, as amended by this act. The registrar may provide more than the minimum number of voting booths required by this section.

(b) Each tabulator shall be so arranged that the elector may vote for as many persons for nomination or election to each office or position as there are persons to be nominated or elected, as the case may be, and no more, and so that the elector may vote for individual candidates; provided the vote for justices of the peace shall be by slate, as provided in section 9-443.

(c) The registrar shall appoint from among the enrolled party members in the state, to serve in each polling place, the primary polling place officials, who shall consist of one moderator, at least one, but not more than two official checkers, not more than two challengers if the registrar deems it necessary, and at least one and not more than two ballot clerks and at least one but not more than two voting tabulator tenders for each tabulator in use at such primary and, in towns with two or more voting districts at least one and not more than two assistant registrars, provided (1) in the case of either a municipality or a political subdivision holding a primary, if no enrolled party member can be found or no such person consents to serve as a moderator, the registrar may appoint any elector who resides in the state and is a certified moderator to be moderator, (2) in the case of a political subdivision holding a primary, if an insufficient number of enrolled party members who reside in the state consent to serve as checkers, challengers, voting tabulator tenders or assistant registrars, the registrar may appoint any elector who resides in the state to be a checker, challenger, voting tabulator tender or assistant registrar, and (3) in the case of either a municipality or a political subdivision holding more than one primary on the same day for different political parties, one certified moderator may serve as moderator for both primaries, if the [registrars of voters so agree] registrar of voters so decides. If unaffiliated electors are authorized under section 9-431 to vote for some but not all of the offices to be contested at the primary, the registrar shall appoint two additional checkers to check the list of unaffiliated electors who are authorized to vote on the separate tabulators. If unaffiliated electors are authorized under section 9-431 to vote in the primary of either of two parties in the same polling place, whether for some or for all offices to be contested at the primary, [each] such registrar shall appoint two additional checkers to check the list of unaffiliated electors who are authorized to vote in either such primary.

(d) The registrar shall designate one of the moderators so appointed by the registrar to be head moderator or shall appoint as head moderator an elector who is not also moderator of a polling place and who shall be deemed a primary official. The registrar may also appoint a deputy head moderator to assist the head moderator in the performance of the head moderator's duties. A deputy head moderator shall also be deemed to be a primary official. [Each] The registrar's appointments of primary polling place officials, except moderators of polling places, and of designees to conduct supervised voting of absentee ballots pursuant to sections 9-159q, as amended by this act, and 9-159r, as amended by this act, shall be divided equally, as nearly as may be, between designees of the party-endorsed candidates and designees of one or more of the contestants, provided, if a party-endorsed candidate is a member of a party other than the one holding the primary, such primary officials shall be enrolled party members of the party holding the primary. Names of designees and alternate designees for such positions shall be submitted in writing by party-endorsed candidates and contestants to the registrar not later than twenty-one days before the primary and, if such lists are not so presented, all such appointments shall be made by the registrar but in the above-mentioned proportion. The registrar shall notify all such candidates and contestants of their right to submit a list of designees under this section. The [registrars] registrar shall train each prospective primary poll worker to perform in the poll worker's designated position. Notwithstanding any other provision of this section, the registrar shall appoint as moderators only persons who are certified to serve as moderators or alternate moderators pursuant to section 9-229, as amended by this act, unless there is an insufficient number of such persons who are enrolled members of the [registrar's] party holding the primary, in which case the registrar may appoint a new moderator in accordance with section 9-229, as amended by this act, but only to the extent of such insufficiency. Primary central counting moderators and absentee ballot counters shall also be deemed primary officials. No primary official shall perform services for any candidate at the primary on primary day.

(e) If paper ballots are required for the vote on any office or position in a municipality, the clerk of the municipality, in consultation with the [registrars] registrar of voters, shall print a paper ballot for use in such primary for nomination to such office or election to such position. The Secretary of the State shall prescribe the form of such paper ballot. The Secretary of the State may prescribe general rules for the use of paper ballots in any primary, including the duties of officials at the polls with regard to the same, the marking of the same and the counting of the same. The procedure to be followed when paper ballots are so used shall conform, as nearly as may be, to the procedure applicable to voting tabulators provided in this chapter and to the law governing the use of paper ballots in regular elections and such rules shall have the force and effect of law. Chapter 54 shall not apply to rules made pursuant to this section.

Sec. 164. Section 9-436a of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage):

Each group of candidates whose names appear in one single row on the official ballot in a voting district for a primary to be held by a political party may designate, for each line of electors voting in such primary at such voting district, not more than two electors enrolled in such party in the town in which such voting district is located, to serve as candidate checkers on behalf of the candidates whose names appear in such row, provided [a] the registrar may establish two or more shifts for candidate checkers, in which case each such group of candidates may designate the candidate checkers for each shift. No primary official shall perform the functions of a candidate checker pursuant to this section. The candidates shall submit a list of the names of such designees to the registrar of voters [for such party] not later than forty-eight hours before the primary. The registrar shall notify the candidates of this obligation. Such registrar of voters shall verify that each such designee is enrolled in such party in such town and shall appoint in each voting district not more than two such designees, for each line, to serve each such row for each shift. The registrar shall, at the request of such a group of candidates, change such designations at any time before the closing of the polls on the day of a primary. No candidate for nomination in such primary may be a candidate checker at such primary. The registrar of voters shall furnish each candidate checker one copy of the list or lists of electors eligible to vote in such primary. Candidate checkers may remain within the polling place for the purpose of checking their own copy of such list to indicate the names of electors who have voted. Such checkers may enter and leave the restricted area surrounding the polling place during the hours of voting for the purpose of taking such information outside said area. If any such candidate checker interferes with the orderly process of voting or attempts to influence any elector, he shall be evicted by the moderator. A candidate checker appointed pursuant to this section may receive compensation from the municipality in which the primary is held.

Sec. 165. Subsection (e) of section 9-437 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage):

(e) The names of candidates for town committee members which are contained in one primary petition shall be placed in a separate row, precedence as to row being given to the candidates whose names appear in petitions in the order determined in accordance with this subsection. Petitions filed by nine o'clock a.m. on the first business day following the day on which petitions become available shall be given precedence as to row based on the number of valid signatures filed, in descending order from the greatest to the least. Petitions filed after nine o'clock a.m. on the first business day following the day on which petitions become available shall be given precedence as to row based on the order in which they are filed, if such petitions are filed during the regular business hours of the office of the [registrars] registrar of voters or during any different hours for said office required under the general statutes. Such order of precedence shall be determined separately for petitions proposing the full number of candidates which the party may choose at the primary and for petitions proposing fewer than such full number of candidates, and provided further that petitions proposing such full number of candidates shall have precedence as to row over petitions proposing fewer than such full number of candidates.

Sec. 166. Section 9-446 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage):

(a) If two or more candidates obtain the same and the highest total number of votes at a primary held to nominate candidates for a state or district office or the municipal office of state senator or state representative, and a tie vote thereby occurs, any of such candidates, or the state chairman of the political party, may apply for a recanvass of the returns in the manner provided in section 9-445. If no such application is made, or if any such recanvass results in a tie vote, such primary shall stand adjourned for three weeks at the same hour at which the first primary was held. Ballots of the same form and description as described in section 9-437, as amended by this act, shall be used in the primary on such adjourned day, and the primary shall be conducted in the same manner as on the first day, except that the votes shall be cast for such office only and may only be cast for a candidate who received such a tie number of votes in the primary on the first day. Ballots for the primary on such adjourned day shall be provided forthwith by the [registrars] registrar of voters of each municipality wherein such primary stands adjourned, and each clerk of the municipality shall furnish the Secretary of the State with an accurate list of all candidates to be voted for at such adjourned primary. The clerk of each municipality in the state or the district, whichever is applicable, wherein such primary so stands adjourned shall, at least three days prior to the day of such adjourned primary, give notice of the day, hours, place and purpose thereof by publishing such notice in a newspaper published in such municipality or having a circulation therein. No such primary shall be held if prior to such primary all but one of the candidates for such office die, withdraw their names or for any reason become disqualified to hold such office, and, in such event, the remaining candidate shall be deemed to be lawfully voted upon as the candidate for such office. No withdrawal shall be valid until the candidate who has withdrawn has filed a letter of withdrawal signed by such candidate with the Secretary of the State. When such a primary is required to be held under the provisions of this section and prior to such primary all but one of the candidates for such office die, withdraw their names or for any reason become disqualified to hold such office, the Secretary of the State shall forthwith notify the [registrars] registrar of voters of such fact, and shall forthwith direct the [registrars] registrar that such primary shall not be held. In the case of a multiple-opening office only the names of those candidates whose votes are equal shall be placed on the ballot of the adjourned primary. If such second primary results in a tie vote with two or more candidates receiving the same highest total number of votes, the Secretary of the State, in the presence of not fewer than three disinterested persons, and after notification to the candidates obtaining the same number of votes and the chairperson of the state central committee of the party holding the primary of the time when and the place where such tie vote is to be dissolved, shall dissolve such tie vote by lot. The Secretary of the State shall execute a certificate attesting to the result of the dissolution of such tie vote, and the person so certified or the slate so certified as having been chosen by lot shall be deemed to have received a plurality of the votes cast and shall be deemed to have been chosen as the nominee of such party to such office.

(b) If two or more candidates obtain the same number of votes at a primary held to nominate candidates for a municipal office, other than the municipal office of state senator or state representative, or to elect members of a town committee, or if two or more slates of candidates obtain the same number of votes at a primary held for justices of the peace, and a tie vote thereby occurs, any of such candidates, or the town chairman of the political party, may apply for a recanvass of the returns in the manner provided in section 9-445. If no such application is made, or if any such recanvass results in a tie vote, such primary shall stand adjourned for three weeks at the same hour at which the first primary was held. Ballots of the same form and description as described in section 9-437, as amended by this act, shall be used in the primary on such adjourned day, and the primary shall be conducted in the same manner as on the first day, except that the votes shall be cast for such office only. Ballots for the primary on such adjourned day shall be provided forthwith by the [registrars] registrar of voters of the municipality wherein such primary stands adjourned, and the clerk of the municipality shall furnish the Secretary of the State with an accurate list of all candidates to be voted for at such adjourned primary. The clerk of the municipality wherein such primary so stands adjourned shall, at least three days prior to the day of such adjourned primary, give notice of the day, hours, place and purpose thereof by publishing such notice in a newspaper published in such municipality or having a circulation therein. No such primary shall be held if prior to such primary all but one of the candidates for such office die, withdraw their names or for any reason become disqualified to hold such office, and, in such event, the remaining candidate shall be deemed to be lawfully voted upon as the candidate for such office. No withdrawal shall be valid until the candidate who has withdrawn has filed a letter of withdrawal signed by such candidate with the municipal clerk. When such a primary is required to be held under the provisions of this section and prior to such primary all but one of the candidates for such office die, withdraw their names or for any reason become disqualified to hold such office, the Secretary of the State shall forthwith notify the municipal clerk of such fact, and shall forthwith direct the clerk that such primary shall not be held. In the case of a multiple-opening office only the names of those candidates whose votes are equal shall be placed on the ballot of the adjourned primary. If such second primary results in a tie vote, the registrar, in the presence of not fewer than three disinterested persons, and after notification to the candidates obtaining the same number of votes and the chairperson of the town committee of the party holding the primary of the time when and the place where such tie vote is to be dissolved, shall dissolve such tie vote by lot. The registrar shall execute a certificate attesting to the result of the dissolution of such tie vote, and the person so certified or the slate so certified as having been chosen by lot shall be deemed to have received a plurality of the votes cast and shall be deemed to have been chosen as the nominee of such party to such office.

Sec. 167. Section 9-452 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage):

All minor parties nominating candidates for any elective office shall make such nominations and certify and file a list of such nominations, as required by this section, not later than the sixty-second day prior to the day of the election at which such candidates are to be voted for. A list of nominees in printed or typewritten form that includes each candidate's name as authorized by each candidate to appear on the ballot, the signature of each candidate, the full street address of each candidate and the title and district of the office for which each candidate is nominated shall be certified by the presiding officer of the committee, meeting or other authority making such nomination and shall be filed by such presiding officer with the Secretary of the State, in the case of state or district office or the municipal office of state representative, state senator or judge of probate, or with the clerk of the municipality, in the case of municipal office, not later than the sixty-second day prior to the day of the election. The [registrars] registrar of voters of such municipality shall promptly verify and correct the names on any such list filed with him, or the names of nominees forwarded to the clerk of the municipality by the Secretary of the State, in accordance with the registry list of such municipality and endorse the same as having been so verified and corrected. For purposes of this section, a list of nominations shall be deemed to be filed when it is received by the Secretary or clerk, as appropriate.

Sec. 168. Section 9-453l of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage):

Any town clerk may delegate [his] such clerk's duty to check the names of signers with names of electors on the registry list pursuant to section 9-453k to the [registrars of voters in his town, if the registrars consent, and the registrars] registrar of voters in such town, if the registrar consents, and such registrar shall complete the required certifications with respect thereto on the petition, provided the [registrars] registrar shall execute a receipt for such pages upon receipt thereof stating the number of pages and provided such checking of names by the [registrars] registrar shall take place in the office of the town clerk or in the office, if any, of the [registrars] registrar of voters. [if they have an office.] After making the required certifications, the [registrars] registrar shall deliver the petition pages to the town clerk.

Sec. 169. Section 9-453r of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage):

(a) A separate row on the ballot shall be used for a petitioning candidate whose name is contained in a petition approved pursuant to section 9-453o, bearing a party designation. A separate row shall be used for the petitioning candidates whose names are contained in petitions approved pursuant to section 9-453o, bearing the same party designation. Within such a separate row, the order of the names of such candidates for the same multiple-opening office shall be determined by the [registrars] registrar of voters by lot in a ceremony which shall be open to the public. The [registrars] registrar of voters shall provide at least five days public notice for each such ceremony.

(b) On the horizontal rows below the rows so used for candidates, if any, who are so entitled to a party designation on the ballot, shall be placed, in the appropriate office columns, the names of candidates contained in petitions approved pursuant to section 9-453o bearing no party designation. Such candidates shall not be entitled to separate rows. Precedence as to horizontal row between or among such candidates shall be determined, if necessary, by the order in which their applications for petitions were filed with the Secretary of the State from the earliest to the latest; provided that within any such horizontal row the names of as many of such candidates for the same multiple-opening office as such row will accommodate shall be placed before placing the names of other such candidates for such office on the next such row. The order of the names of such candidates for the same multiple-opening office, within and between any such horizontal rows, shall be determined by the [registrars] registrar of voters by lot in a ceremony which shall be open to the public. The [registrars] registrar of voters shall provide at least five days public notice for each such ceremony. Each row in which a candidate's name appears who is not entitled to a party designation shall be labeled "Petitioning Candidates", the print of which shall correspond to that used for party designations.

Sec. 170. Section 9-468 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage):

Except as hereinafter provided, such petitions shall be circulated, filed with the [registrars] registrar of voters, and verified by said [registrars] registrar, as nearly as may be, in accordance with the provisions of sections 9-410 and 9-412. Each page of such a petition shall be filed with the registrar of voters of [the party holding the primary in] the town of voting residence of the signers thereof, not later than four o'clock p.m. of the fifty-third day preceding the day of the primary; and such registrar shall verify the signatures on each such page and forward it to the Secretary not later than four o'clock p.m. of the forty-ninth day preceding the day of the primary. If, prior to such last day for filing such pages with the registrar, such a petition was issued under section 9-467, the office or office facilities of [each registrar of such party] the registrar in each town shall open not later than one o'clock p.m. and remain open until at least four o'clock p.m., and each such registrar or [his] the deputy assistant registrar shall be present therein.

Sec. 171. Section 9-476 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage):

Except as otherwise provided in this chapter, the provisions of chapter 145 and chapter 153 concerning absentee voting at primaries, conduct of primaries and return and tabulation of the vote at such primaries shall apply as nearly as practicable and in the manner prescribed by the Secretary of the State, to a presidential preference primary. The primary officials of each party for each polling place shall be as specified in section 9-436, as amended by this act, except that (1) the appointment of [assistant registrars of voters] any assistant registrar of voters and absentee ballot counters shall be permitted but not required, (2) the minimum number of official checkers shall be one, (3) the minimum number of voting tabulator tenders shall be one for each two voting tabulators in use, (4) if two parties are holding primaries, [and the registrars of voters of such parties so agree, such registrars of voters may jointly] the registrar of voters may appoint (A) one moderator of both primaries and (B) one enrolled member of either party to serve as head moderator of both primaries, (5) notwithstanding any reduction in the number of primary officials as permitted by this section, any duty required of primary officials by the general statutes may be performed by one or more primary officials, at the direction of the registrar of voters, [of the party of such officials,] and (6) the registrar of voters shall have the sole power to appoint such officials. In making such appointments the registrar shall attempt, to the extent practicable, to provide representation for each candidate at each polling place. The provisions of section 9-436a, as amended by this act, shall apply to each candidate whose name appears on the ballot, except that each such candidate, through such candidate's authorized or known representative, may submit to the registrar of voters the name of one designee as candidate checker for each polling place, and the registrar of voters shall appoint such designee as candidate checker for such candidate. Notwithstanding the provisions of section 9-438, the polls shall be open for voting at the primary between the hours of six o'clock a.m. and eight o'clock p.m. The moderator or head moderator of the primary in each town shall prepare duplicate head moderator returns in the manner provided by section 9-440, but notwithstanding the provisions of said section, the moderator or head moderator may electronically transmit such returns not later than eleven fifty-nine o'clock p.m. on primary day, provided a hard copy is mailed to the Secretary of the State not later than two o'clock p.m. of the day following the primary or shall hand deliver one of such returns to [either] the Secretary [or the state police] by two o'clock p.m. of the day following the primary. Any moderator or head moderator, as the case may be, who fails to deliver such returns to [either] the Secretary [or the state police] by such time shall pay a late filing fee of fifty dollars.

Sec. 172. Subsection (a) of section 51-222a of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage):

(a) Annually, upon the request of the Jury Administrator, the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles shall supply the Jury Administrator with the latest updated file of licensed motor vehicle operators for the state and with the latest updated file of holders of identity cards issued under section 1-1h. Upon the request of the Jury Administrator, the Commissioner of Revenue Services shall supply the Jury Administrator with the most recent updated list of residents of this state who have a permanent place of abode in this state and who filed a return on personal income under chapter 229 in the last tax year, and the Labor Commissioner shall supply the Jury Administrator with the most recent updated list of residents of this state who are recipients of unemployment compensation under chapter 567. In addition, upon the request of the Jury Administrator, the [registrars] registrar of voters of each town shall supply a list of all electors from [their] such registrar's town, except that in lieu of such list from the [registrars] registrar of voters, the Jury Administrator may obtain the list of all electors from a central repository, or if such list is not available, may contract for the creation and purchase of such list. The registrars of voters of the several towns shall provide lists of electors to the contractor at the request of the Jury Administrator. Annually, upon the request of the Jury Administrator, the Commissioner of Public Health shall supply the Jury Administrator with the most recent updated list of deceased persons. The lists supplied to the Jury Administrator under this subsection shall be in the format prescribed by the Jury Administrator and shall include, at a minimum, the name, address and, if available, date of birth of each person on such list or the reason for the unavailability. The lists supplied by the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles, the Commissioner of Revenue Services, the Commissioner of Public Health and the Labor Commissioner to the Jury Administrator under this subsection shall also include the Social Security number of each person on such list or the reason for the unavailability. The lists of electors supplied to the Jury Administrator by the registrars of voters of the several towns or the Secretary of the State under this subsection shall not include Social Security numbers of persons on such lists.

Sec. 173. Section 51-224 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage):

[If a] The registrar of voters of a town, after a request from the Jury Administrator pursuant to section 51-222a, as amended by this act, fails to provide the list to the Jury Administrator or to the Jury Administrator's representative, the Jury Administrator shall notify the state's attorney for the judicial district of the town from which such list has not been received and shall, at the same time, notify the registrar of voters of such town that such list has not been received. In addition, if the Jury Administrator has not received a list from [a] the registrar of voters of a town, and determines there is a need for additional jurors, the Jury Administrator shall select from the list compiled under subsection (b) of section 51-222a, the names of as many persons as are necessary to make up the number of jurors provided for that town or city, who are in his judgment qualified and eligible to serve.

Sec. 174. Sections 9-164f, 9-190, 9-190a, 9-191, 9-192 and 9-442 of the general statutes are repealed. (Effective from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage)

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

Section 1

from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage

New section

Sec. 2

from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage

New section

Sec. 3

from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage

9-1(p)

Sec. 4

from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage

9-15a(a)

Sec. 5

from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage

9-53

Sec. 6

from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage

9-185

Sec. 7

from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage

9-210

Sec. 8

from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage

9-164a

Sec. 9

from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage

9-164e

Sec. 10

from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage

9-187a

Sec. 11

from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage

9-189a

Sec. 12

from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage

9-4b

Sec. 13

from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage

9-192a

Sec. 14

from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage

9-192b

Sec. 15

from passage

9-7a(g)

Sec. 16

from passage

9-236b

Sec. 17

from passage

9-395

Sec. 18

from passage

9-412

Sec. 19

from passage

9-307

Sec. 20

from passage

9-309

Sec. 21

from passage

9-314

Sec. 22

from passage

9-322a(a)

Sec. 23

from passage

New section

Sec. 24

from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage

2-30a

Sec. 25

from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage

7-42

Sec. 26

from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage

9-5

Sec. 27

from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage

9-5a

Sec. 28

from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage

9-5b

Sec. 29

from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage

9-6

Sec. 30

from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage

9-7b(a)(1)

Sec. 31

from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage

9-7b(a)(3)

Sec. 32

from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage

9-12

Sec. 33

from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage

9-16

Sec. 34

from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage

9-17

Sec. 35

from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage

9-17a

Sec. 36

from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage

9-19b(b) to (d)

Sec. 37

from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage:

9-19c(a)

Sec. 38

from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage:

9-19e

Sec. 39

from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage

9-19g

Sec. 40

from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage

9-19h(b)

Sec. 41

from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage

9-19i

Sec. 42

from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage

9-19j(c) to (j)

Sec. 43

from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage

9-19k(d) to (f)

Sec. 44

from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage

9-20(b) and (c)

Sec. 45

from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage

9-21

Sec. 46

from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage

9-21a

Sec. 47

from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage

9-23

Sec. 48

from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage

9-23g(a) to (f)

Sec. 49

from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage

9-23h

Sec. 50

from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage

9-23n(b)

Sec. 51

from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage

9-23r(b) and (c)

Sec. 52

from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage

9-25

Sec. 53

from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage

9-28

Sec. 54

from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage

9-31a

Sec. 55

from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage

9-31b

Sec. 56

from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage

9-31d

Sec. 57

from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage

9-31l

Sec. 58

from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage

9-32

Sec. 59

from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage

9-35

Sec. 60

from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage

9-35a

Sec. 61

from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage

9-35b

Sec. 62

from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage

9-35c

Sec. 63

from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage

9-36

Sec. 64

from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage

9-37

Sec. 65

from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage

9-38

Sec. 66

from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage

9-39

Sec. 67

from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage

9-40a(b)

Sec. 68

from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage

9-42(a) to (c)

Sec. 69

from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage

9-42a(a)

Sec. 70

from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage

9-43

Sec. 71

from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage

9-46a(c)

Sec. 72

from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage

9-50a

Sec. 73

from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage

9-50b(c)

Sec. 74

from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage

9-51

Sec. 75

from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage

9-52

Sec. 76

from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage

9-54

Sec. 77

from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage

9-55

Sec. 78

from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage

9-56

Sec. 79

from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage

9-57

Sec. 80

from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage

9-58

Sec. 81

from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage

9-59

Sec. 82

from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage

9-64a

Sec. 83

from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage

9-65

Sec. 84

from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage

9-135b(a)

Sec. 85

from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage

9-140(c)

Sec. 86

from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage

9-140b(b)

Sec. 87

from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage

9-140c(b) to (k)

Sec. 88

from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage

9-140e(b)

Sec. 89

from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage

9-147a(b)

Sec. 90

from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage

9-147c

Sec. 91

from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage

9-148

Sec. 92

from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage

9-150a(a)

Sec. 93

from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage

9-150d

Sec. 94

from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage

9-153d

Sec. 95

from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage

9-158g

Sec. 96

from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage

9-158j

Sec. 97

from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage

9-159o

Sec. 98

from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage

9-159p(c) to (i)

Sec. 99

from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage

9-159q

Sec. 100

from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage

9-159r(a) and (b)

Sec. 101

from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage

9-159s(b)

Sec. 102

from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage

9-163k(c)(5)

Sec. 103

from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage

9-168

Sec. 104

from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage

9-168a

Sec. 105

from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage

9-168b

Sec. 106

from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage

9-168d(b) and (c)

Sec. 107

from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage

9-168e

Sec. 108

from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage

9-169

Sec. 109

from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage

9-172b(a)

Sec. 110

from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage

9-174a(a) and (b)

Sec. 111

from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage

9-174b

Sec. 112

from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage

9-183b

Sec. 113

from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage

9-194

Sec. 114

from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage

9-228a

Sec. 115

from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage

9-229

Sec. 116

from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage

9-230

Sec. 117

from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage

9-232(a)

Sec. 118

from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage

9-232e

Sec. 119

from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage

9-232j

Sec. 120

from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage

9-232l

Sec. 121

from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage

9-232m

Sec. 122

from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage

9-232n

Sec. 123

from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage

9-233

Sec. 124

from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage

9-234(a)

Sec. 125

from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage

9-235(a) to (e)

Sec. 126

from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage

9-235c

Sec. 127

from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage

9-236(a)

Sec. 128

from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage

9-236a

Sec. 129

from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage

9-237a

Sec. 130

from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage

9-238(a)

Sec. 131

from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage

9-240

Sec. 132

from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage

9-242b(5)

Sec. 133

from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage

9-244

Sec. 134

from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage

9-245

Sec. 135

from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage

9-246

Sec. 136

from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage

9-247

Sec. 137

from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage

9-248

Sec. 138

from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage

9-249(a)

Sec. 139

from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage

9-253

Sec. 140

from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage

9-255

Sec. 141

from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage

9-255a(a) to (c)

Sec. 142

from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage

9-256

Sec. 143

from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage

9-258(a) and (b)

Sec. 144

from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage

9-258a

Sec. 145

from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage

9-259

Sec. 146

from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage

9-261(a) to (d)

Sec. 147

from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage

9-261b

Sec. 148

from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage

9-266

Sec. 149

from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage

9-267

Sec. 150

from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage

9-268

Sec. 151

from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage

9-272

Sec. 152

from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage

9-311

Sec. 153

from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage

9-320f(a) to (e)

Sec. 154

from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage

9-322b

Sec. 155

from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage

9-362

Sec. 156

from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage

9-369c(a) to (c)

Sec. 157

from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage

9-369d(b)

Sec. 158

from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage

9-372

Sec. 159

from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage

9-375

Sec. 160

from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage

9-400

Sec. 161

from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage

9-405

Sec. 162

from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage

9-406

Sec. 163

from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage

9-436(a) to (e)

Sec. 164

from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage

9-436a

Sec. 165

from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage

9-437(e)

Sec. 166

from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage

9-446

Sec. 167

from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage

9-452

Sec. 168

from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage

9-453l

Sec. 169

from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage

9-453r

Sec. 170

from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage

9-468

Sec. 171

from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage

9-476

Sec. 172

from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage

51-222a(a)

Sec. 173

from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage

51-224

Sec. 174

from passage and applicable upon the expiration of the term of office of any registrar of voters serving on said date of passage

Repealer section

Statement of Purpose:

To (1) make reforms to the office of the registrar of voters, (2) create uniform, extended voter registration deadlines, (3) facilitate quicker reporting of election results, and (4) improve the flow of candidate information to the Secretary of the State.

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