Substitute Senate Bill No. 908
          Substitute Senate Bill No. 908

              PUBLIC ACT NO. 95-177

AN  ACT  PROMOTING  THE  INTEGRITY OF THE ABSENTEE
BALLOT PROCESS.


    Section  1.  Section   9-140  of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed   and   the   following  is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a) Application for  an  absentee ballot shall
be made to  the clerk of the municipality in which
the applicant is  eligible  to vote or has applied
for such eligibility.  [The  municipal clerk shall
maintain a log of all absentee ballot applications
provided  under this  subsection,  indicating  the
name  and  address   of   each   person   to  whom
applications were provided and the number provided
to each such  person.  Such log shall be preserved
as a public  record as required by section 9-150b.
Whenever a municipal clerk provides an application
for an absentee  ballot  to any person, such clerk
shall, in the  spaces  provided, sign or affix his
stamp  to  the   application.]   Any   person  who
[obtains] ASSISTS ANOTHER PERSON IN THE COMPLETION
OF an application  [from a municipal clerk for the
use of another  person]  shall,  [at  the  time he
receives  the  application   and]   in  the  space
provided, sign [or  affix  his signature stamp to]
the  application  and  print  or  type  his  name,
RESIDENCE  ADDRESS  AND   TELEPHONE  NUMBER.  Such
[signatures or stamps]  SIGNATURE  shall  be  made
under the penalties of false statement in absentee
balloting.   THE   MUNICIPAL   CLERK   SHALL   NOT
INVALIDATE THE APPLICATION  SOLELY BECAUSE IT DOES
NOT CONTAIN THE  NAME OF A PERSON WHO ASSISTED THE
APPLICANT IN THE  COMPLETION  OF  THE APPLICATION.
The municipal clerk  shall  not distribute with an
absentee  ballot application  any  material  which
promotes the success or defeat of any candidate or
referendum  question.  The  application  shall  be
signed by the  applicant  under  the  penalties of
false statement in  absentee  balloting [,] on (1)
the form prescribed  and provided by the secretary
of the state  pursuant  to section 9-139a, [or on]
(2) a form  provided  by any federal department or
agency if applicable  pursuant  to section 9-153a,
or  [on]  (3)   any   of   the  special  forms  of
application  provided  for   in   section  9-150c,
9-153a, 9-153b, 9-153d,  9-153e, 9-153f or 9-158d,
if applicable. Any  such absentee ballot applicant
who is unable  to  write may cause the application
to be completed  by an authorized agent who shall,
in the spaces provided for the date and signature,
write the date  and  name  of  the absentee ballot
applicant followed by  the  word  "by" and his own
signature. IF THE  BALLOT  IS  TO BE MAILED TO THE
APPLICANT, THE APPLICANT  SHALL LIST THE BONA FIDE
PERSONAL MAILING ADDRESS  OF  THE APPLICANT IN THE
APPROPRIATE SPACE ON THE APPLICATION.
    (b)   A   municipal   clerk  may  transmit  an
application to a person under this  subsection  by
facsimile  machine.  If  a  municipal  clerk has a
facsimile  machine,  an  applicant  may  return  a
completed  application  to  the  clerk  by  such a
machine, provided the applicant  shall  also  mail
the  original  of the completed application to the
clerk, either  separately  or  with  the  absentee
ballot  that  is  issued  to the applicant. If the
clerk does not receive such  original  application
by  the  close  of  the  polls  on  the day of the
election,  primary  or  referendum,  the  absentee
ballot shall not be counted.
    [(b)  If  the  ballot  is  to be mailed to the
applicant he shall list  his  bona  fide  personal
mailing  address  in  the appropriate space on the
application.]
    (c)  The  municipal clerk shall check the name
of each  absentee  ballot  applicant  against  the
last-completed registry list and any supplementary
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  the
clerk   with   reliable  information  showing  the
absentee ballot applicant to be an elector of  the
municipality.
    (d)  An  absentee  voting set shall consist of
an absentee ballot, inner and outer envelopes  for
its  return,  instructions  for  its  use,  and if
applicable, explanatory  texts  concerning  ballot
questions,  as  provided for in sections 2-30a and
9-369b. No other material shall be  included  with
an  absentee  voting  set  issued  to an applicant
except as provided in sections 9-153e  and  9-153f
or where necessary to correct an error or omission
as provided in section 9-153c.
    (e)   Upon  receipt  of  an  application,  the
municipal clerk shall, unless a notice  is  mailed
to  the  applicant  pursuant  to subsection (c) of
this section, write the serial number of the outer
envelope included in the absentee voting set to be
issued to the applicant in the space provided  for
that  purpose  on the application form. Sets shall
be issued to applicants in  consecutive  ascending
numerical  order  of  the envelope serial numbers,
and the clerk shall keep a  list  of  the  numbers
indicating  beside  each  number  the  name of the
applicant to whom that set was  issued.  The  list
shall  be preserved as a public record as required
by section 9-150b. [, for a  period  beginning  on
the  day  absentee  voting  sets  are first issued
under subsection (f) of this section and  expiring
in accordance with said section.]
    (f)  Absentee  voting  sets  shall  be  issued
beginning  on  the  thirty-first  day  before   an
election and the twenty-first day before a primary
or, if such day is a  Saturday,  Sunday  or  legal
holiday,  beginning on the next preceding business
day.
    (g)  On  the first day of issuance of absentee
voting sets the  municipal  clerk  shall  mail  an
absentee   voting  set  to  each  applicant  whose
application was received by  the  clerk  prior  to
that  day.  When the clerk receives an application
during the time period in  which  absentee  voting
sets  are  to  be issued he shall mail an absentee
voting set to the  applicant,  within  twenty-four
hours,    unless   the   applicant   submits   his
application in person at the office of  the  clerk
and  asks  to  be  given  his  absentee voting set
immediately, in which case the clerk shall  comply
with  the  request.  Any absentee voting set to be
mailed to an applicant shall be mailed to the bona
fide   personal   mailing  address  shown  on  the
application.  Issuance  of  absentee  voting  sets
shall   also  be  subject  to  the  provisions  of
subsection (c) of this section, section 9-150c and
section  9-159q,  AS  AMENDED BY SECTION 2 OF THIS
ACT, concerning persons designated to  deliver  or
return   ballots  in  cases  involving  unforeseen
illness or disability  and  supervised  voting  at
certain health care institutions.
    (h)  No absentee ballot shall be issued on the
day of  an  election  or  primary,  or  after  the
opening  of  the polls on the day of a referendum,
except in cases involving  unforeseen  illness  or
disability  or presidential or overseas ballots as
provided in section 9-150c and sections 9-158a  to
9-158m, inclusive.
    (i)  The  municipal  clerk shall file executed
applications in alphabetical  order  according  to
the   applicants'   surnames.   [and   such]  SUCH
applications shall be preserved as a public record
as  required  by  section  9-150b. [, for a period
beginning on the  day  absentee  voting  sets  are
first  issued under subsection (f) of this section
and expiring in accordance with said section.]
    (j)   No   person   shall   pay  or  give  any
compensation to another and no person shall accept
any   compensation  solely  for  (1)  distributing
absentee  ballot  applications  obtained  from   a
municipal  clerk  or the secretary of the state or
(2) assisting any person in the  execution  of  an
absentee ballot.
    Sec. 2. Section 9-159q of the general statutes
is repealed and  the  following  is substituted in
lieu thereof:
    (a) AS USED IN THIS SECTION:
    (1) INSTITUTION MEANS  A VETERANS' HEALTH CARE
FACILITY, HOME FOR  THE AGED, HEALTH CARE FACILITY
FOR  THE HANDICAPPED,  NURSING  HOME,  REST  HOME,
MENTAL HEALTH FACILITY,  ALCOHOL OR DRUG TREATMENT
FACILITY   OR  AN   INFIRMARY   OPERATED   BY   AN
EDUCATIONAL  INSTITUTION  FOR   THE  CARE  OF  ITS
STUDENTS, FACULTY AND EMPLOYEES; AND
    (2) "DESIGNEE" MEANS  AN  ELECTOR  OF THE SAME
TOWN  AND  POLITICAL   PARTY   AS  THE  APPOINTING
REGISTRAR  OF  VOTERS  WHICH  ELECTOR  IS  NOT  AN
EMPLOYEE OF THE  INSTITUTION  AT  WHICH SUPERVISED
VOTING IS CONDUCTED.
    [(a)] (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 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 in
accordance with the  provisions  of  this section.
The registrars 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  written  opinion,  the  registrars
agree that such  request  is unnecessary, in which
case this section shall not apply. Such registrars
shall inform the  administrator and the town clerk
of the electors' town of voting residence of their
refusal.  [For  the   purposes  of  this  section,
"institution"  means  a   veterans'   health  care
facility, home for  the aged, health care facility
for  the handicapped,  nursing  home,  rest  home,
mental health facility,  alcohol or drug treatment
facility   or  an   infirmary   operated   by   an
educational  institution  for   the  care  of  its
students, faculty and employees.]
    [(b)] (c) Except  as  provided  in  subsection
[(d)] (e) of  this  section, such request shall be
made in writing  and filed with the town clerk and
registrars 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  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.
    [(c)] (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 [(b)]
(c)  of this  section.  The  clerk  shall  instead
deliver such ballot  or  ballots to the registrars
of voters or  their  designees  who will supervise
the voting of such ballots in accordance with this
section.
    [(d)] (e) Except  in  the  case  of  a written
refusal as provided  in  subsection  [(a)]  (b) of
this  section,  upon  receipt  of  a  request  for
supervision  of  absentee   balloting  during  the
period set forth  in  subsection [(b)] (c) of this
section, the registrar or registrars of voters who
received the request 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  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 [(b)]  (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
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 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.
    [(e)] (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 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 shall  furnish  the  town  clerk a
written receipt for such ballots.
    [(f)] (g) The  registrars  or their designees,
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 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,
shall  render  such   assistance   as   they  deem
necessary and appropriate  to  enable such elector
to vote his  ballot.  [If  any elector declines to
vote a ballot  or,  in  the  opinion  of  two] THE
registrars  or  their   designees   [of  different
political parties, is unable to vote] MAY REJECT A
BALLOT WHEN (1)  THE  ELECTOR  DECLINES  TO VOTE A
BALLOT, OR (2)  THE  REGISTRARS OR THEIR DESIGNEES
ARE 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    shall   mark   the
serially-numbered  outer envelope  "rejected"  and
note the reasons  for  rejection.  Nothing in this
section shall limit  the  right  of  an elector to
vote his ballot in secret.
    [(g)] (h) After all ballots have been voted or
marked "rejected" in  accordance  with  subsection
[(f)] (g) of this section, the registrars or their
designees shall jointly  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.
    [(h)]  (i) [Either  supervising  registrar  of
voters  may  designate   any   elector   of   such
registrar's town other  than  an  employee  of the
institution  as  his  designee  to  supervise  the
voting  of  absentee   ballots  pursuant  to  this
section. The] 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.
    [(i)] (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.
    [(j)]  (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,  to
supervise the absentee voting in his place.
    Sec. 3. Subsection  (c)  of  section 9-159r of
the general statutes is repealed and the following
is substituted in lieu thereof:
    (c)  The  supervision  of  absentee  balloting
under  this  section   shall  be  carried  out  in
accordance  with  the  provisions  of  subsections
[(f),] (g), (h),  (i)  and  [(j)]  (k)  of section
9-159q.
    Sec.  4. Section 9-359 of the general statutes
is repealed and the following  is  substituted  in
lieu thereof:
    Any   (1)  person  who  executes  an  absentee
ballot for the  purpose  of  informing  any  other
person  how  he  votes,  or  procures any absentee
ballot to be prepared for such purpose, [and  any]
(2)  municipal  clerk  or moderator, [any] elector
appointed to count  any  absentee  ballot  [,]  or
[any]  other  person  [,] who wilfully attempts to
ascertain how  any  elector  marked  his  absentee
ballot  or  how  it was cast, [and any] (3) person
who unlawfully  opens  or  fills  out,  except  as
provided  in  section  9-140a  with  respect  to a
person unable to  write,  any  elector's  absentee
ballot  signed  in  blank,  (4)  PERSON DESIGNATED
UNDER SECTION  9-140a  WHO  EXECUTES  AN  ABSENTEE
BALLOT  CONTRARY TO THE ELECTOR'S WISHES, or [any]
(5) person who wilfully violates any provision  of
chapter 145, shall be guilty of a class D felony.
    Sec.  5. Section 9-436 of the general statutes
is repealed and the following  is  substituted  in
lieu thereof:
    (a)  Voting  machines  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 machine 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  [provided,] (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 machine
to be used in the municipality, the vote  in  such
municipality  at  such  primary for such office or
position shall be taken by paper [ballot] BALLOTS.
More  than  one  voting machine may be used in any
voting district if the  registrar  so  prescribes.
The  registrar  shall  furnish  a number of voting
machines sufficient to provide  a  voting  machine
for  each  twelve  hundred  or  fraction of twelve
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
machine   shall  be  used  for  such  unaffiliated
electors  and  the  registrar   shall   separately
furnish one voting machine for each twelve hundred
or  fraction  of  twelve  hundred  enrolled  party
members  and  one  voting  machine for each twelve
hundred or fraction of twelve 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 enrolment 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  SECTION  2 OF THIS ACT. The registrar
may provide more than the minimum number of voting
machines required by this section.
    (b)  The  registrar  shall  appoint a suitable
mechanic or mechanics to prepare, adjust and place
the  voting  machines for use at the primary under
the direction of the registrar. A  voting  machine
mechanic  shall  be  deemed a primary official but
need not be an elector of any town.
    (c)  Each  machine  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  delegates to conventions
shall be by slate, as provided in section 9-443.
    (d)  The  registrar  shall  appoint from among
the enrolled party members in the municipality  or
political  subdivision holding the primary, as the
case may be, to serve in each polling  place,  the
primary polling place officials, who shall consist
of one moderator, two checkers, not more than  two
challengers if he deems it necessary, and at least
one and not more than two voting  machine  tenders
for  each  machine  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   a   political
subdivision  holding  a  primary,  if  no enrolled
party  member  who  resides   in   the   political
subdivision  and  who  is  a  certified  moderator
consents to serve as a  moderator,  the  registrar
may  appoint any enrolled party member who resides
in the municipality and is a  certified  moderator
to  be  moderator,  (2)  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 municipality and is a certified
moderator  to  be  moderator, (3) in the case of a
political subdivision holding  a  primary,  if  an
insufficient  number of enrolled party members who
reside in the  political  subdivision  consent  to
serve  as  checkers,  challengers,  voting machine
tenders or assistant registrars, the registrar may
appoint  any  enrolled party member who resides in
the municipality  to  be  a  checker,  challenger,
voting  machine  tender or assistant registrar and
(4) in the case of  either  a  municipality  or  a
political  subdivision  holding  a  primary,  if a
sufficient number of enrolled party members cannot
be  found or do not consent to serve in a position
described in subdivision (3) OF  THIS  SUBSECTION,
the  registrar may appoint any elector who resides
in the  municipality  to  any  such  position.  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 machines. 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.
    (e)  The  registrar shall designate one of the
moderators  so  appointed  by  him  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 his duties. A deputy head moderator
shall  also  be  deemed  to be a primary official.
Each registrar's appointments of  primary  polling
place   officials  AND  OF  DESIGNEES  TO  CONDUCT
SUPERVISED VOTING OF ABSENTEE BALLOTS PURSUANT  TO
SECTIONS   9-150q  AND  9-150r  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,    except   voting   machine
mechanics, 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
ten  days before the primary, except that names of
designees and alternate designees for the position
of  moderator shall be so submitted 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. 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, unless  there  is  an  insufficient
number of such persons who are enrolled members of
the  registrar's  party  in  the  municipality  or
political  subdivision  holding  the  primary,  in
which  case  the  registrar  may  appoint  a   new
moderator  in  accordance  with section 9-229, but
only to the extent  of  such  insufficiency.  [The
provisions  of section 9-258 concerning additional
lines of electors  at  a  polling  place,  and  of
section  9-258a concerning two shifts of officials
at a polling place, shall  apply  to  a  primary.]
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. [Except as otherwise provided in this
chapter, the provisions of  the  general  statutes
relating  to the use of voting machines at regular
elections shall apply as nearly as may be  to  the
use of voting machines at primaries.]
    (f) If paper ballots are required for the vote
on any office  or  position in a municipality, the
clerk of the  municipality  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
machines 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.
    (g)    THE   PROVISIONS   OF   SECTION   9-258
CONCERNING  ADDITIONAL  LINES  OF  ELECTORS  AT  A
POLLING  PLACE,  AND  OF SECTION 9-258a CONCERNING
TWO SHIFTS OF OFFICIALS AT A POLLING PLACE,  SHALL
APPLY  TO  A PRIMARY. EXCEPT AS OTHERWISE PROVIDED
IN THIS CHAPTER, THE  PROVISIONS  OF  THE  GENERAL
STATUTES RELATING TO THE USE OF VOTING MACHINES AT
REGULAR ELECTIONS SHALL APPLY AS NEARLY AS MAY  BE
TO  THE  USE  OF  VOTING  MACHINES  AT  PRIMARIES.
Chapter 54 shall not apply  to  rules  made  under
this section.
    Sec. 6. Subsection  (h)  of  section 9-150b of
the general statutes is repealed and the following
is substituted in lieu thereof:
    (h) For sixty days after the election, primary
or referendum the  following shall be preserved by
the municipal clerk  as  a  public  record open to
public  inspection:  (1)   All  executed  absentee
ballot   application  forms   and   direction   by
registrar forms, as required by subdivision (i) of
section 9-140; [(2) the log of applications issued
as required by  subsection  (a)  of section 9-140;
(3)] (2) the  list  and  index  of  applicants for
presidential or overseas  ballots  as  required by
section 9-158h; [(4)]  (3)  the  numerical list of
absentee  voting  sets   issued   as  required  by
subsection (e) of  section  9-140;  [(5)]  (4) the
list  of  the  names  of  persons  whose  absentee
ballots are received  by the clerk, as required by
subsection (a) of  section  9-140c;  [(6)] (5) all
unused  absentee  ballots;   and   [(7)]  (6)  all
envelopes containing ballots received by the clerk
after the close  of  the polls, which shall remain
unopened.
    Sec.  7. This act shall take effect January 1,
1996.