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Senate Bill No. 495

PUBLIC ACT NO. 96-134

AN ACT CONCERNING VOTER REGISTRATION.

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

Section 1. Section 9-17 of the general statutes, as amended by section 3 of public act 95-171, is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(a) For the purposes of this section, "primary day" means the day scheduled for a primary for state, district and municipal offices in accordance with section 9-423, regardless of whether the municipality will hold a primary and "election day" means the day of each regular election. (1) The registrars 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:

Day Hours

Fourteenth day before primary day.... any two hours between 5:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. [Saturday of fourth week before election day.... 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Wednesday falling between fourth and third Saturdays before election day.... any two hours between 5:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.] Saturday of third week before election day.... 9:00 a.m. to [5:00] 3:00 p.m. Fourteenth day before election day.... 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

The session of the registrars of voters on the fourteenth 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 [, the Saturday of the fourth week before election day or the Wednesday falling between the fourth and third Saturdays before election day.]

(b) Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection (a), the registrars of voters shall hold a limited session on the last week day before each regular election from nine o'clock a.m. to twelve o'clock noon 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 shall enter the names of those electors admitted at such limited session on the proper list, with their residences by street and numbers, if any, before one o'clock p.m. of such last week day before the election.

(c) In addition to the sessions held pursuant to subsections (a) and (b) of this section, the registrars of voters in each town shall hold one session each year, between [May twelfth] 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, AS AMENDED 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 of voters for each town which is a member of the regional school district. THE REGISTRARS OF VOTERS NEED NOT GIVE NOTICE OF THIS SESSION BY PUBLICATION IN A NEWSPAPER. Sec. 2. Section 9-37 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

Each registrar shall keep a copy of the preliminary registry list for his use in revision. Such registrars shall give notice in such list of the times and places at which they will hold one or more sessions during the period between the Saturday of the fifth week before the regular election and the Saturday of the fourth week before the regular election, for the revision and correction of such list which, when completed, shall be termed the "final registry list" for such election. In each municipality having a population of more than five thousand, they shall also give notice of such times and places by publication in a newspaper circulating in such municipality and by posting the same on the signpost therein, if any, and at the office of the town clerk at least five days before the first of such sessions. The number of sessions shall be fixed by the registrars of each municipality. The registrars shall also hold sessions, of which no public notice need be given, for the purpose of correcting such preliminary list, and for the purpose of adding to such list the names of persons entitled to be registered thereon, on each day they are in session for the admission of electors pursuant to section 9-17, AS AMENDED BY SECTION 1 OF THIS ACT and they may also hold sessions for revision and correction of the registry list on any other day, except during the period of six days preceding any regular election. On the [third Saturday and] fourteenth day before a primary, the registrars shall hold AN additional [sessions] SESSION to hear such requests for adding names to the registry list, in accordance with the procedure provided in this section, and the registrars shall publish notice of such sessions in a newspaper having general circulation in such municipality at least five days before such sessions. NOTHING IN THIS SECTION SHALL REQUIRE THAT SUCH PUBLICATION BE IN THE FORM OF A LEGAL ADVERTISEMENT.

Sec. 3. Section 9-51 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

The registrars shall make changes and corrections in the list of enrolled electors at any time. On the [seventeenth and] fourteenth [days] DAY before each primary, the registrars of voters in each town shall hold A mandatory enrollment [sessions] SESSION for the purpose of making an enrollment of the electors who are entitled to vote in primaries. All enrollment sessions of the registrars 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, provided each such session shall be held for not less than [three] 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. 4. Section 9-53 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

The registrars 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 [ten] FIFTEEN nor less than five days before such session. Nothing herein shall require that such publication be in the form of a legal advertisement. In each municipality divided into voting districts which elects registrars of voters for each voting district, any session for enrollment in such municipality shall be held in each such district thereof by the registrars of such district, and the notice hereinbefore required shall specify the place in each such district in which such session is to be held. In each municipality divided into voting districts which elects registrars of voters for the entire municipality, any session for enrollment in such municipality may, if the registrars so decide, be held in each such district by assistant registrars appointed under section 9-192, provided the registrars in the notice hereinbefore required 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, within forty-eight hours after the close of each of such sessions, each of such assistant registrars shall deliver to the registrar of whom he is the appointee a true and attested list or lists, as made by such assistant registrars 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. 5. Section 9-53 of the general statutes, as amended by section 4 of public act 95-171, is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

The registrars 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 [ten] FIFTEEN nor less than five days before such session. Nothing herein shall require that such publication be in the form of a legal advertisement. In each municipality divided into two voting districts which elects registrars of voters for each voting district, any session for enrollment in such municipality shall be held in each such district thereof by the registrars of such district, and the notice hereinbefore required shall specify the place in each such district in which such session is to be held. In each municipality divided into voting districts which elects registrars of voters for the entire municipality, any session for enrollment in such municipality may, if the registrars so decide, be held in each such district by assistant registrars appointed under section 9-192, provided the registrars in the notice hereinbefore required 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, within forty-eight hours after the close of each of such sessions, each of such assistant registrars shall deliver to the registrar of whom he is the appointee a true and attested list or lists, as made by such assistant registrars 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. Subsection (f) of section 7-191 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(f) The proposed charter, charter amendments or home rule ordinance amendments shall be prepared for the ballot by the appointing authority and may be submitted in the form of one or several questions; and, if approved by a majority of the electors of the municipality voting thereon at a regular election or if approved by a majority which number equals at least fifteen per cent of the electors of the municipality as determined by the last-completed ACTIVE registry list of such municipality at a special election, such proposed charter, charter amendments or home rule ordinance amendments shall become effective thirty days after such approval unless an effective date or dates are specified therein, in which event the date or dates specified shall prevail.

Sec. 7. Section 9-21 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(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 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 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 OF THE TOWN WHERE SUCH INDIVIDUAL MAY BE AN ELECTOR IN THIS STATE. IF THE REGISTRARS DETERMINE THAT THE INDIVIDUAL IDENTIFIED IN THE NOTICE IS AN ELECTOR IN THIS STATE, THE REGISTRARS SHALL REMOVE THE NAME OF SUCH ELECTOR FROM THE REGISTRY LIST.

Sec. 8. Section 9-35c of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

Notwithstanding the provisions of sections 9-238, 9-406 and 9-436 and other provisions of the general statutes, the names of electors on the inactive registry list compiled under section 9-35 shall not be counted for purposes of computing the number of voting machines required and the number of petition signatures required. Each elector on such inactive registry list who, in the determination of the registrars, 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 voting machines required and 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 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. 9. This act shall take effect from its passage, except that section 7 shall take effect January 1, 1997, and section 5 shall take effect January 8, 1997.

Approved May 29, 1996. Effective as provided in section 9.

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