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Substitute House Bill No. 5694

PUBLIC ACT NO. 96-207

AN ACT CONCERNING FORFEITURE AND RESTORATION OF VOTING RIGHTS.

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

Section 1. Section 9-45 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(a) The [clerk of each court of this state having criminal jurisdiction] JUDICIAL DEPARTMENT shall, on or before the fifteenth day of each month, [make] TRANSMIT TO THE SECRETARY OF THE STATE a list of all persons who, during the preceding calendar month, have been convicted in [such] THE SUPERIOR court of any crime for which the privileges of an elector are forfeited [4m. [0m [, and shall furnish to the registrars of voters of the towns in which such convicted persons resided at the time of their conviction, a list of their] SUCH LISTS SHALL INCLUDE THE names, birth dates and addresses OF SUCH PERSONS, with the [date] DATES of their conviction and the crimes of which such persons have been convicted [, and the] THE SECRETARY OF THE STATE SHALL TRANSMIT SUCH LISTS TO THE REGISTRARS OF THE TOWNS IN WHICH SUCH CONVICTED PERSONS RESIDED AT THE TIME OF THEIR CONVICTION AND TO THE REGISTRARS OF ANY TOWNS WHERE THE SECRETARY BELIEVES SUCH PERSONS MAY BE ELECTORS. THE registrars of such towns shall compare the same with the list of electors upon their registry lists and, after written notice mailed by certified mail to each of the persons named at his last-known place of address, shall erase such names from the registry lists in their respective towns or voting districts. (b) Any person who procures himself or another to be registered after having been disfranchised by reason of conviction of crime, and any person who votes at any election after having forfeited his privileges by reason of conviction of crime, shall be fined not more than five hundred dollars and imprisoned not more than one year.

Sec. 2. Section 9-46 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(a) A person shall forfeit his right to become an elector and his privileges as an elector upon conviction of a felony [, except that a person convicted of the crime of nonsupport shall not forfeit such right or privileges.]

(b) No person who has forfeited and not regained his privileges as an elector, as provided in section 9-46a, AS AMENDED BY SECTION 3 OF THIS ACT may be a candidate for or hold public office.

Sec. 3. Section 9-46a of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(a) A person who has been convicted of a felony shall have his electoral privileges restored upon submission of written or other satisfactory proof to the admitting official before whom he presents his qualifications to be admitted as an elector, that all fines in conjunction with the conviction have been paid and that he has been discharged from confinement, parole or probation, as the case may be.

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

(c) THE JUDICIAL DEPARTMENT, THE COMMISSIONER OF CORRECTION AND THE PAROLE BOARD SHALL ESTABLISH PROCEDURES TO INFORM THOSE PERSONS WHO HAVE BEEN CONVICTED OF A FELONY, HAVE BEEN UNDER THE JURISDICTION OF SAID DEPARTMENT, COMMISSIONER OR BOARD, AND ARE ELIGIBLE TO HAVE THEIR ELECTORAL PRIVILEGES RESTORED, PURSUANT TO SUBSECTION (a) OF THIS SECTION, OF THE RIGHT AND PROCEDURES TO HAVE SUCH PRIVILEGES RESTORED.

Sec. 4. This act shall take effect January 1, 1997.

Approved June 4, 1996. Effective January 1, 1997.

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