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CT Passes Law to Strengthen Voting Process

By Fran Wilson, Staff Writer

HARTFORD — Connecticut voters can now have more confidence in the voting process.

That’s because a new law will help enhance the voting process, state officials said on Wednesday after the General Assembly passed a Senate Bill: “An Act Strengthening Connecticut Elections.”

Secretary of the State Denise Merrill joined the Registrars of Voters Association of Connecticut  in praising Governor Dannel P. Malloy’s signing the bill into law.

Officials said the law will establish qualification standards and certification for all Registrars of Voters. It will also establish qualification standards and certification for Registrars, require training and remove Registrars from office if they are found to be “in extreme cases of negligence or dereliction of duty,” according to a press release.

Officials said the bill also improves the speed of collecting election results and permits local election officials to use the online voter registration system to enroll new voters through Election Day Registration.  It also authorizes an automated system to reduce the expense and time spent on post-election audits.  

“This is a very good day for Connecticut voters, because now our elections can be managed even better at the local level,” said  Merrill, Connecticut’s chief elections official.  “I thank Governor Malloy for having the vision to enact this new law that will greatly improve elections for Connecticut voters. 

Melissa Russell, president of ROVAC, said, “Registrars of Voters across the state welcome this legislation as a leap forward in giving elections administrators the tools and technology needed to improve and enhance Connecticut’s elections. ROVAC has long worked for technological improvements in reporting results and conducting post-election audits, and further educational and training opportunities are a core principal of our organization.”

In addition to introducing new accountability measures, the new law also quickens election results reporting by separating results from other statistics that often take longer to gather and report. 

The law also “unifies voter registration deadlines” to one week prior to Election Day, and it permits local election officials to use the online voter registration system to enroll residents who are participating in Election Day Registration.

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