seec: 2003

  {bg}  2003
An Act Concerning a Demonstration Project for the Use of Electronic Equipment for the Casting and Counting of Ballots and Prohibiting the Use of Punch-Card Voting Machines
• The act required the Secretary of the State to conduct a demonstration project on the use of electronic voting equipment in 2003 and 2004 in at least 3 towns, and required the SEEC to survey the volunteers and towns on the use of such equipment and shall review the results of any exit poll conducted by the Secretary of the State. Not later than January first in the year following the use of such equipment by a town, the SEEC was required to submit a report to the Secretary of the State on the use of such equipment, and that report was ultimately submitted to the General Assembly.
An Act Concerning the State-Wide Centralized Voter Registration System

• Required Registrars of Voters in each municipality to participate in the compilation of a Statewide computerized voter registry list that would reduce possible fraudulent registration and voting
An Act Concerning Campaign Finance Reporting Requirements

• The act requires each solicitor to deposit all contributions with the campaign treasurer, within seven days after receipt.
• The act changes the quarterly campaign finance disclosure statement schedule of filing dates from the second Thursday of January, April, July and October  to the seventh day of those months.
• The act requires all candidates to file a candidate committee or an exemption from forming a candidate committee not later than ten days after becoming a candidate.
• The act removes the requirement to disclose the chief executive officer of a business entity purchasing advertising space in a program booklet for a fundraising affair.  The act also requires the disclosure of the date, location and description of a fundraising affair where an exemption from the definition of a contribution is utilized.
An Act Establishing a Pilot Program for Reforming the Absentee Ballot Process to Prevent Fraud and Abuse
 After years of experience investigating and discovering absentee voting abuses, the General Assembly gave its authorization to the SEEC to conduct a pilot program in 3 municipalities  (for the 2003 municipal elections) designed to impose greater accountability in the absentee voting process, and deter fraudulent and abusive practices.  The details of the program were spelled out in the legislation.  The SEEC was required to submit  report containing its recommendations to the General Assembly in January 2004.
An Act Concerning Direct Primaries and Amendments to Certain Campaign Finance Statutes

• The act made several revisions to the primary process for petitioning candidates for state and district offices, including changing the amount of necessary signatures a petitioning candidate needs to obtain to qualify for the ballot along with changing the date of the primary.  This followed the Federal Court’s conclusion that CT’s primary process was unconstitutional.
• Allows a candidate committee or a political committee, to pay for expenditures using a debit card.
• Permits candidate committees for either Governor or Lieutenant Governor to make expenditures on behalf of the other after the candidates have been nominated to run together, without running afoul of any contribution restrictions.
• Allows a committee formed for a single referendum to continue and spend money beyond the 90-day deadline a committee has in which to distribute its surplus. If another, substantially similar referendum will be voted on in the next six months, the referendum committee can continue to operate.
• Prohibits a municipal employee from soliciting from a person under his supervision or that person's spouse or dependent child a campaign contribution for the benefit of (1) any candidate for state, district, or municipal office or (2) a political party. Current law prohibits a head or deputy head of a state department from soliciting campaign contributions from any other person.
• Expands the ban on state and municipal officials and employees allowing public funds to be spent on promotional campaigns or advertisements featuring a candidate for public office to cover ads that appear in movie theaters, on billboards, or bus posters. The current ban applies to an advertisement or promotion that features a candidate's name, face, or voice appearing on television, radio, newspapers, and magazines, within 5 months of an election.
• Authorizes the SEEC to impose an additional sanction when it finds an intentional violation of campaign finance laws. The SEEC can suspend the political activities of a party committee or PAC, but only after it has previously ordered the removal of the committee's treasurer and notified the committee's officers that it is considering the suspension.
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