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The complete research by Election Law @ Moritz for Connecticut can be found below.

Institutional Arrangements

State Chief Election Authorities

Elected individual (D)

Chief election authority: Secretary of State. Stat. § 9-3.

Method of selection: Elected. Stat. § 9-181.

Current officer: Susan Bysiewicz (D). Malloy’s politics blog sparks talk of a run for governor, Advocate (Stamford), October 28, 2007. (Last updated 1/1/08)

State High Court Composition

Unknown affiliation/appointed

Method of selection: Nomination by governor and appointment by state legislature. Const. Art. V., Sec. 2.

Justices: Chase T. Rogers (nominated by Rell, R), Barry Schaller (R), Flemming L. Norcott, Jr (nominated by Weicker (R), but “independent”), Joette Katz (nominated by R), Richard N. Palmer (nominated by Weicker (R)), Christine S. Vertefeuille (D), Peter T. Zarella (R), William J. Sullivan (D) (Last updated 12/20/07)


  • Zarella says high court isn’t dysfunctional, AP Alert – Connecticut, March 2, 2007, Susan Haigh.
  • Governor nominates appeals court judge to Supreme Court, AP Alert – Connecticut, August 10, 2007.
  • State Supreme Court Justice Picked for Federal Judgeship, Hartford Courant, April 2, 1992.
  • Undue Influence by Judiciary Chairmen, Hartford Courant, April 30, 2006.
  • Majority of state’s judges are Rowland appointees, Hartford Courant, March 19, 2004.
  • Rowland Names Chief Justice, Hartford Courant, December 20, 2000.
  • State’s Supreme Court Gains a Justice, Hartford Courant, January 4, 2000.
  • Weicker to Announce High Court Choice, Hartford Courant, June 18, 1992.  

Voter Registration

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Provisional Ballots

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Early and Absentee Voting

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Voting Technology

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Polling Place Operations

Polling hours extension

No information

No information was found regarding whether the courts or administrators are permitted to extend polling hours.

Voting occurs from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. CGSA 9-174.

Voters standing in line at the close of polls may cast a ballot. CGSA 9-174.

Polling place closing times - local times

8:00 PM local time

Polling place closing times - by Eastern time zone

8:00 PM Eastern time

Ballot Security

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Emergency Preparedness

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Post-Election Processes

What Court Would Hear a Presidential Contest?


Election contests are initiated by bringing the complaint to any judge of the Supreme Court. See Conn. Gen. Stat. § 9-323. This judge, along with two other Supreme Court judges appointed by the Chief Court Administrator, will decide the case. The Chief Court Administrator is appointed by and serves at the pleasure of the Supreme Court’s Chief Justice. C.G.S.A. § 51-1b. The governor nominates Supreme Court candidates from lists submitted by the state judicial selection commission. See Conn. Const. Art. V., Sec. 2 This candidate is then appointed by the general assembly. See Id. See also Conn. Gen. Stat. §§ 2-40 and 2-42.  

Who Performs Presidential recounts?


Recounts are performed by a team of recanvass officials consisting of five types of people. Each team contains one or more "mechanics." 9-311(a). The mechanics are appointed by the registrars of voters. § 9-243. Each team contains at least two "checkers" of different political parties. 9-311(a). The checkers are appointed by the registrars of voters. § 9-234. Each team contains at least two absentee ballot "counters" of different political parties. 9-311(a). Absentee ballot counters are appointed by the registrars of voters. § 9-147(c). The registrars of voters consist of two or more officials elected to be registrars of voters, at least one from each major political party. 9-190. If a minor party succeeds in being one of the top two vote-getters in such an election, the next runner-up from the unsuccessful major political party becomes a registrar of voters automatically. Id. Clerks are elected. 9-189. The administrative code provides no further details. See CT ADC s 9-23g-1 to 9-333i-1.