seec: 2005

  {2005}  2005
 
Public Act 05-5 (October 25 Special session)  
An Act Concerning Comprehensive Campaign Finance Reform for State-Wide Constitutional and General Assembly Offices
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The act included the most comprehensive reform of the Connecticut Campaign Finance laws since the post Watergate era, and is heralded as a model for the U.S. by national experts 
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Creates the Citizens’ Election Program, disinterred and enforced by the SEEC, which provides public campaign grants to eligible candidates for Statewide and General Assembly offices beginning in 2008.  Candidates must raise a threshold of small individual contributions of no more than $100 from individuals, and abide by spending limits and other program requirements, including tight restrictions on the use of campaign funds, as established by regulations adopted by the SEEC.
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The CEP is a voluntary program funded from escheats.  More information concerning this program can be found on the SEEC website under “Public Campaign Financing” on the left navigation bar. 
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Creates a pilot program for public financing of municipal campaigns, and requires SEEC to establish criteria and application process, and report back to general assembly 
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The act also contains bans on contributions and solicitation of contributions by registered lobbyist, state contractors, prospective state contractors and immediate family members. 
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Transfers the campaign filing repository function from the Secretary of the state to the SEEC, and requires the SEEC to develop a new electronic campaign filing and reporting system in time for 2008 elections. 
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Imposes new limits on contributions by individuals, PACs and party committees to candidates 
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Imposes a one person per PAC rule—only a single PAC may be established or controlled by the same individual or entity. 
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Abolishes ad book loophole for Statewide and General Assembly campaigns, PACs and party committees which allowed corporate funds to be used to finance these committees.
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Imposes additional disclosure requirements
 
 
 
 
An Act Concerning Absentee Voting, Elections Enforcement, a Voting Technology Standards Board, Nomination Procedures, Training for Election Officials, Campaign Finance Reporting, Restoration of Voting Rights and Voter Registration
{Public Act 05-235}
 
 
 
Imposes more restrictions, and establishes greater accountability, in the absentee voting process; by requiring registration of AB application distributors and tracking of applications, and identification of those having contact with AB applicants.
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Authorizes the SEEC to impose a civil penalty of up to $2,000 per violation (1) for local petition circulation failures, (2) on election or primary officials who fail to perform their duties with respect to elections or voting methods, or (3) on illegal voters. 
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Permits the revenue services commissioner to disclose necessary tax returns or return information to the SEEC when the commission makes a written request for it to investigate suspected violations of state election laws.
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Increases the criminal penalties for registration and voting fraud
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Provides that the SEEC has authority for hearing appeals regarding decisions concerning right to vote made by registrars or the board for admission of electors. 
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Establishes a Voting Technology Standards Board to develop standards for electronic voting systems used in this state. It adds to the accessibility standards for direct recording electronic voting machines (DREs) established by PA 05-188, sets deadlines for approving machines that do not meet these standards, and gives registrars an option for the number of DREs they must audit. 
{Public Act 05-235}
 
Changes filing deadlines for certain campaign finance reports and increases penalties for missed deadlines.
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Requires the Registrars of Voters Certification Committee to establish a training program for poll workers and registrars.
An Act Concerning Voter Registration, Certain Nominating Procedures, Campaign Accountability, a Voter Guide, Push Polling and Electronic Voting Machines
{Public Act 05-188}
 
 
 
Set standards for direct recording electronic voting machines (DREs) and establishes audit procedures for elections and primaries that use them; SEEC insisted that there be a voter verified paper record of each vote cast on any DRE intended for use in CT as required by HAVA
{Public Act 05-188} Expanded the law that requires campaign ads to include certain attributions akin to BCRA enacted on the federal level.
{Public Act 05-188} Requires the Secretary of the State to prepare and publish an online voter guide; 
{Public Act 05-188} Exempts from disclosure certain voter registration information; 
{Public Act 05-188}     Requires the SEEC to conduct a study on push polling, and to submit its findings and recommendations to the General Assembly by February 2006
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