Compromise Connecticut election reform bill clears Senate

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HARTFORD — The Connecticut Senate has passed a wide-ranging bill that attempts to professionalize the state’s election system following a string of problems at the polls.

The bill approved unanimously Thursday marks a compromise reached between state lawmakers, the Secretary of State’s Office, town clerks and the locally-elected registrars of voters, who run the state’s elections. The bill awaits House action.

Under the proposal, the Secretary of the State Denise Merrill would create a new training and certification program for the 339 registrars.

If the Secretary believes a local registrar has engaged in misconduct or is incompetent, there is a process in the bill to remove the registrar from office.

Melissa Russell, president of the registrars’ association, says the bill provides much-needed technology and the ability to provide results faster.