In the Matter of a Complaint: by Shriner, New London
Connecticut General Statutes §9-236(a) prohibits individuals from asking electors to vote for specific candidates within 75 feet of a polling place. Debra Shriner filed a complaint, alleging that during the November 2011 election, an unidentified individual promoted a candidate within 75 feet of a polling place, in violation of C.G.S. §9-236(a). The election moderator confirmed that an unidentified individual stood close to the polls and asked individuals to vote for a specific candidate. Election officials asked the individual to move away, and the individual complied. C.G.S. §9-236(a) provides, "On the day of any primary, referendum or election, no person shall solicit on behalf of or in opposition to the candidacy of another or himself or on behalf of or in opposition to any question being submitted at the election or referendum, or loiter or peddle or offer any advertising matter, ballot or circular to another person within a radius of seventy-five feet of any outside entrance in use as an entry to any polling place." Although the evidence appeared to support Shriner's claim that the statute was violated, the State Elections Enforcement Commission did not take any action, because the identity of the individual was unknown, and the individual apparently complied with instructions to move away from the entrance of the polling place.