Complaint: of Barlow
A referendum question must begin with the word "shall" and end with a question mark, pursuant to Connecticut General Statutes §9-369b. Malcolm Barlow filed a complaint with the State Elections Enforcement Commission, alleging that the language in a Nov. 6, 2012, referendum question about the Town of Manchester's Mary Cheney Library was biased, in violation of C.G.S. §9-369b. The statute requires that referendum questions begin with the word "shall" and end with question marks. The State Elections Enforcement Commission wrote that "the form of the referendum question comported with the requirements of §9-369 by beginning with `shall' and ending with a question mark." The complainant failed to establish bias, and the State Elections Enforcement Commission dismissed the complaint.