An absentee ballot may be used at a primary, election or referendum if the ballot is mailed by the ballot applicant or the applicant's designee. The complainant alleged that Justino Plaza and Carmen Rodriguez handled absentee ballots without authorization in connection with the Aug. 14, 2012, Democratic Primary for the 75th Assembly District in the City of Waterbury. Connecticut General Statutes §9-140b, provides, "An absentee ballot shall be cast at a primary, election or referendum only if 1.) It is mailed by A.) the ballot applicant [or] B.) a designee of a person who applies for an absentee ballot because of illness or physical disability. . . ." The State Elections Enforcement Commission investigated. Plaza and Rodriguez denied that they possessed absentee ballots from the individuals identified, and the individuals involved denied that they provided Plaza their absentee ballots. The complainant also did not prove that Rodriguez took unauthorized possession of an absentee ballot. The State Elections Enforcement Commission dismissed the complaint.

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