In the Matter of a Complaint: by Munn
If the registrars of voters are unable to agree about the location of a polling place and are unwilling to flip a coin, a legislative body can vote to decide the location. As a result of redistricting that took place after the 2010 decennial census, the boundaries of District 78B in the City of Bristol changed. A new polling place had to be selected prior to the Aug. 14, 2012, primary. Registrars of Voters Sharon Krawiccki and Mary Rydingsward narrowed the selection to the Bristol Polish American Citizens Club and the Swedish Social Club. They flipped a coin, then informed the city clerk that the polls for District 78B would be located at the Bristol Polish American Citizens Club. Krawiccki alleged that she consented to the Bristol Polish American Citizens Club only for the Aug. 14, 2012, primary. The State Elections Enforcement Commission found that the Republican and Democratic registrars of voters failed to agree about the location of the polls for the Nov. 6, 2012, election. Krawiccki, the Republican registrar, decided to submit the issue to the legislative body, pursuant to Connecticut General Statues §9-169. The statute provides, "The registrars of voters of any municipality . . . shall provide a suitable polling place in each district but, if the registrars fail to agree as to the location of any polling place or places, the legislative body shall determine the location." The complainant failed to establish Krawiccki violated the statute when she submitted the question about the location of the polls for the general election to the legislative body. "Krawiccki," wrote the State Elections Enforcement Commission, "followed General Statutes §9-169 based on the Bristol Registrars of [Voters'] failure to agree on a choice of location for a polling place for the District 78B in the City of Bristol for the November 6, 2012 election." The State Elections Enforcement Commission dismissed the complaint.