In the Matter of a Complaint: by Rossi
An individual who helps another individual request an absentee ballot may be required to include her name on the absentee ballot application, even if the applicant signs the application himself. Nancy Rossi filed a complaint, alleging that individuals helped family members sign absentee ballot applications for the March 6, 2012, Democratic primary and failed to indicate on the applications that they helped. Connecticut General Statues §9-140 provides, "Any person who assists another person in the completion of an application shall, in the space provided, sign the application and print or type his name, residence address and telephone number." One of the absentee ballot applicants denied that he received any assistance when he applied for the absentee ballot. Dianna D'Angelico admitted that she completed the top portion of the absentee ballot applications for herself, her spouse and children. D'Angelico asserted that she was unaware that C.G.S. §9-140 requires individuals to sign the ballot, when they help a family member to apply for an absentee ballot. The individuals who received D'Angelico's assistance signed their own absentee ballot applications. The State Elections Enforcement Commission requested that D'Angelico adhere to the statute in the future, and it dismissed the complaint.