Complaint by: Wallace
Individuals who assist other individuals with absentee ballots may be required to sign the absentee ballots. Parole Officer Jack Wallace filed a complaint, alleging that unnamed individuals paid Joe Hill of Bridgeport, who was on parole, to distribute and help citizens complete absentee ballot applications for the Nov. 6, 2012 election. Connecticut General Statutes §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. Such signature shall be made under the penalties of false statement in absentee balloting. ..." The State Elections Enforcement Commission investigated the complainant's allegations and found there was no evidence that the clerk's office issued ballot applications for the Nov. 6, 2012, election to Joe Hill. There was no evidence that Hill violated C.G.S. §9-140, as alleged, and the State Elections Enforcement Commission dismissed the complaint.