Complaint by: Sefcik
Elections officials are allowed to establish separate check-in lines, to reduce the time that voters wait to vote, pursuant to Connecticut General Statutes §9-258(a). The complainant, George Sefcik, voted early on Nov. 6, 2012. Later that day, Sefcik returned to the polls with another voter. Allegedly, his name did not appear to be crossed off, to indicate that he had voted. Sefcik filed a complaint with the State Elections Enforcement Commission. The registrars of voters indicated that because voters were waiting 30 to 45 minutes to vote, they decided to establish another line for individuals to check in and sent additional books of voters' names to the voting districts. The new books with voters' names did not indicate which individuals already voted. If any voter attempted to vote more than once at the same polling place, procedures existed to disclose this. Connecticut General Statutes §9-258(a) permits elections officials to establish separate check-in lines. The statute provides, "If, in the opinion of the registrar of voters, the public convenience of the electors in any voting district so requires, provision shall be made for an additional line or lines of electors at the polling place. . . ." Although there was no evidence that anyone voted twice, and the State Elections Enforcement Commission dismissed the complaint, because the registrars of voters complied with C.G.S. §9-258(a), the commission observed that elections officials who decide to establish separate check-in lines possess the option to make and to distribute copies of the lists of individuals who already voted.