Complaint by: Burrell
A "bona fide residence" is that place where an individual maintains a true, fixed, and principal home to which the citizen, whenever transiently relocated, has a genuine intent to return. In July 2011, the respondent, Jonna Albert, relocated to the Town of Enfield after a fire damaged her residence in Suffield. The Suffield registrars of voters sent an address confirmation request to Albert and placed Albert on an inactive voters' list, because she did not respond. On Nov. 6, 2012, Albert went to vote in Suffield and discovered that she was not on the active voters' list. Albert applied to vote under penalty of false statement and claimed that she resided in Suffield. The registrars of voters in the Town of Suffield filed a complaint with the State Elections Enforcement Commission and alleged that Albert was not a bona fide resident of Suffield in November 2012 when Albert voted. The State Elections Enforcement Commission concluded that Albert did not intend to return to Suffield in November 2012, because she could not afford the increased rent, and Albert legally resided in Enfield at the time that she cast her vote. Connecticut General Statues §9-12 provides, "Each citizen of the United States who has attained the age of eighteen years, and who is a bona fide resident of the town to which the citizen applies for admission as an elector shall, on approval by the registrars of voters or town clerk of the town of residence of such citizen, as prescribed by law, be an elector." "Respondent," wrote the State Elections Enforcement Commission, "violated General Statutes §§9-12, 9-42 and 9-172 by registering to vote and voting in a town in which Respondent was not a bona fide resident or elector using a former address that no longer served as her genuine domicile." The State Elections Enforcement Commission concluded that Albert lacked knowledge about voter registration requirements. Absent intent to commit a crime or to vote twice, the State Elections Enforcement Commission ordered the respondent to comply with C.G.S. §§9-12, 9-42 and 9-172 in the future.