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Registrars of Voters Begin School On Monday

By Christine Stuart Sep 9, 2015

The first-ever professional certification program for Registrars of Voters, who are in charge of Connecticut’s elections, begins on Monday.

Classes will be taught through the University of Connecticut School of Business and the state’s 339 registrars will have to be certified within the next two years.

The certification process and training for registrars was part of legislation signed into law earlier this year to strengthen Connecticut’s elections.

Secretary of the State Denise Merrill said there have been discussions about developing a curriculum for registrars for years, but confusion and delays at her polling place in Hartford in 2014 may have created some additional momentum.

“Every voter should have the same experience, in every town,” Merrill said.

Merrill and other Hartford voters were not able to vote immediately when they got to the Hartford Seminary because the voter check-off lists had not been delivered. There were similar delays at about 10 of Hartford’s 26 polling places.

The legislation, which creates the certification program, also allows, going forward, for the option to remove registrars in extreme cases of negligence or dereliction of duty.

But problems with how elections are being administered and how laws are being followed is more than a Hartford issue.

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