Connecticut

Status of Audit Legislation: 
Signed into law 2007
Notes: 

This information was updated in September 2013.

 

State Summary

 

Connecticut's audit was signed into law in 2007.  Both the number and type of office audited varies by election.

Sampling Method: 

Not less than 10% of voting districts randomly selected publicly by the Secretary of State. In the case of a municipal election, three or 20% of races randomly selected (not public) by municipal clerks (except if Governor on ballot, the Secretary of State selects races)

Trigger: 

Discrepancies shall be investigated by the Secretary of State at his/her discretion

Oversight: 
Secretary of State
Who Conducts the Audit?: 
Local Registrars of Voters
Location of Random Selection: 
Secretary of State's office when the Governor is on the ballot. Otherwise local races are chosen by municipalities.
Types of Voting Machines in Use: 
Diebold accuvote and OS Optical Scan For more detailed information, see Verified Voting's website: http://www.verifiedvoting.org/verifier/map.php?&topic_string=5std&year=2008&state=Connecticut
Races that are Audited: 
The statute states: "In the case of an election where the office of presidential elector is on the ballot, all offices required to be audited by federal law, plus one additional office selected in a random drawing by the Secretary of the State, but in no case less than three offices, (2) in the case of an election where the office of Governor is on the ballot, all offices required to be audited by federal law, plus one additional office selected in a random drawing by the Secretary of the State, but in no case less than three offices, (3) in the case of a municipal election, three offices or twenty per cent of the number of offices on the ballot, whichever is greater, selected at random by the municipal clerk, and (4) in the case of a primary election, all offices required to be audited by federal law, plus one additional office, if any, but in no event less than twenty per cent of the offices on the ballot, selected in a random drawing by the municipal clerk."
Voting Units that are Audited: 
Districts
Timeline for Audit: 

No earlier than 15 days after the election, end time varies.

Completed Before Certification?: 

Yes. Except the law also specifies a date before which the audits must not start. In the Nov 06 election the certification was before the date the audits could start. Also some towns actually swear in their candidates before even the a recount must be complete.

Absentees, Provisionals and Early Voting: 
Currently CT does not include ballots that are counted centrally.
Is the Audit Publicly Observable?: 
Yes
Local Contact Person: 
Luther Weeks