CONTEMPORARY MOVEMENTS IN CONNECTICUT
On January 11, 2003, the Government Administration and Election Committee introduced Bill 340, “An Act Concerning Voting by Resident Alien Property Owners” (see below). If passed, the bill would have expanded local suffrage to include certain non-citizen taxpayers. The bill died in committee without much by way of debate.
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Connecticut State Senate Bill #340
To allow property owners to vote at town meetings and referenda. Introduced by: Government Administration and Elections Committee.
Text of bill
Allows those who are not United States citizens to vote at a town meeting or referendum or a fire, sewer, or school district or municipal subdivision meeting or referendum, unless a special act imposes other restrictions. They must be at least 18 years old and own and be liable for taxes in the town, district, or subdivision on property assessed at $ 1,000 or more on the latest grand list. A town meeting that is adjourned for a vote on a later date at polling places is considered a referendum.
EFFECTIVE DATE: July 1, 2003
COMMITTEE ACTION: Government Administration and Elections Committee
Joint Favorable Report: Yea (17) Nay(0)