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Connecticut
Admission of Electors in Absentia
HJR 22, 1991
Election:
General

1992

Type:
Legislative Referendum

Status: Pass (Yes votes: 73.1%)

Topic Areas:
Elections

Summary: Click for Summary
Amends Section 8 of Article VI to allow the general assembly to provide by law for the absentee admission of electors.

 

Amend Voter Registration Period for Pre-Registering 17-Year-Olds
SJR 69, 1979
Election:
General

1980

Type:
Legislative Referendum

Status: Pass (Yes votes: 53.1%)

Topic Areas:
Civil & Constitutional Law | Elections

Summary: Click for Summary

 

Annual Sessions of the General Assembly
HJR 160, 1969
Election:
General

1970

Type:
Legislative Referendum

Status: Pass (Yes votes: 76.4%)

Topic Areas:
Legislatures

Summary: Click for Summary

 

Appointment of State Attorney by a Criminal Justice Commission
HJR 35, 1984
Election:
General

1984

Type:
Legislative Referendum

Status: Pass (Yes votes: 72.7%)

Topic Areas:
Criminal Justice | State Government

Summary: Click for Summary
Amends Article IV by adding a new section to establish a division of criminal justice and vest state prosecutorial power in a chief state’s attorney and the state attorney in each judicial district.

 

Change to Method of Proposing and Approving Constitutional Amendments
HJR 9, 1972
Election:
General

1974

Type:
Legislative Referendum

Status: Pass (Yes votes: 77.4%)

Topic Areas:
Civil & Constitutional Law | Legislatures

Summary: Click for Summary
Described as “a minor change to wording.”

 

Constitutional Convention
Constitutional Convention Question
Election:
General

1986

Type:
Other

Status: Fail (Yes votes: 35.4%)

Topic Areas:
Civil & Constitutional Law

Summary: Click for Summary

 

Constitutional Convention Question
Constitutional Convention Question
Election:
General

2008

Type:
Other

Status: Fail (Yes votes: 40.1%)

Topic Areas:
Civil & Constitutional Law

Summary: Click for Summary
Shall there be a Constitutional Convention to amend or revise the Constitution of the State? (automatically proposed every 20 years)

 

Creation of Appellate Court
HJR 95, 1981
Election:
General

1982

Type:
Legislative Referendum

Status: Pass (Yes votes: 71.2%)

Topic Areas:
Judiciary

Summary: Click for Summary
Amends Article Second of the constitution to divide the powers of the government into three distinct departments, and each of them confided to a separate magistracy: the legislative, the executive and the judicial. The legislative department may delegate regulatory authority to the executive department; except that any administrative regulation of any agency of the executive department may be disapproved by the general assembly or a committee thereof in such manner as shall by law be prescribed.

 

Crime Victims’ Rights
Question 1
Election:
General

1996

Type:
Legislative Referendum

Status: Pass (Yes votes: 78.5%)

Topic Areas:
Civil & Constitutional Law | Criminal Justice

Summary: Click for Summary
Amends Article XVII of the Amendments of the Constitution of the state with respect to the rights of the accused and the rights of crime victims.

 

Delegation of Regulatory Authority. Disapproval of Administrative Regulations
HJR 64, 1981
Election:
General

1982

Type:
Legislative Referendum

Status: Pass (Yes votes: 70.1%)

Topic Areas:
State Government

Summary: Click for Summary
Amends Article Second of the constitution to divide the powers of the government into three distinct departments, and each of them confided to a separate magistracy: the legislative, the executive and the judicial. The legislative department may delegate regulatory authority to the executive department; except that any administrative regulation of any agency of the executive department may be disapproved by the general assembly or a committee thereof in such manner as shall by law be prescribed.

 

Disability Discrimination
HJR 47, 1983
Election:
General

1984

Type:
Legislative Referendum

Status: Pass (Yes votes: 77.9%)

Topic Areas:
Civil & Constitutional Law

Summary: Click for Summary
Amends Article V of the Amendments to the Constitution of the state to prohibit discrimination on account of physical or mental disability.

 

Election of Attorney General
HJR 95, 1969
Election:
General

1970

Type:
Legislative Referendum

Status: Pass (Yes votes: 84.6%)

Topic Areas:
State Government

Summary: Click for Summary

 

Eliminate County Sheriffs
Question 1
Election:
General

2000

Type:
Legislative Referendum

Status: Pass (Yes votes: 65.6%)

Topic Areas:
Local Government

Summary: Click for Summary
Repeals Section 25 of Article 4 of the Constitution, eliminating sheriffs.

The county sheriffs and their deputies and special deputies are responsible for service of process (formal delivery of legal papers such as a summons, complaint, or subpoena), transporting prisoners to courthouses, custody of prisoners at courthouses, and courthouse security.

If this constitutional amendment is approved by the voters, acts passed by the General Assembly and signed by the governor this year will transfer responsibility for these functions on December 1, 2000. Under the acts (PA 00-99 and PA 00-210), responsibility for (1) transporting prisoners to courthouses, custody of prisoners at courthouses, and courthouse security is transferred to the Judicial Department and (2) service of process functions are given to state marshals, a new position created by the act. Current deputies will continue to serve legal papers as state marshals under the supervision of the newly created State Marshal Commission and special deputies will continue to perform courthouse security and prisoner transportation and custody at courthouses as Judicial Department employees.

The amendment eliminates the following constitutional provisions:

1. requiring election of sheriffs in each county every four years for four-year terms;

2. requiring sheriffs to submit a bond to the treasurer to ensure the faithful discharge of their duties;

3. allowing the General Assembly to remove a sheriff from office;

4. allowing the governor to fill a vacancy in the office of sheriff caused by a death, resignation, or removal until the General Assembly fills the vacancy; and

5. allowing sheriffs to deliver notices for a special legislative session on redistricting in certain circumstances.


 

Extra Compensation to Public Officers Prohibited
HJR 46, 1981
Election:
General

1982

Type:
Legislative Referendum

Status: Pass (Yes votes: 57.2%)

Topic Areas:
Labor & Employment | Local Government | State Government

Summary: Click for Summary
Amends Section 2 of Article XI to prohibit, except as provided in the amendment, pay increases to elected officials of the state or any subdivision thereof in excess of the amount of compensation entitled to at the time of taking office.

 

Forfeiture of Electoral Privileges Upon Conviction
HJR 37, 1973
Election:
General

1974

Type:
Legislative Referendum

Status: Pass (Yes votes: 70.1%)

Topic Areas:
Civil & Constitutional Law | Elections

Summary: Click for Summary

 

Grand Jury for Capital Offenses
HJR 36, 1981
Election:
General

1982

Type:
Legislative Referendum

Status: Pass (Yes votes: 73.6%)

Topic Areas:
Criminal Justice

Summary: Click for Summary
In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall have a right to be heard by himself and by counsel; to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted by the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process to obtain witnesses in his behalf; to be released on bail upon sufficient security, except in capital offenses, where the proof is evident or the presumption great; and in all prosecutions by information, to a speedy, public trial by an impartial jury. No person shall be compelled to give evidence against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty or property without due process of law, nor shall excessive bail be required nor excessive fines imposed. No person shall be held to answer for any crime, punishable by death or life imprisonment, unless upon probable cause shown at a hearing in accordance with procedures prescribed by law, except in the armed forces, or in the militia when in actual service in time of war or public danger.

 

Gubernatorial Succession
HJR 3, 1984
Election:
General

1984

Type:
Legislative Referendum

Status: Pass (Yes votes: 88.2%)

Topic Areas:
State Government

Summary: Click for Summary
Amends Section 18 of Article IV with respect to gubernatorial succession and when the lieutenant governor shall act as governor.

 

Judicial Censure, Removal or Suspension. Judicial Review Council
HJR 44, 1976
Election:
General

1976

Type:
Legislative Referendum

Status: Pass (Yes votes: 79.8%)

Topic Areas:
Judiciary

Summary: Click for Summary

 

Jurors and Right of Peremptory Challenge
HJR 83, 1971
Election:
General

1972

Type:
Legislative Referendum

Status: Pass (Yes votes: 71.0%)

Topic Areas:
Civil & Constitutional Law | Criminal Justice

Summary: Click for Summary
Established six-person jury for criminal trials, twelve-person jury for civil trials

 

Lowers Eligibility for Legislative Office from 21 to 18
HJR 103, 1979
Election:
General

1980

Type:
Legislative Referendum

Status: Pass (Yes votes: 52.7%)

Topic Areas:
Legislatures

Summary: Click for Summary

 

No-Excuse Absentee and Early Voting
Question 1
Election:
General

2014

Type:
Legislative Referendum

Status: Fail (Yes votes: 47.7% undecided)

Topic Areas:
Elections

Summary: Click for Summary
Amends the constitution to delete language that requires electors to appear in person at polling places on election day, permitting the legislature to enact no-excuse absentee and/or early voting.

 

Pre-Registration of 17 Year-Olds
HJR 51, 1975
Election:
General

1976

Type:
Legislative Referendum

Status: Pass (Yes votes: 56.6%)

Topic Areas:
Elections

Summary: Click for Summary

 

Preserve Eligibility Requirements for Office
HJR 26, 1969
Election:
General

1970

Type:
Legislative Referendum

Status: Pass (Yes votes: 78.4%)

Topic Areas:
Legislatures

Summary: Click for Summary
Kept age of eligibility for state house and senate at 21, even though the voting age changed to 18

 

Prohibit the Use of the Party Lever in Any State or Local Election
HJR 9, 1985
Election:
General

1986

Type:
Legislative Referendum

Status: Pass (Yes votes: 50.4%)

Topic Areas:
Elections

Summary: Click for Summary
Amends Section 5 of Article VI to prohibit voting by means of a straight-ticket device.

 

Prohibition on Sexual Discrimination
HJR 4, 1972
Election:
General

1974

Type:
Legislative Referendum

Status: Pass (Yes votes: 77.3%)

Topic Areas:
Civil & Constitutional Law

Summary: Click for Summary

 

Qualifications of Voters
HJR 48, 1975
Election:
General

1976

Type:
Legislative Referendum

Status: Pass (Yes votes: 82.0%)

Topic Areas:
Civil & Constitutional Law | Elections

Summary: Click for Summary
Lowered age from 21 to 18; reduced residency and reading requirements

 

Reapportionment
HJR 3, 1980
Election:
General

1980

Type:
Legislative Referendum

Status: Pass (Yes votes: 67.1%)

Topic Areas:
Redistricting

Summary: Click for Summary
Congressional and General Assembly districts to be consistent with federal standards; Supreme Court review period shortened and timetable extended for Decennial Reapportionment

 

Remove Position of Justice of the Peace
SJR 72, 1973
Election:
General

1974

Type:
Legislative Referendum

Status: Pass (Yes votes: 56.0%)

Topic Areas:
Judiciary

Summary: Click for Summary
Also included an exception to the age limitation for judges

 

Repeal Six-Month Residency Requirement for Voting
HJR 92, 1979
Election:
General

1980

Type:
Legislative Referendum

Status: Pass (Yes votes: 66.2%)

Topic Areas:
Civil & Constitutional Law | Elections

Summary: Click for Summary

 

Require Public Hearings on Sale of Certain State-Owned Property and Two-Thirds Vote to Authorize Sale or Transfer Amendment
Amendment 2
Election:
General

2018

Type:
Legislative Referendum

Status: Pass (Yes votes: 84.5%)

Topic Areas:
Business & Commerce | Environmental Protection | Natural Resources

Summary: Click for Summary
Requires public hearings on all legislation to authorize the transfer, sale or disposal of state-owned properties, including state parks, forests and conserved lands. The measure also requires a two-thirds majority vote in the General Assembly to authorize the sale, transfer or disposal of the public lands.

 

Selection, Nomination, Appointment and Removal of Judges
SJR 65, 1985
Election:
General

1986

Type:
Legislative Referendum

Status: Pass (Yes votes: 67.4%)

Topic Areas:
Judiciary

Summary: Click for Summary
Amends Section 2 of Article XX of the Amendments to the Constitution of the state with respect to selection, nomination, appointment, and removal of judges.

 

Spending Cap
HJR 205, June 5 Special Session, 1991
Election:
General

1992

Type:
Legislative Referendum

Status: Pass (Yes votes: 80.9%)

Topic Areas:
Budgets

Summary: Click for Summary
Amends Article III by adding a section establishing a spending cap and its terms of execution.

 

Supreme Court to Have Original Jurisdiction for Review of Decennial Reapportionment
SJR 5, 1976
Election:
General

1976

Type:
Legislative Referendum

Status: Pass (Yes votes: 76.5%)

Topic Areas:
Redistricting

Summary: Click for Summary

 

Transportation Revenue Lockbox Amendment
Amendment 1
Election:
General

2018

Type:
Legislative Referendum

Status: Pass (Yes votes: 88.6%)

Topic Areas:
Budgets | Tax & Revenue | Transportation

Summary: Click for Summary
From HJR 100, creates a lockbox for transportation funds.

 

Voting Age
HJ 21
Election:
General

2008

Type:
Legislative Referendum

Status: Pass (Yes votes: 63.9%)

Topic Areas:
Civil & Constitutional Law | Elections

Summary: Click for Summary
Shall the Constitution of the State be amended to permit any person who will have attained the age of eighteen years on or before the day of a regular election to vote in the primary for such regular election?

This resolution proposes a constitutional amendment allowing 17-year-old citizens who will turn 18 on or before the day of a regular election to vote in its primary. Under the resolution, such an individual must apply and otherwise qualify for admission as an elector. He or she may then vote in the primary held to determine nominees for the regular election. Upon turning 18, the individual’s electoral rights attach. By law, a “regular election” means any municipal or state election. State elections include candidates for federal office.


 

 

Statewide Ballot Measures Database


11/7/2018

Image of search key on a keyboard.NCSL’s Statewide Ballot Measures Database includes all statewide ballot measures in the 50 states and the District of Columbia, starting over a century ago. New measures are added as they are certified and identified by NCSL staff. Results are updated soon after election night; each entry is then updated with “pass” or “fail.”

You can search legislation for each year from the late 1800s through 2017 by state, topic, keyword, year, status or primary sponsor. Topics include: Abortion, Agriculture, Animal Rights/Hunting & Fishing, Arts & Culture, Banking & Financial Services, Bond Measures, Budgets, Business & Commerce, Civil & Constitutional Law, Criminal Justice, Drug/Alcohol/Tobacco Policy, Economic Development, Education: Higher Ed, Education: PreK-12, Elections, Elections-Initiative Process, Energy & Electric Utilities, Environmental Protection, Ethics/Lobbying/Campaign Finance, Federal Government, Gambling & Lotteries, Health, Human Services, Insurance, Judiciary, Juvenile Justice, Labor & Employment, Land Use/Property Rights, Legislatures, Local Government, Military & Veterans Affairs, Natural Resources, Redistricting, State Government, State-Tribal Relations, Tax & Revenue, Telecom & Info Technology, Term Limits, and Transportation.

This database is provided for informational purposes only. For details on ballot measures, please contact the appropriate state’s election officials.

For more information about the database, contact NCSL’s elections team via email or at 303-364-7700.

 

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