Department of Justice changes process for removing deceased voters from rolls

February 18, 2019

The U.S. Department of Justice and Connecticut Secretary of the State have reached an agreement on how information about deceased voters should be shared with local registrars of voters.

“This is part of a nation-wide effort to ensure that the lists are as correct as possible,” said Secretary of the State Denise Merrill on Monday. “There was no particular incident (in Connecticut).”

Based on a new memorandum of understanding announced by the DOJ Friday, the Connecticut Department of Health will now share a list of people who have died each month with the Secretary of the State’s Office. The Secretary of the State will then transmit the information to the registrars who maintain the voter rolls. Previously, the list created by DPH was sent to town clerks and then registrars.

Merrill described this is as a minor change, unlikely to have big impacts. The DOJ is entering similar agreements with other states to ensure compliance with federal law.

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