Connecticut

Overview

Connecticut Redistricting Process

Congressional and Legislative

Congressional and legislative maps are enacted by the General Assembly. The Governor can veto the plans.

The General Assembly can override a veto with a two-thirds vote of the membership of each house of the General Assembly. No party currently has a veto-proof majority in either chambers.

If the General Assembly is unable to enact a plan, a nine-member backup commission, the Connecticut Reapportionment Commission, is set up. The Commissioners are appointed by the President pro tempore of the Connecticut Senate, the Speaker of the House of Representatives of Connecticut, the Minority Leader of the Connecticut Senate and the Minority Leader of the Connecticut House, who each designate two Commission members unless there are more than two parties in the Connecticut Senate or House. If any third political party is represented in either legislative chamber, all third-party members select one individual to name two Commissioners instead of those chosen by the Minority Leader of the Connecticut House. The eight Commission members have 30 days to select an elector of the state, a resident of more than 18 years, to be the ninth member.

The Commission submits its redistricting plan to the Secretary of the State by November 30 of the same year the Commission begins. Maps are passed by a simple majority. The Secretary publishes the Commission’s plan which becomes law. If the Commission does not submit its plan in time, the Secretary is responsible for notifying the Chief Justice of the State Supreme Court and the Court becomes responsible for drawing the state’s maps.

Challenges to the maps are litigated in the State Supreme Court.

Source: Conn. Const. amend. arts. XXVI, XXX.


Ballot Measure Process

Kinds of Ballot Measures
Only the Connecticut General Assembly may refer amendments to the ballot. There is no initiative or referendum process.

Source: Conn. Const. art. XII.


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