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Malloy signs bill creating new standards for local election officials across Connecticut

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HARTFORD, Connecticut — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has signed a legislation that creates new standards for the local officials running Connecticut's election.

Malloy's office announced Wednesday Malloy signed the bill establishing qualifications and a certification process for Registrars of Voters. They'll be required to undergo yearly training. There's also a provision in the new law that would allow registrars to be removed in cases of negligence and dereliction of duty.

The legislation also improves the speed of collecting election results and allows local election officials to use the online voter registration system to enroll new voters through the Election Day Registration program.

Much of the new law takes effect immediately. It stems from a string of problems at the polls last November, including in Hartford where some polling places didn't open on time.

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