Connecticut

Officers Subject to Recall:

  • Bristol, Milford and Westport: Any elected official.
  • Stratford: Only town council elected officials.

Key Steps in the Recall Process:

  • Bristol: At least 20% of votes cast for the mayor in last election. Petition must include grounds for removal. Official has five days to resign after petition is filed. Official must be in office for at least 90 days.
  • Milford: At least 10% of voters. Petition must include grounds for removal. At least 25% of registered voters must vote in the recall election for it to count.
  • Stratford: A registered voter must file a petition for removal and collect at least 15% of registered voters in 30 days.
  • Westport: A registered voter must file a petition for removal and collect at least 15% of registered voters in 60 days.

Applies to four municipalities only. Read the code at Bristol: 23 spec. Acts 489, No. 489; Milford: 29 spec. Acts 142, No. 139; Stratford: 18 spec. Acts 1048, No. 479; Westport: 28 spec. Acts 427, No. 383.

Court Activity

No current cases.

News & Commentary

Colorado Recall Leaders Visit Connecticut | 10/28/14

NEWINGTON -- Two of the leaders in the successful recall election in Colorado toured 'Hoffman's Gun Center' on Oct. 28.

They came to support the efforts of the 'Connecticut Citizens Defense League' in attempting to turn Governor Malloy out of office next week because of his advocacy and signing of the strict gun control measures passed in the aftermath of the shootings at Sandy Hook.

At a news conference on the stops of the State Capitol earlier, Timothy Knight, a founder of the Colorado recall movement said, "In Colorado we struck our blow for liberty in 2013 by making 137 years of state history by recalling two Senators outright...a third fled."

But Connecticut has no re-call procedure so the 15,000 plus member CCDL is pushing to vote out Malloy and legislators who helped pass the bill.

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Colorado Recall Election Energizes Gun Rights Groups in Connecticut | 09/17/13

HARTFORD -- Connecticut has no provision to recall elected officials, unlike Colorado, where two prominent backers of gun control were just booted from the legislature.

But gun-rights groups here say they will push aggressively to oust state lawmakers who worked to pass one of the nation's most sweeping gun control laws in the aftermath of the Dec. 14 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Each state has its own requirements as to the manner in which petitions must be collected, signed and filed. It is imperative that official recall committees are legally formed in each state according to the state laws and regulations. The handling of the petitions must comply with the laws and regulations of each state.