Today, almost 80 governing bodies throughout Connecticut are elected using limited voting.
The Connecticut Legislature first enacted a limited voting system in 1949 to ensure that governing boards and commissions would reflect the voices of both majority and minority groups. The Legislature created a default limited voting system applicable to all board of education elections in Connecticut.
In 1959, under the Connecticut Minority Representation statute, a default limited nominations system was applied to all elected boards and commissions. Under this system, each political party can only hold a certain number of seats on any governing body. As described in a judicial decision finding Connecticut's statutory scheme to be constitutional, "[These statutes were] not meant to wrest power and control from the majority, but to assure intelligent decision-making." LoFrisco v. Schaffer, 341 F. Supp. 743, 750 (1972).