CT early voting should be authorized for 10 days before elections, Secretary of the State Stephanie Thomas said.
Lawmakers approved a bill intended to curb pay disparities and a referendum on whether the Constitution should allow early voting.
The Connecticut House voted overwhelmingly Thursday to place a constitutional amendment allowing early voting on the 2022 ballot.
Republicans signaled Friday they will try to block fast-track action on a constitutional amendment allowing no-excuse voting by absentee ballot.
As this one slowly wraps up, there’s a push to make the next election different for Connecticut voters.
The Senate endorsed a constitutional amendment that would create an early voting system, but failed to pass it by the margin necessary to place it on the 2020 November ballot.
Early voting in Connecticut got a big and bipartisan boost Wednesday night in the House of Representatives.
Secretary of the State Denise Merrill opened a campaign Tuesday for Connecticut join the vast majority of U.S. states allowing early voting, an idea that requires a state constitutional amendment to implement.
The House of Representatives, in an 81-to-65 vote Thursday, approved a resolution calling for a referendum on a constitutional amendment to allow early voting in Connecticut. But the earliest residents might have more than a single day to cast their ballot is 2020.
If early voting comes to Connecticut, it will be late — following 37 other states and the District of Columbia. A sharply divided House of Representatives took a small step Tuesday towards putting the issue to a referendum vote, though not before 2020.
Connecticut voters have rejected an amendment to the state’s constitution giving the General Assembly power to consider allowing early and expanded absentee voting.
It began as an effort to allow Civil War soldiers who were far from home to cast ballots in state and local elections, but that provision in Connecticut’s constitution has also kept voters from enjoying the rights shared by voters in 34 other states to cast an early ballot. Connecticut voters will now decide whether to allow the state legislature to amend the state’s restrictions on absentee or early voting.