House OKs resolution to allow early voting in Connecticut
The House of Representatives approved on Wednesday a resolution to allow early voting in Connecticut, which 15 states and the District of Columbia already allow in some form, state Rep. Christine Conley, D-Groton, announced in a news release.
It next goes to the Senate. If it passes with a 75 percent "supermajority" there, it would go before voters on the 2020 ballot, according to a news release from the Secretary of the State's office.
“Restricting voting to 14 hours on election day is a disservice to democracy,” Conley, who introduced and co-sponsored the resolution proposing an amendment to the state constitution, said in a statement. “People have busy lives with a broad array of responsibilities that can easily prevent them from casting a ballot within the prescribed timeframe. Broadening the balloting process is a common sense approach to making every vote count.”
The resolution sets "the stage for a general election ballot question as early as 2020," according to the release. "The resolution calls for a constitutional amendment to eliminate the requirement that voters cast ballots only on the day of an election and an in-person, early voting period of at least three days before an election or referendum."
"If the resolution comes before voters the ballot question will read as follows: 'Shall the Constitution of the State be amended to permit the General Assembly to provide for early voting?'" the release states.
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