Early Voting

May 31, 2017

This morning I joined Secretary of the State Denise Merrill and Sen. Looney to voice our support for HJ95, a bill that would allow early voting for CT residents.

Early voting would reduce long lines on election day, accommodate workers and seniors, and would additionally increase the number of opportunities a resident has to vote.

Voting is the very core of our democracy, every resident should have the opportunity to vote if they wish to do so. Currently, the Connecticut State Constitution requires voters to appear in person on Election Day, but the day falls on a Tuesday and some voters cannot get to the polls because of work or family obligations. This bill allows voters flexibility to cast their vote and ensures that every resident who wants to vote has time to do so.

According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, 37 states and the District of Columbia permitted any qualified voter to cast a ballot during a designated period before Election Day.

It’s time that Connecticut continues to encourage voting and increased civic engagement and make it easier, not harder, for residents to cast their vote. It’s also worth noting that early voting alleviates long lines at polling places, making it easier for residents to vote.