One Step Closer to Early Voting

April 25, 2019

Our electoral rights are the foundation of our democracy, but as personal schedules become more and more rigid, voters are less able to make it to the polls. Or when they do, they get discouraged by the long lines on Election Day.

I am glad we are working towards bringing our election system into the 21st century by establishing an early voting process where more residents can exercise this right.

The House took action approving a resolution that would include a ballot question to amend the State Constitution to allow for an in-person early voting system so that people can vote a few days before Election Day. Once the resolution gets final legislative approval, the question will appear on the November 2020 ballot for voters to decide if Connecticut should implement it.

If adopted, our state would join the 39 states and Washington D.C. across the country that allow early voting, which an estimated 36 million voters nationwide took advantage of during the 2018 mid-term elections.

We have made significant strides addressing voter suppression and strengthening our democracy, but we must continue to remove barriers so that all voters can make their voices heard.

For more information, please visit the Office of Secretary of the State Denise W. Merrill's website by clicking here.