Early Voting Passes in the House of RepresentativesMay 8, 2023
Last year, Connecticut voters overwhelmingly told the General Assembly that you wanted more voting opportunities through a constitutional amendment on early voting. I and my colleagues in the House have answered your call.
On May 4, the House of Representatives approved H.B. 5004, 107 to 35, a measure that will allow early voting in our state beginning in 2024.
This legislation modernizes the state's elections and allows for more convenience and fairness in the process, reflecting the realities of hectic modern-day life. It requires a 14-day in-person early voting period for general elections (the November ones), a seven-day period for most primaries, and a four-day early voting period for special elections and presidential preference primaries.
Each municipality must establish at least one early voting location.
Eligible voters will be able to cast their ballots in person ahead of Election Day for both regular and special elections, as well as primaries. Of course, on election day itself, you will still be able to go to your regular polling places between 6:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.to vote in person.
Connecticut was one of only four states that did not have early in-person voting. Because of your vote to amend our state constitution to allow early voting, our state joins the 46 others.
I look forward to the next step – debate in the Senate. The Governor has pledges to sign the bill.
As always, if you or someone you know requires assistance, please don't hesitate to reach out to me.