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Voting & Elections 04.1.2022

Forum for Secretary of the State Candidates Hosted by Common Cause in Connecticut

Issues covered during the forum included: a Ban on Foreign Spending on State Ballot Referendums; a Connecticut Voting Rights Act; legislation to create a task force to study the implementation of Ranked Choice Voting in Connecticut; implementation of Early voting if approved by voters on November 8, 2022; Risk-Limiting Audits; and Restoration of Voting Rights to Incarcerated Voters.

Voting & Elections 03.24.2022

Absentee Ballot Bill Headed To Governor’s Desk

The state Senate gave final passage Wednesday to a bill expanding the conditions under which Connecticut voters can qualify for an absentee ballot, making mail-in voting easier for commuters and residents worried about illnesses. The Senate sent the bill to the governor’s desk on a 30 to 4 vote Wednesday afternoon. The House approved the legislation on a bipartisan basis last week. Although Connecticut’s constitution contains language explicitly outlining a handful of excuses a voter must use in order to obtain an absentee ballot, the bill eases the restrictions previously written into state law. It removes a requirement that commuters be out of town for all hours in which polls are open. It deletes language requiring a voter to be personally ill in order to qualify for a ballot based on sickness.

Voting & Elections 03.16.2022

Ban Foreign Spending on State Ballot Referendums – Public Testimony Call to Action for March 18th, 2022, 11:00 AM

Support legislation to Ban Foreign Spending on State Ballot Referendums! The question on Connecticut’s November 8, 2022 statewide ballot where voters will decide if our state will finally allow Early Voting could become a target of anti-democratic foreign actors. We cannot allow this to happen. Submit written testimony and/or speak on Zoom to the Government Administration and Election Committee on Friday, March 18th, 2022 beginning at 11:00AM.

Voting & Elections 03.16.2022

75 Grassroots Leaders, Groups Urge Legislative Leaders to Pass ‘Freedom to Vote’ Agenda

“Connecticut voters deserve the absolute best version of democracy; that’s why we – a coalition of good government groups and other organizations who share this vision – are writing today to strongly urge our legislative leaders to prioritize these three ‘freedom to vote’ reforms from day one of the 2022 regular legislative session.”

Voting & Elections 03.1.2022

Continue Absentee Voting in 2022 due to COVID19 – March 4th, 2022, 10AM Public Hearing Call to Action

You will make a big impact by giving your written or virtual testimony to this coming Friday’s (March 4th, 2022) virtual legislative public hearing on ensuring all eligible Connecticut voters are still able to vote by absentee ballot this year.

Voting & Elections 02.18.2022

Connecticut is one of only six states that doesn’t permit early voting either in-person or by mailing in a ballot. But a ballot initiative could change that later this year.

“We do have a right to vote that’s constitutionally guaranteed, but the state constitution prevents early voting and no-excuse absentee voting, reducing the ability of a lot of eligible voters to vote,” said Cheri Quickmire, executive director of the Connecticut chapter of Common Cause, a nonprofit watchdog group that works to promote equal access to government and the vote. “This is really an opportunity for the state to extend that opportunity for more people to actually be able to vote—it is really about securing our democracy.”

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