Connecticut has $8.5 million to update its voting system, but it will be up to lawmakers to improve access to the ballot. When it comes to voting rights, Connecticut is still one of the most restrictive states in the nation, according to election officials.
“It’s embarrassing we are so far behind other states,” Secretary of the State Denise Merrill said. Election officials say there are 44 states that allow no-excuse absentee ballots or early voting, or both. “We are not a state that allows easy access for the voters to vote,” Merrill said.