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Voting & Elections 04.30.2021

Currently the state has among the most restrictive voting laws outside of the south.

As states across the country attempt to roll back voting rights and protections, Connecticut must lead the way in protecting the right to vote. But Connecticut has a lot of work to do – as the Center for Public Integrity recently observed, Connecticut has among the most restrictive voting laws outside of the south. Communities of color in Connecticut routinely face long lines and other obstacles when voting. It’s past time we correct these issues and ensure that voters of color, and indeed all voters, are free from voter suppression and intimidation, and have a fair and equal opportunity to elect candidates of their choice. Recently, the Connecticut legislature held a public hearing on the Connecticut Voting Rights Act (Senate Bill 820 or the CTVRA), introduced by State Sen. Matt Lesser, which, if enacted, would make Connecticut a national leader in protecting the right to vote for communities of color, and indeed all voters.

Voting & Elections 04.29.2021

CT Viewpoints: Connecticut needs House Joint Resolution 58 — universal absentee voting

"The legislature needs to act quickly to pass House Joint Resolution 58 which will begin the process of amending the state constitution. Doing so will allow voters to vote more conveniently, as was the case when more than 650,000 Connecticut residents voted by absentee ballot in the November 2020 election."

Voting & Elections 04.21.2021

NBC CT: Officials Call On Lawmakers To Change Election Laws

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.

Voting & Elections 04.11.2021

Connecticut has some of the most restrictive voting laws in the country. Here’s how our voting laws compare to other states.

Voting & Elections 04.10.2021

Opinion: CT not immune to fight against voting rights

Across the nation, Republican legislators are implementing harsh new restrictions to make it harder for people of color, young people and lower-income people to vote. As an Arizona state legislator explained, “we don’t mind putting security measures in that won’t let everybody vote.” In a display of twisted logic, GOP lawmakers claim that making it more difficult to vote is needed to restore voter confidence in the integrity of elections, confidence they themselves sabotaged, mainly among voters in their own party, by relentless and baseless claims about a stolen election.

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