On Election Day, November 8th, 2022 voters decided by a very strong majority that Connecticut is now finally the 47th state to allow Early Voting–go here for more on the historic Early Voting ballot question win and other 2022 achievements!
You may have been a non-partisan YES on Question 1 Early Voting Ballot Question poll-stander on Election Day, or you may have recruited poll-standers, or shared on social media, or worked in any number of creative ways to bring the Early Voting message to your organization or community—and it worked.
Even if your one action was to vote YES on your own ballot, you joined a statewide movement that approved Early Voting by a very strong 60% margin.
Voters now need to make sure state legislators design an Early Voting system that meets the needs of all Connecticut voters. This next fight is already underway as the 2023 regular legislative session began on January 4th.
Left to right: Doris Dumas, President, Greater New Haven NAACP; Antoinette Badillo, Political Action Chair, GNH NAACP; and Terry Reese, GNH NAACP member encouraging YES votes on Question 1 for Early Voting on Nov. 8th, 2022 outside the Hill House High School polling place in New Haven. Featured in this video: Doris Dumas, President, Greater New Haven NAACP.
State Senate President Martin Looney and 91 others responded to the nonpartisan Our Democracy 2022 Connecticut survey. Click here to see how your newly elected state senator and state representative responded on: Early Voting, No Excuse Absentee Voting, a Connecticut Voting Rights Act, a Ban on Foreign Spending on State Ballot Referendums, and on a Ranked Choice Voting (RCV) Bill to create a task force to study the implementation of RCV in Connecticut.
Common Cause in Connecticut members and allies statewide won huge voting rights victories in 2021 after playing key roles ensuring all voters could cast absentee ballots due to Covid-19 for the 2020 Primary and General Elections.
In 2021 voters took huge steps forward toward Early and No-Excuse Absentee Voting, expanded Automatic Voter Registration (AVR) beyond the Dep’t. of Motor Vehicles to other state agencies, restored the right to vote to citizens on parole, made permanent the 2020 absentee ballot drop boxes and more!