On April 17, the Connecticut House of Representatives voted in favor of placing on the 2014 ballot a proposed constitutional amendment allowing early and no-excuse absentee voting. Currently, the state does not allow any voting before Election Day unless a person has an acceptable excuse and has applied for and submitted an absentee ballot. Acceptable excuses include illness, travel, disabilities, and religious beliefs that would prevent a voter from going to the polls.
With Election Day only five days away, it’s essential to know about all of your voting options. If you won’t be able to vote on Election Day, find out if there is still time to apply to vote by mail and to submit your completed ballot.
The Connecticut General Assembly is currently considering a series of reforms intended to make voter registration and voting itself easier and more accessible. Among the proposals, which are backed by Secretary of State Denise Merrill and Governor Dannel Malloy, is the plan to introduce so-called “no-excuse” absentee ballots.