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CT House Passes Early Voting Plan, Senate Takes Up Bill

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Friday, May 12, 2023   

Connecticut's House of Representatives has passed a bill implementing an early-voting plan.

Elements of the plan include requiring the Secretary of State to educate the public about early voting, and training registrars on how to administer it. The new bill would allow for 14 days of early voting before both a primary or general election.

Implementing this plan would create a fiscal burden on municipalities and the state, and Coralys Santana - policy and program associate at The Connecticut Project - noted what the funding will be supporting.

"There's the Connecticut Voter Registration System, which will allow the registrars and administrators to know who's cast their ballot," said Santana. "There's also a public education aspect so that voters can know that early voting exists, and how to do it, and where to do it."

She said there are hopes the state will help all municipalities so early voting can be done equitably and accessibly for all Connecticut voters.

Analysis from the state's Office of Fiscal Analysis finds early voting would cost municipalities $900,000 in 2024. The state would incur costs between $1.8 and $2.3 million during that same year.

A similar measure to approve early voting is being taken up in the State Senate.

Given the first time this plan will be used is 2024's elections, Santana noted that there will be some teething troubles needing to be addressed. But, she said Connecticut voters will see the benefits of it once the plan is implemented.

"It's really going to allow expanded access," said Santana. "We have lower turnouts in the cities because people can't make it in one day. And, I really think we're going to see increased participation. We're going to see shorter lines on the actual election day."

Santana said she finds longer lines can act as a deterrent for voters.

According to the U.S. Elections Project, about 45 million people voted early in the 2022 midterm elections.




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