Connecticut has some of the most restrictive voting laws in the country. It limits voting to a single day and restricts access to absentee ballots to those with a qualified “excuse.” Moreover, we have enshrined these restrictions in our state constitution, making them cumbersome to change. But that process of amending our constitution is now well under way.
In 2019 and again in 2021, I voted to pass legislation calling for an amendment to our state constitution to allow for early voting, and now the question will appear on your ballot in November 2022.
We need to do the same for no-excuse absentee ballots, allowing people to vote by mail as so many did successfully during the height of the pandemic in 2020. Voting by mail, with appropriate safeguards, is safe and secure. It worked well for Connecticut in the pandemic, and several states have been using it for years. A recent study looking at more than 14 million votes cast by mail found only 372 potentially fraudulent votes, or 0.0025 percent. Current technology enables us to make this process even more secure.
In 2021, we passed legislation calling for a constitutional amendment to allow for no-excuse absentee ballots, the first step in the process. We will need to pass it again in the upcoming 2023-24 term to put it on your ballot in 2024, and I look forward to advocating for that resolution.