“It’s been a big effort of mine to try to modernize our voting system so that it’s a better experience for the voters, who are sort of like our customers.”
Secretary of the State Denise Merrill came to Stamford Tuesday to discuss a new proposal that will make voting easier for Connecticut residents.
“”It’s going to be on the ballot in Connecticut November 4, which is a constitutional amendment to allow Connecticut to have early voting or some form of early voting,” says Merrill.
Merrill spoke to a group at the Ferguson Library about the proposed early voting amendment, which will remove restrictions in Connecticut’s constitution.
“”It’s in the state constitution that you can only vote on Election Day and many people have noticed that 30 other states are already doing some form of early voting,” Merrill says.
With early voting, voters can cast a ballot by appearing in person at a designated location during a designated period prior to Election Day. The amendment would also allow voters use absentee ballots without needing a specific reason or excuse.
“”I think not only will it help participation, but it also makes it a better experience,” says Merrill. “We won’t have things like the long lines people talked about at the last Presidential election; we had some towns in Connecticut where that was the case. So it will do a lot to make it easier for people I think who do want to vote.”