Late on this topic but the proposed constitutional amendment to allow early voting was torpedoed Tuesday by state voters. That means Connecticut’s excuse-only absentee ballot voting continues. Approval by voters would have given the state legislature the power to decide the parameters of early voting and for many voters that was the problem: giving the legislature more power. Many electors were also confused by the question.
More from Greg Hladky, Hartford Courant:
Connecticut is sometimes called The Land of Steady Habits, and voters made it clear Tuesday they didn’t want to change long-established voting procedures by approving a proposed constitutional amendment.
The amendment, which would have paved the way for lawmakers to approve changes such as early voting and “no excuse” absentee ballots, was shot down by 53 percent of the people who voted on the statewide referendum question.
Confusion about exactly what the amendment would do, uncertainty about giving more power over voting rules to the state legislature, and partisan and racial divisions all played a role in the proposal’s defeat, according to political experts.
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