State of Connecticut

Connecticut Early Voting Ballot Measure Challenge

Soto v. Connecticut

Lawsuit filed by a Connecticut resident challenging the state’s proposed early voting ballot measure that would codify in-person early voting in the state constitution. The plaintiff alleges that the early voting ballot measure was “unlawfully approved to be on the ballot” for the Nov. 8 election. Notably, one day after the suit was filed, over 60% of Connecticut voters approved the ballot measure on Election Day. In the complaint, the plaintiff claims that if the early voting amendment were ratified, she would be “in danger of losing substantial rights, power and privilege over ballot security and election integrity.” The plaintiff specifically alleges that the Connecticut General Assembly “grossly” erred “in the enacting of Public Act 21-1,” the resolution that the General Assembly approved to add the early voting amendment to the state constitution. Furthermore, the plaintiff argues that the challenged amendment will not only allow for early voting, “but will also remove the Constitutional requirement to submit election results to the Secretary of State under seal.” Lastly, she contends that the Connecticut General Assembly “erroneously” approved Public Act 21-1 in violation of rules in the Connecticut Constitution that govern how constitutional amendments must be approved. The plaintiff asks the court to declare the proposed early voting ballot amendment “null and void in [its] entirety.” On Dec. 15, the court dismissed the case.

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