With a new year comes change, and voters in states across the country are dealing with laws both expanding and attacking voting and elections after a multitude of previously enacted bills went into effect on Jan. 1.
On Tuesday, June 6, the Connecticut Legislature sent House Bill 6941, a budget bill that included a state-level Voting Rights Act (VRA), to Gov. Ned Lamont (D) for his signature.
On Tuesday, May 30 and into the early hours of May 31, the Connecticut Senate passed two pieces of legislation: House Bill 5004, which would add 14 days of in-person early voting and House Joint Resolution 1, which, once approved by voters, would allow no-excuse mail-in voting.
On Wednesday, March 15, the Connecticut Government Administration and Elections Committee proposed Senate Bill 1226, or otherwise called An Act Concerning State Voting Rights In Recognition Of John R. Lewis.
On Wednesday, May 10, the Connecticut House passed House Joint Resolution 1, a constitutional amendment that would allow no-excuse mail-in voting, a practice permitted in 27 other states and Washington, D.C.
On Thursday, May 4, the Connecticut House of Representatives passed House Bill 5004, a bill that would add 14 days of in-person early voting.
As of Friday, Jan. 20, Connecticut lawmakers have introduced at least six bills outlining an early in-person voting process for the state, one of only four without the option.
Gov. Ned Lamont (D) signed the new Connecticut state budget into law on Wednesday, enacting a provision restoring the right to vote to citizens on parole.
The Connecticut Legislature passed a joint resolution on Thursday that would establish permanent early voting in the state.
A new bill advanced by Democrats in the Connecticut Legislature would significantly expand voting access in the state.
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