Elections Government

House Broadens Definition of Who Qualifies for an Absentee Ballot

House vote on absentee ballot expansion. Photo credit: Christine Stuart, CTNewsJunkie.com

West Hartford representatives Tammy Exum, Kate Farrar, and Jillian Gilchrest all voted in favor of the bill, which would expand the qualification for an absentee ballot to include ‘sickness.’

By Hugh McQuaid, CTNewsJunkie.com 

The Connecticut House of Representatives voted Wednesday to expand the circumstances under which voters can qualify for an absentee ballot, broadening eligibility to the extent allowed by restrictions in the state’s constitution.

Lawmakers approved the bill on a 126-16 vote with support from both parties.

Democrats in the legislature have begun the complicated process of amending the constitution to remove specific language governing absentee and early voting. However, the bill that passed Wednesday broadens eligibility as much as possible within that existing language.

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