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Lamont Signs Bill Expanding Absentee Ballots

Gov. Ned Lamont signing the absentee ballot bill at the residence where he is quarantining due to COVID-19. Courtesy of CTNewsJunkie.com

Secretary of the State Denise Merrill said they are still working to come up with a legal opinion outlining exactly what they mean when it comes to the word ‘sickness.’

Absentee Ballot boxes in front of West Hartford Town Hall during election season can be used to drop off applications as well as completed ballots. Photo credit: Ronni Newton (we-ha.com file photo)

By Christine Stuart, CTNewsJunkie.com 

Gov. Ned Lamont signed into law a bill expanding the conditions under which Connecticut voters can qualify for an absentee ballot, making mail-in voting easier for commuters and residents worried about illnesses.

Although Connecticut’s constitution contains language explicitly outlining a handful of excuses a voter must use in order to obtain an absentee ballot, the bill eases the restrictions previously written into state law. It removes a requirement that commuters be out of town for all hours in which polls are open. It deletes language requiring a voter to be personally ill in order to qualify for a ballot based on sickness.

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