CT Bob: I already voted absentee because I'm out of town on Election Day, but there are ways to make it easier for people who, for whatever reason, can't get away to the polls during that relatively brief 14-hour window on Election Day. I voted YES on the amendment, because I'm all in favor of ANY change that makes it easier for eligible citizens to participate in our representative democracy.
I dream that I will one day see a 100% turnout for our elections. THAT'S the very definition of a participatory democracy!
For Immediate Release: Monday, October 27th, 2014
Contact: Jimmy Tickey 203-520-1910 DeLauro
Mike Smith 203-450-4579 Merrill
DeLauro & Secretary of the State Denise Merrill Hold Press Conference on Constitutional Amendment
New Haven – Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro will join Connecticut's Secretary of the State Denise Merrill tomorrow, Tuesday, October 28, 2014 to call for passage of the constitutional amendment question on the ballot this November. The press conference will be held at the Tower One/Tower East apartment and assisted living community.
WHO: Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro, Secretary of the State Denise Merrill
WHAT: Constitutional amendment question on the ballot this Nov. 4th
WHEN: Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at 2:00pm
WHERE: Tower One/Tower East, 18 Tower Lane, New Haven, CT 06519
If passed, the constitutional amendment would give the Connecticut General Assembly the ability to enact early voting. Thirty-five states already have some form of early voting.
The question on the ballot reads “Shall the Constitution of the State be amended to remove restrictions concerning absentee ballots and to permit a person to vote without appearing at a polling place on the day of an election?”
DeLauro said, "If passed, the constitutional amendment proposed in Question 1 will remove decades’ old limitations that can make it difficult for people to vote in elections. Whether you are a working parent, commuting to work and trying to balance job and family responsibilities, a senior who is dependent on others to get to the polls or a student managing classes -- removing these restrictions will make voting easier for everyone."
"Being able to vote on a day other than Election Day will make it easier for Connecticut residents to exercise their fundamental right to vote," Merrill added.