Modernize the manner Connecticut votes

Yehyun Kim :: ctmirror.org

Sheila corridor, at center, Hartford’s Republican Registrar of Voters, confers with personnel at metropolis corridor.

The 2020 election turned into a testomony to our democratic method and the dedication of the American americans to behavior elections in a free, reasonable and non-partisan approach.  not simplest did our election gadget work, however labored smartly.  Many Connecticut citizens and elected officers labored with dedication and integrity to make balloting protected and handy, featuring confidence that each vote changed into counted, even below new and difficult situations.

Thanks go to everybody concerned, beginning with our Secretary of the State, Denise Merrill, who had the foresight and persistence to push for a selection of absentee ballot use in vote casting, and to enable all eligible Connecticut voters to vote from the safety and luxury of their personal domestic, both in the fundamental and the typical election.

Reviewing election outcomes, Secretary Merrill concluded: “the provision of absentee ballots allowed more than 650,000 americans to soundly and without difficulty forged their ballots, and helped to pressure what will in the end be among the many optimum turnout elections in Connecticut heritage.”

As early as last Spring, to be certain protected vote casting all the way through a global pandemic, Merrill proposed mailing all registered voters absentee ballot purposes with out a-cost, postage-paid return envelopes so that our residents’ exposure to COVID-19 could be lessened. When later it grew to become obvious that the U.S. Postal carrier couldn’t assure a well timed return of ballots, Merrill once again concentrated on options and organized for reliable ballot drop boxes in every city so voters may well be assured that their ballots would be acquired in a well timed, protected and secure trend.

Merrill’s bold endeavors couldn’t have come to fruition if it were now not for the herculean efforts of town clerks and the registrars of voters who worked lengthy hours and perpetually adapted to new and strange cases. town clerks established compassion and resilience in figuring out methods for those who desired to drop off ballots, or to select up an utility or ballot in person. They also accommodated those that desired to vote in person but shrunk COVID-19 just earlier than election day, and were unable to accomplish that.

we are additionally grateful to Gov. Ned Lamont and Lt. Gov. Susan Bysiewicz who supported the hassle to make no-excuse absentee ballot voting a truth.  We thank our legislators as smartly, who assembled in person for two particular classes to craft bills enabling broad use of absentee ballots, and allowance for native election officials to start early processing of them the Friday before election day to cut back slowdowns and make sure all votes may well be counted correctly and on time by means of conclusion of Election Day.

ultimately, we thank all the  volunteers and municipal personnel who labored in town workplaces, making ready for the election, and the greater than 10,000 volunteer ballot workers throughout our state who confirmed up on Election Day to support in-adult voters. (a different shout out goes to the young americans who stepped up to work the polls).

because of the unusual circumstances with COVID-19 and the slowdown with the mail, Connecticut voters got a more in-depth glimpse at how different states already handle early in-grownup balloting, no-excuse absentee voting, and mail-in balloting. no longer handiest become absentee voting in Connecticut this election convenient and secure, it helped reduce the traces on the polls which made things go sooner for those who selected to vote in person. The 2020 election helped Connecticut voters profit confidence in such new balloting methods.

for many voters, the 2020 elections introduced into sharp focal point how antiquated Connecticut’s vote casting practices are, and gave beginning to new-discovered activity in accelerated balloting rights and election reform. As represented with the aid of the 650,000 absentee ballots solid in November (a third of the Connecticut electorate), it is obvious there’s overwhelming bi-partisan help for expanding absentee vote casting.

Most states allow early voting. Connecticut is only one of six states that still do not.  five states habits elections thoroughly by way of mail where voters don’t deserve to request a ballot and as an alternative instantly receive one. another 29 states and Washington D.C. present “no-excuse” absentee balloting to all voters.

We applaud Secretary Merrill’s recent name to make no-excuse absentee ballots everlasting through an amendment to our state charter. She is strongly supported in this by way of our two U.S. senators, Sen. Richard Blumenthal and Sen. Chris Murphy who both entreated the state legislature to modernize Connecticut’s electoral equipment starting with improved no-excuse absentee ballot use.

As a residents’ coalition, we are dedicated to doing every little thing in our energy to bring extra people into the democratic technique.  it is time for Connecticut to enter the modern age and be part of the ranks of the 44 states that both have early in-grownup balloting, no-excuse absentee balloting or both.

The safe Vote CT is a statewide non-partisan coalition of citizen businesses who’ve worked collectively on account that closing spring to promote and support general sense voting reforms in Connecticut amidst a deadly health pandemic and a unstable political local weather.

Callie Gale Heilmann and Gemeem Davis, Co-administrators, Bridgeport technology Now
Lori Brown, CT League of Conservation Voters
Dr. Lisa Chandler, CT River Huddle
Dr. Carol Rizzolo, CT Shoreline Indivisible
Cathy Moran, CT Shoreline Indivisible
Kirk Wesley, Congregations prepared for a new CT
Dr. Jeffrey Schwartz, Congregations equipped for a brand new CT
Jeff Leake, President, Connecticut training affiliation
Claire Walsh, Democratic women in motion
Jim Chapdelaine, Emmy Award successful artist, Indivisible CT
Joseph Luciano and Cheri McKenzie, Indivisible CT4
Joanna Swomley and Nerlyn Pierson, Indivisible Greenwich
Michelle Abt and Sharyn Sarner, Indivisible Stamford
Carol Reimers, President, League of ladies Voters of CT
Laura Smits, vice president, Voter services, League of ladies Voters CT
Paula Bacolini, M.S./C.C.C., Make balloting convenient-CT
Jane Godbey and Merla Porter, Orange Indivisible
Virginia Wilkinson and Judith Slisz, PerSisters
Janée Woods Weber, President, PoliticaCT
Carol Davidge, Quiet nook Shouts!
Gail Berritt and Alisa Trachtenberg, ReSisters
Marta Daniels, protected Vote CT
Beth Hillson, Take action CT
Greg Coleman, together We rise
Dr. Lurline F. deVos, Co-chairperson of UU the Vote, Unitarian Society of latest Haven
Frances Padilla, president, customary fitness Care basis of CT
Jonathan Perloe, Voter alternative Connecticut
Alida Cella, Chair, Wallingford Democratic town Committee
Frances  LaFrance-Proscino. Vice- Chair Wallingford Democratic town Committee
Dr. Sarah Raskin, ladies’s March CT
Carol Luckenbach, ladies United: just Us For All

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