House Passes Bill for Ballot Measure on Early Voting; GOP Fails to Win Inclusion of Voter IDApril 20, 2018
The Connecticut House passed a resolution allowing for an early voting measure to appear on a future ballot statewide. Republicans are upset a voter ID amendment was rejected.
On Thursday, the Connecticut House of Representatives approved, by 81-65 vote, a resolution proposing a statewide constitutional amendment allowing for early voting in Connecticut.
The amendment would allow “at least two and no more than five early voting days, and at least eight hours during each early voting day,” in the 14 days before an election.
According to an analysis of the resolution, the majority vote in the House kicks the bill to the Senate. If it passes by majority there, “it will be referred to the 2019 session of the legislature.” If it passes in 2019, “it will appear on the 2020 general election ballot” for all Connecticut voters.
Gov. Dan Malloy (D-Conn.) praised the House for passing the resolution:
“In a democracy, we should be doing everything we can to make it easier for the voters of our state to cast their ballots in elections,” … “In today’s modern world, busy schedules always don’t align with the 14-hour, restricted block of time that our state currently mandates as a voting period. Hardworking folks following the rules should be able to express their most fundamental right to vote.”
Republicans are upset, though, that two amendments they proposed were voted down. One voted down would require “the presentation of a current and valid photo identification containing the name and address of such [voter]” at the polls. The other voted down would require an audit of ballots for those who don’t vote in person.
State Rep. Jason Perillo (R-Shelton) pointed, during floor debate, to an instance of voter fraud in Bridgeport from 2014, from none other than a state representative.
State Rep. Christina “Tita” Ayala, D-Bridgeport, was arrested Friday on 19 voting fraud charges.
Ayala, 31, is accused of voting in local and state elections in districts she did not live, the Chief State’s Attorney’s Office said in a press release.
There is no evidence of widespread voter fraud in Connecticut, but Republicans pointed to incidents like the one involving Ayala as proof that the state should have a voter ID law.
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