There will be a constitutional question on the Nov. 4 ballot asking residents to empower the state Legislature to consider changes to the way people vote. The Connecticut Constitution states that ballots must be cast in person on Election Day with only a few exceptions: illness or disability; absence from the town; or religious prohibitions from going to the polls on the scheduled day. The ballot question will read: “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?”
As long as these restrictions are in the constitution, the General Assembly cannot pass a law that changes them; it also can’t pass laws related to any type of voting other than in-person on Election Day, according to the state Office of Legislative Research.
Connecticut League of Women Voters co-president Judy Dolphin, of Ledyard, said the constitution’s administrative language is specific where it should be overarching.
“If we remove that language, people can encourage the Legislature to look at other options,” Dolphin said. “Thirty-six other states in the country have more voting options than we do.”