Early voting will not occur in Connecticut before 2021, if ever, the House of Representatives determined Thursday. Only a simple majority of representatives approved of asking voters on the ballot whether Connecticut residents should be allowed to vote before election day. Many Republicans voiced concerns that creating more voting days would be expensive for town. Meanwhile, Democrats said the provision would allow more people to access the polls. … The simple majority means major hurdles are ahead before the state constitution could be amended to permit early voting.
If the Senate also approves putting the early voting question on the ballot, the General Assembly will have to take up the matter again – and approve it again – next year. Then, in 2020 the following question would go on the ballot: “Shall the Constitution of the State be amended to allow the General Assembly to provide opportunities for early voting in person during the fourteen days prior to the day of an election?”
f voters say yes, the General Assembly in 2021 would then pass legislation dictating how many days – at least two, but not more than five – during the two week window on which voters could cast ballots early.