Secretary of the State Denise Merrill is leading a push to amend the state constitution to allow voters a minimum of three days of voting before Election Day, but the proposal is being panned by Republican leadership, which says Merrill should focus more on protecting the democratic process from voter fraud. The Connecticut Constitution now requires voters to cast their ballots in person on Election Day or meet certain requirements to vote by absentee ballot. The proposed constitutional amendment Merrill announced Tuesday would remove from the constitution restrictions on absentee ballots and require a minimum of three days of early voting.
The question would be on the 2020 ballot if three-quarters of both chambers of the General Assembly approve it this session. If it passes, legislators then would finalize the specifics of how many early voting days there would be and where in each district votes would be accepted.
If the measure fails to garner enough support this session, it would return next year and require a simple majority in both chambers before being sent to a statewide vote. This would prevent the amendment from being in place before the next presidential election.