(Hartford, Conn. WTIC)-Connecticut Secretary of the State Denise Merrill testified today on two measure to expand voting.
Both would amend the state Constitution. One calls for early voting and the other expands access to absentee ballots to all voters without an excuse.
Merrill testified before the Government, Administration and Elections Committee that the issues are not partisan and that several states have already adopted them.
Southington State Senator Rob Sampson says he endorses the proposals but believes more details are necessary before the Constitution can be amdended. He also beleives greater safeguards should be in place for use of absentee ballots.
Merrill says in the 2020 election, about 35 -percent voted by absentee ballot. Usually that figure is about five percent. The increase is largely attributed to the Pandemic.