Media Kit
Talk to us

News Apr 19, 2012 - 8:38 AM

Merrill praises Senate passage of constitutional amendment to allow modernizing elections

By Secretary of the State Denise Merrill's office

Font size: Small Big
Email this article
 Printer friendly page
Share this article:
facebook Yahoo! MyWeb Digg reddit Furl Blinklist Spurl
Buy the "As seen on" mug
Hartford, CT - Secretary of the State Denise Merrill Wednesday praised the Connecticut State Senate’s passage of a resolution providing for an amendment to the Connecticut State Constitution empowering the General Assembly to enact greater flexibility in crafting election laws relating to absentee ballots, early voting and other options. House Joint Resolution No. 2 was endorsed by a vote of 21-14 in the State Senate today. The measure passed the Connecticut House on April 4, 2012 and will return for the 2013 legislative session. Passage of House Joint Resolution No. 2 in the 2013 legislative session will send the constitutional amendment to the ballot for ratification by the voters of Connecticut in November 2014.

“We now have a three-step process in place for changing the Constitution of our state to allow Connecticut voters cast their ballots in a way that works better with their busy mobile lives, and we have taken the major first step,” said Secretary Merrill, Connecticut’s Chief Elections official. “I commend both Senator Gayle Slossberg, the Senate chair of the GAE Committee, and Senate Majority Leader Marty Looney and Senate President Don Williams for their leadership in seeing this resolution through to passage. I look forward to raising this resolution again next year and giving the citizens of Connecticut the power to modernize our elections.”

The amendment, House Joint Resolution 2, “Resolution Proposing an Amendment to the State Constitution to Grant Increased Authority to the General Assembly Regarding Election Administration,” would amend the state constitution by removing an 80-year-old provision that restricts absentee voting to those who are absent from the town, ill, disabled or forbidden by their religion from secular activity on Election Day. If passed, the legislature would be able to craft laws making absentee ballots available in more circumstances or without voters needing a specific reason. So called “no excuse absentee balloting” is currently available in a majority of states. The amendment also would remove the requirement that in-person votes be collected on Election Day, a technical change that would permit the legislature to enact some form of early voting or mail-in voting. If the resolution had received ¾ support in the General Assembly this year, it would have been placed on the ballot this year.

© Copyright by Some articles and pictures posted on our website, as indicated by their bylines, were submitted as press releases and do not necessarily reflect the position and opinion of, Stamford Plus magazine, Canaiden LLC or any of its associated entities. Articles may have been edited for brevity and grammar.

Possibly related or similar articles:
Secretary Merrill Presents National Award to Four Connecticut Winners - Jun 15, 2017 - 7:51:08 AM
Merrill: Connecticut is ready to vote! - Nov 8, 2016 - 7:42:46 AM
Last day to register to vote before Election Day - Nov 1, 2016 - 6:21:32 AM
Primary Results to be Audited at Selected Polling Locations - Aug 24, 2016 - 3:48:17 PM
Important primary deadlines approaching - Aug 2, 2016 - 2:41:39 PM

Note: We reserve the right to delete posts at any time if we decide that they are offensive or distasteful.
First County Bank and First County Bank Foundation To Be Recognized At SilverSource Golf Fundraiser
Local filmmakers show how they made IMAX movie "Backyard Wilderness" at the Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk
GasBuddy: Gas prices in CT up 10 cents last week
National Infant Immunization Week is April 21-28
Connecticut Senate Passes Bill Equalizing Access to Higher Education and Institutional Aid for Immigrant Students

Top of Page
 is part of the Canaiden Online Media Network.
Stamford Plus Online | Norwalk Plus Online | | Best of Norwalk | Best of Stamford | Hauterfly Magazine |

Copyright ©2005-2010 Canaiden,LLC All Rights Reserved.