It’s no secret that numerous states are actively taking steps to impede voting access for millions of Americans, which will discourage voting, create more bureaucratic barriers, and depress voter turnout. In recent years Connecticut has taken a different and better path — rightly addressing restrictive laws and making voting easier for all eligible Connecticut citizens. As Connecticut’s former secretary of the state, it was my sworn duty to safeguard and expand the right to vote, which is why I am both very proud of the progress our state has made, but also keenly aware that we have more work to do.
Connecticut is one of only four states — along with Alabama, Mississippi, and New Hampshire — that require all voters to vote in person in a polling place on Election Day unless they present a specific reason why they cannot appear. There is no reason Connecticut citizens shouldn’t have the same opportunities to vote that citizens in neighboring states and the vast majority of Americans have.