Vote yes on making it easier for Connecticut to vote

FI-Letter-to-the-EditorTo the Editor

If voting is important, why are many states, including Connecticut, limiting people to voting only in person and only on Election Day?

Tradition may be one big reason, but there is also the provision in our state Constitution that mandates that voters must cast their ballots only on Election Day and limits the use of absentee ballots to very limited circumstances. Currently, absentee ballots in case of illness or disability, absence from the town or religious prohibitions from going to the polls on Election Day are available. But you have no freedom to vote in person, for instance, in the week leading up to Election Day, as many do in other states.

In 33 other states and the District of Columbia any qualified voter may cast a ballot in person during a designated period prior to Election Day. No excuse or justification is required.

What can be done by each of us to make voting easier for people who can’t stand in line for a long time, those who have a heavy work-travel schedule and who may unexpectedly work late on Election Day? It will be up to the voters to remove these outdated restrictions by casting a “Yes” vote on the November ballot. Your “Yes” vote will allow Connecticut legislators to consider broader access to other voting methods.

It’s up to each of us to make voting easier for everyone. Vote yes to change the Constitutional Amendment on Nov. 4, 2014.


Maryann Ferrara Ramos

The author is vice president for advocacy with the League of Women Voters, Greenwich.

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