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CT Senate approves joint resolution to allow early voting in state, moves to 2022 ballot for voters

Voters in the 2022 General Election will now decide if they want to approve the amendment or not.

HARTFORD, Conn. — The State Senate passed House Joint Resolution 59 on Thursday, which would put a constitutional amendment to allow early in-person voting on the 2022 General Election ballot for Connecticut voters to decide to add it to the state Constitution.

The amendment passed the House of Representatives on May 6 and was approved in 2019 by a majority in both chambers of the Connecticut General Assembly. 

Secretary of the State Denise Merrill released a statement following the joint resolution passing the Senate, praising the state for working to expand voting laws in Connecticut. 

"On Election Day 2022, Connecticut voters will get to decide if they want the option of voting in person before Election day – just like the voters in 44 other states," said Merrill. "As Florida, Texas, Georgia, and other states are moving to restrict voting rights, I’m proud that Connecticut is doing the opposite, addressing our burdensome and restrictive laws, and making voting more accessible to every eligible Connecticut citizen.

Connecticut is one of seven states in the Union that does not allow early in-state voting. 

"By passing a constitutional amendment for early voting, along with the effort for universal access to absentee ballots, secure absentee ballot drop boxes, and the expansion of automatic voter registration, Connecticut is making it more convenient for our voters to cast their votes and make their voices heard," said Merrill." "I will keep fighting until every eligible Connecticut citizen can register without unnecessary obstacle, and every Connecticut voter can conveniently cast their ballot, by the method of their choosing.” 

The question that voters will see on the 2022 ballot will be: 

“Shall the Constitution of the State be amended to permit the General Assembly to provide for early voting?”

Connecticut also has another joint resolution that would allow no-excuse absentee voting in the state. That bill has moved to the Senate for a vote. 

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