x
Breaking News
More () »

Lamont signs absentee ballot extension bill into law

Absentee ballots have seen a rise in use across the state and the country since the beginning of the pandemic and during the 2020 election.

HARTFORD, Conn. — Gov. Ned Lamont signed a bill Friday that expands the use of absentee ballot voting in Connecticut.

Effective immediately, House Bill 5262 redefines a "sickness" as an acceptable reason for absentee voting. In addition to a personal voter's illness, it would now apply to a voter taking care of someone else's health, such as an ill relative.

“This slight change better aligns our state laws with that allowed under the constitution,” Lamont said in a statement. “We should be doing everything we can to encourage qualified voters to cast a ballot, and this is a responsible step forward in that direction.”

Absentee ballots have seen a rise in use across the state and the country since the beginning of the pandemic and during the 2020 election.

Ahead of the 2020 election, Secretary of the State Denise Merrill sent ballot boxes to each town and city for people to drop off their election ballot.

Sign up for the FOX61 newsletters: Morning Forecast, Morning Headlines, Evening Headlines

In a unanimous opinion issued in February 2021, the Connecticut Supreme Court determined that the term “sickness” is not limited to an individual voter's illness. The court also determined it included specific diseases, including the COVID-19 pandemic.

Last spring, lawmakers voted to allow early in-person voting on the 2022 General Election ballot. Voters will get to decide whether to add it to the state Constitution for future elections.

“No voter should ever have to choose between protecting their health and exercising their right to vote,” Merrill said in a statement Friday. “The COVID-19 crisis is still with us, and this legislation will ensure that voters will be able to cast their ballots and make their voices heard.”

VERIFY: Yes, the Publishers Clearing House sweepstakes is real, but there are scammers looking to take advantage

RELATED: Ketanji Brown Jackson confirmed to Supreme Court

---

Have a story idea or something on your mind you want to share? We want to hear from you! Email us at newstips@fox61.com

---

HERE ARE MORE WAYS TO GET FOX61 NEWS

Download the FOX61 News APP

iTunes: Click here to download

Google Play: Click here to download

Stream Live on ROKU: Add the channel from the ROKU store or by searching FOX61.

Steam Live on FIRE TV: Search ‘FOX61’ and click ‘Get’ to download.

FOLLOW US ON TWITTERFACEBOOK & INSTAGRAM

Paid Advertisement