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Early voting clears Senate but not by enough for 2020 vote

May 9, 2019

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut voters won’t be asked anytime soon to change the state’s constitution to allow early voting.

While a resolution that would have put the question on the 2020 ballot cleared the Senate by a 23-13 margin Wednesday night, 27 votes — a super majority — were needed. A super majority of the House of the Representatives last month authorized the same resolution.

Advocates now must pass an identical resolution next year in both chambers by simple majorities so the question can appear on the 2022 ballot. If that passes, lawmakers can design and vote on an early voting system.

Democratic Secretary of the State Denise Merrill says it’s “disheartening” most Republican senators opposed the measure. But Senate Republican Leader Len Fasano said the legislation would “open the door to anything.”

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