Voting is a fundamental right that ought to be fair and accessible, but Connecticut's voting laws are needlessly restrictive when it comes to voting by absentee ballot.
This week, the CT House voted on and passed a bill that will expand our ability to vote absentee! This bill aligns the statute to what our Constitution actually says ("sickness") vs. what is currently in statute ("such elector's sickness").
Learn more about the bill at The Day and cga.ct.gov.
𝙊𝙪𝙧 𝙘𝙪𝙧𝙧𝙚𝙣𝙩 𝙨𝙩𝙖𝙩𝙚 𝙧𝙚𝙥𝙧𝙚𝙨𝙚𝙣𝙩𝙖𝙩𝙞𝙫𝙚𝙨' 𝙫𝙤𝙩𝙚𝙨:
✅ Yes: Representative Christine Conley
🛑 No: Representative Mike France
𝙑𝙤𝙩𝙚𝙨 𝙛𝙧𝙤𝙢 𝙍𝙚𝙥𝙧𝙚𝙨𝙚𝙣𝙩𝙖𝙩𝙞𝙫𝙚𝙨 𝙬𝙝𝙤 𝙬𝙞𝙡𝙡 𝙧𝙚𝙥𝙧𝙚𝙨𝙚𝙣𝙩 𝙇𝙚𝙙𝙮𝙖𝙧𝙙 𝙖𝙛𝙩𝙚𝙧 𝙉𝙤𝙫𝙚𝙢𝙗𝙚𝙧 2022 𝙬𝙞𝙩𝙝 𝙣𝙚𝙬 𝙧𝙚𝙙𝙞𝙨𝙩𝙧𝙞𝙘𝙩𝙞𝙣𝙜:
✅ Yes: Rep. Kevin Ryan (Democrat, 139th District)
✅ Yes: Rep. Greg Howard (Republican, 43rd District)
🛑 No: Rep. Brian Lanoue (Republican, 45th district)
From State Representative Christine Conley:
"Today, the House passed HB 5262, An Act Revising Certain Absentee Voting Eligibility Statutes, to make it easier for voters to vote absentee if they're feeling unwell, worried about their health, or out of town on Election Day.
To be eligible to cast an absentee ballot, current law requires voters to have a physical disability or illness that prevents them from voting in person or be out of town for at least 14 hours on Election Day.
No voter should ever have to choose between protecting their health and exercising their right to vote. This proposal eases some of the eligibility restrictions for absentee ballots so that more residents can choose this method to cast their ballot."
In response to the pandemic, Connecticut temporarily allowed permits to increase and expand outdoor dining to offer residents a safe way to support their favorite local businesses. Today, the House passed HB 5271 to extend the popular provision through next year and further allow restaurants the ability to safely rebuild their customer base.
Our current state representatives' votes:
Yes: Representative Christine Conley
No: Representative Mike France
Votes from Representatives who will represent Ledyard after November 2022 with new redistricting:
Yes: Rep. Kevin Ryan (Democrat, 139th District)
Yes: Rep. Greg Howard (Republican, 43rd District)
No: Rep. Brian Lanoue (Republican, 45th district)
The bill will next go to the CT Senate!