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Early Voting Amendment will not appear on the ballot in Connecticut

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April 11, 2012

Connecticut

HARTFORD , Connecticut: On Wednesday, April 4, the Connecticut House of Representatives voted 97-50 to approve the Connecticut Early Voting Amendment. This number, however, was shy of the 114 'yes' votes needed to achieve the 75% supermajority required to pass the measure onto this year's ballot. Therefore, it will go back to the legislature next year and, if passed, will then be placed on the ballot in 2014.[1]

Reportedly, disagreements between lawmakers focused on the broad nature of the amendment. According to supporters the amendment is about making absentee voting easier, however, opponents think the measure's language allow for too much. Of the amendment, Representative John Hetherington said, "This is not about absentee voting. ... This is about whether we take all of the language, all of the restrictions [on voting] ... and do away with them."[1]

The full text of the bill can be found here.

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