Election Day Question

October 29, 2014

This Tuesday November 4th is Election Day. You will be asked to vote for a change in the state Constitution regarding early voting – a decision you should not take lightly.

Here is the wording of the question you will see on Election Day: Shall the Constitution of the state be amended to remove restrictions concerning absentee ballots and to permit a person to vote without appearing at a polling place on the day of an election?

A “yes” vote on the question means that the State Constitution will no longer protect the rules concerning polling and voting laws. Instead, it will give the power to change the law to the legislature and governor, a select group of 189 people. It will also allow whatever party is in the majority exclusive control over all future changes to voting laws and the ability to decide the future of how and when the 3 million citizens of Connecticut can vote. A yes vote means the power to change voting lies with the legislature, not with the general public.

A “no” vote will protect the current Constitutional laws and thereby require that any future changes to the Constitution be brought to the public for a statewide vote, instead of handing this power over to the legislature. Additionally, current voting rules will remain in place: one day of voting and absentee ballots for people who will be out of town, active military, anyone who is sick, has a physical disability or can’t vote on Election Day because of a religious observance.

In recent years some changes have occurred to the voting laws in the state. Right now you can register to vote in person on the day of an election and voters can register online up until two weeks before an election. Also, teens who are at least 17 years old and who will turn 18 on or before election day, may participate in general primary.

This ballot question concerning voting and our Constitution is extremely important to consider. The integrity of your right to vote and the process must remain secure.