As Connecticut moves toward a future that includes early voting, it’s important to remember this is not new territory. Instead, Connecticut has been nearly alone in prohibiting early voting — it’s one of only four states nationally that has no provision for voting before Election Day other than through restrictive absentee ballots.
Thanks to an Election Day referendum that passed with 59 percent of the vote, an amendment to the state constitution can move forward. It’s been a long struggle to reach this point, but advocates can take pride in knowing they cleared significant hurdles to finally bring the state in line with much of the rest of the country. But the work isn’t over yet.