1. Senate Passes a No-Excuse Absentee Ballot Bill

    Senate Passes a No-Excuse Absentee Ballot Bill

    Meeting for the first time since COVID-19 forced the closure of the State Capitol in March, the Connecticut Senate voted  35-1 Tuesday for final passage of legislation allowing no-excuse absentee ballot voting as a public health precaution in November.

    Gov. Ned Lamont promised to quickly sign the measure that temporarily expands the definition of “sickness” in state voting law to cover concern over getting COVID during the pandemic, rather than being ill and unable to vote. It gives every voter the ability to vote by absentee ballot. An executive order provides voters with the same option in the August 11 primary.

    “This legislation recognizes the unique moment we’re in,” said Sen. Mae Flexer, D-Windham, who presented the bill to ...

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