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En español | Connecticut voters can cast their ballots early for the first time in 2024, thanks to an AARP-backed early voting bill approved by state lawmakers.
The bill, which Gov. Ned Lamont signed Wednesday, comes after voters overwhelmingly passed a constitutional amendment last November to allow early voting — one of several big wins for AARP in our push to make voting easier.
Under the legislation, residents will have 14 days to vote early for general elections and seven days for most primaries. The law calls for four days of early voting for presidential primaries and special elections.
In a news release, Lamont called the measure’s passage “long overdue.” Once the law is enacted, Connecticut will join 46 other states that allow residents to vote before Election Day.
“In today’s economy, it is not realistic to expect every eligible citizen to travel in person to one specific location during a limited set of hours on a Tuesday to cast their ballot,” Lamont said.
Our Connecticut office worked hard last year to educate voters about the ballot question that paved the way for the legislation, in addition to supporting the bill.
“We look forward to continuing our education efforts as the law takes effect in 2024,” said AARP Connecticut State Director Nora Duncan.
Connecticut is not the only state where we’ve fought to expand voting access. In the last two years, we’ve helped pass ballot initiatives that will increase voting options in Michigan and Nevada, backed new laws making it easier to cast ballots in Rhode Island, Delaware and Massachusetts, and pushed back against bills that would have created barriers to voting in Wyoming, Utah and other states.
Learn more about how to vote in Connecticut, and keep up with our state advocacy work.
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