MADISON, CT —State Rep. Noreen Kokoruda (R-101) said she supports the expansion of absentee voting in the November 2020 election.
“The right to vote in free and fair elections is a cornerstone of American democracy,"she said. "In light of public health concerns surrounding large gatherings, we need to consider expanding absentee voting for the November election to ensure all Connecticut residents are able to vote, in a manner allowed by the Constitution, without impediment or fear of getting sick."
Gov. Ned Lamont recently announced his intention to call the state legislature into Special Session to address mail-in voting procedures for the 2020 General Election.
"In particular, absentee or mail-in voting is an important option for seniors and other populations that are especially at risk of suffering complications from COVID-19 but who would like to exercise their right to vote."
But she noted that election security needs to be addressed.
“With that said, it’s crucial that any plan to expand absentee voting includes provisions to ensure the security of election procedures and that in-person voting remains an option for voters," she said.
"The state must also provide municipalities with the tools and resources to facilitate new voting procedures and protect ballot boxes in the months leading up to Election Day.”