Results: Connecticut voters overwhelmingly support access to early voting

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  • Connecticut Question 1 allowed early voting for Connecticut voters.

  • Proponents said the measure would allow the state to join 44 other states that allow for early voting.

  • According to Ballotpedia, there was not an organized movement opposing the measure.

An overwhelming majority of Connecticut voters said "yes" on Connecticut's Question 1, which added an early voting amendment to the state's constitution. Polls closed in the state at 8 p.m. Eastern Time.


Ballot measure details

Prior to the passage of Question 1, Connecticut did not allow in-person early voting.

Support and opposition

The campaign for the measure was spearheaded by Yes for Freedom to Vote Early. Supporters argued that Connecticut voters should have the option to vote early like the voters in the majority of other states.

"On Election Day 2022, Connecticut voters will get to decide if they want the option of voting in person before Election day — just like the voters in 44 other states. As Florida, Texas, Georgia, and other states are moving to restrict voting rights, I'm proud that Connecticut is doing the opposite, addressing our burdensome and restrictive laws, and making voting more accessible to every eligible Connecticut citizen," Secretary of the State Denise W. Merrill said in a statement.

According to Ballotpedia, there was not an organized movement opposing the measure, but Republican state Rep. Gale Mastrofrancesco argued against the question.

"It must be done in the right way, there must be protections in place and there must be checks and balances in there. Until we do that– or at least make a step in the right direction to do that, I could not support this," she said, according to the Connecticut News Junkie.

The money race

The measure saw $433,500 in support contributions and $0 in opposition contributions, according to Ballotpedia.

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