To the Editor:
Why should providing voting flexibility to Connecticut residents a “highly partisan issue?” (“GOP, Dems Clash Over Connecticut Voting Rules,” Aug. 14, 2014)
Thirty-six states and the District of Columbia have already adopted voting flexibility. States as politically diverse as Florida, Texas, Massachusetts and California have early in-person voting. Some states also permit no-excuse absentee ballots. Three have adopted voting by mail.
Currently, our state constitution says that voters must cast ballots on Election Day, with absentee ballots permitted only in limited circumstances. Changing the state constitution will give the legislature authority to consider alternatives. The League of Women Voters of Connecticut believes that this November, voters have a rare opportunity to open a much-needed discussion about how we vote.
Connecticut isn’t starting from scratch. There is practical experience of other states to guide us in cost-effective methods of early voting and providing security against potential fraud. Having an informed discussion rather than relying on fears or unsubstantiated claims — this is the right path for Connecticut.
Judy Dolphin and Gloria S. Bent