Woodbridge holds municipal elections as voters, activists push to expand voting rights in CT

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HAMDEN/WOODBRIDGE, Conn. (WTNH) — Voters in Woodbridge are headed to the polls for municipal elections. And this comes just one day after voters, activists, and community leaders pushed to expand voter rights in Connecticut in a rally in Hamden.

The rally was held to urge state lawmakers to pass two bills that would expand no-excuse absentee voting and early voting in our state.

Folks here in Woodbridge who want to vote have to come here and do it in person today only, or come up with a good reason they need an absentee ballot. Some people think voting should be easier than that.

That was the message in that rally in Hamden yesterday. They want lawmakers in Hartford to pass two bills that would allow early voting and no-excuse absentee voting. Right now, Connecticut is one of only 7 states nationwide that does not allow early in-person voting, and it is one of only 16 that does not allow all voters to choose to vote absentee if they want. Activists say it sends the wrong message.

Right now, Connecticut is one of only seven states nationwide that doesn’t allow early, in-person voting, and one of only 16 that doesn’t allow all voters to vote absentee if they choose.

Rhonda Caldwell with Hamden Action Now told us Sunday, “What it says is that we’re going to end voter suppression in the state of Connecticut. What the other states like Georgia [are] fighting to keep, we’re fighting to get; we’ve never had it.”

A recent national poll showed 79% of voters support early voting while 73% support no-excuse absentee ballot voting.

For the election in Woodbridge, the Board of Selectmen, Board of Ed and Zoning board are all on the ballot. So is First Selectman, but Beth Heller is running unopposed. Polls are open 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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