The state House of Representatives approved a bill Monday night that would allow residents to register to vote on Election Day.
The bill would also allow eligible Connecticut residents with a driver’s license to register to vote from any computer or mobile device with an Internet connection.
“Passage of this legislation demonstrates Connecticut’s commitment to fair, accessible elections, and I applaud the House for their action on this bill. We’ve sent a clear signal to the rest of the country that Connecticut will not go in the direction of other states," Gov. Malloy said in a statement released on Monday by his office. "Using the technology we have available to preserve the integrity of our elections, expand access to the ballot box, and improve participation in the public process will allow our democracy flourish."
“This is a major step forward in our effort to modernize elections in Connecticut and increase voter participation,” said Secretary of the State Denise Merrill in a press release. “... Change is sometimes hard, but we have a voting system strong and secure enough to allow people to register from any computer or on Election Day. These are reforms that 10 other states have already enacted. Some states such as Maine, Minnesota and Wisconsin have had Election Day Registration on the books for decades, with no compromise in the security or integrity of their elections. These states have seen an increase in voter turnout, which we certainly need in Connecticut.”
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