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Conn. residents to decide on whether to allow early voting

Just four states — Alabama, Connecticut, Mississippi and New Hampshire — lack an in-person early voting option for all voters. Connecticut’s November ballot will feature a proposed constitutional amendment authorizing the Democratic-led General Assembly to create an early voting law. A similar ballot proposal failed in 2014.

The proposed change would simply remove an outdated provision in the state constitution that the results be delivered “under seal.”

Local officials in the late 1700s and early 1800s delivered election results — not ballots — to state officials in a package sealed by hot wax. The practice has long been discontinued, but the constitutional requirement can only be removed with an amendment approved by voters.

If the measure is approved, voters will still return their ballots sealed in two envelopes. Local officials will also still be required to deliver election results to the secretary of state’s office, both electronically and by mail in a sealed envelope.

The referendum, as it appears on the ballot, reads: “Shall the Constitution of the State be amended to permit the General Assembly to provide for early voting?”

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