As an organization committed to the liberties guaranteed by our Constitution, the ACLU of Connecticut strongly supports a free and fair voting system to uphold the foundational cornerstone of our democracy: the right to vote. We therefore support this measure, which clarify that Connecticut law allows people who are in line to register to vote by 8 p.m. on Election Day are able to cast a ballot that day.
To be clear, the ACLU of Connecticut believes that current Connecticut law already allows anyone in line to register to vote by 8 p.m. on Election Day to cast a ballot that day. As the Secretary of the State issued incorrect guidance to registrars in 2016, however, it is clear that Connecticut law would benefit from the additional clarity that this bill would provide. There are many good reasons why someone would need to register to vote on Election Day. These voters deserve an equal opportunity to participate in our democracy.