May 11, 2020/Press Releases

CT Democrats Call for Mail-In Ballots for 2020 Elections

CT Democratic Party Chair Nancy Wyman today endorsed the call for mail-in ballots for the 2020 elections, echoing a move by the state’s top elections official earlier this month.
As Connecticut’s leaders implement a careful plan to reopen amid the ongoing coronavirus threat, Wyman said it is more important than ever that the state embrace alternative, safer methods of doing business.  
“Every voter deserves the right to cast a ballot in the safest possible way,” Wyman said. “We have the ability and the know-how to implement mail-in ballots. Connecticut must move quickly to ensure the best and most effective processes are in place to make that happen in time for the August primaries and for the November election.”
Connecticut’s constitution allows voters to use an absentee ballot if they meet certain criteria, including military service, travel, religious objections, and physical disability. While “illness” is included, that does not include the threat of illness to people who go to voting places. That provision could be amended by a special order of Governor Lamont or an act of the Connecticut General Assembly.
Wyman urged Connecticut’s elected officials to take action as soon as possible to protect the health of the state’s voters and the integrity of the 2020 elections.