Connecticut

Snapshot: Connecticut has a poor score for ease of voting and top scores for ballot security and the response of its elected officials to claims about the 2020 election.

Ease of Voting

Some measures to expand access
3 out of 7 benchmarks

Ballot Security

Many measures to ensure accuracy and security
8 out of 8 benchmarks

What Politicians Say

Few responses that undermined the 2020 election
4 out of 4 benchmarks

In November, Connecticut voters could improve their score on ease of voting if they approve a proposal to allow early in-person voting.

Spurred by election problems during the coronavirus pandemic, the state legislature put a constitutional amendment that would allow early voting on the ballot.

Currently, Connecticut is one of five states that do not have an early in-person option available to all voters.

State voters rejected a similar constitutional amendment in 2014, 52-48, that would have also removed restrictions on vote-by-mail.

The legislature is considering a separate constitutional amendment on no-excuse vote-by-mail that could be on the ballot in 2024.


Ease of Voting

Is the state making it easy for eligible voters to register and cast a ballot?
Met 0 out of 0 benchmarks
How Connecticut compares to other states
Connecticut
Other states
← Easier to vote
Harder →
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During the pandemic, the legislature temporarily added a coronavirus infection to the list of reasons that a voter could request a mail-in ballot.

In 2022, lawmakers permanently added a more general “sickness” excuse to the list, which includes being out of the area due to military service, physical disabilities, religious reasons or working as an elections official.


Ballot Security

Is the state following best practices to ensure ballot counting is accurate and timely?
Met 0 out of 0 benchmarks
How Connecticut compares to other states
Connecticut
Other states
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Democratic Governor Ned Lamont included in a recent budget $2 million for a public information campaign on voting.

That includes a full-time security analyst who will look for election-related misinformation and rumors on fringe websites and social media and respond, either by flagging them to the social media companies or countering with correct information.

The budget also includes $4 million to upgrade voter registration and ballot counting systems.


How Politicians Responded to the 2020 Election

What did the state do in the aftermath of Trump's defeat?
Met 0 out of 0 benchmarks
How Connecticut compares to other states
Connecticut
Other states
← Fewer efforts to undermine 2020 election
More →
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All of Connecticut’s top officials and members of Congress are Democrats, and believe that Biden’s election was fairly won.


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Story by: Ryan Teague Beckwith and Bill Allison
Graphics by: Paul Murray, Allison McCartney and Mira Rojanasakul
With assistance by: Rachael Dottle, Marie Patino, Jenny Zhang, Gregory Korte, Romy Varghese, Vincent Del Giudice, Nathan Crooks, Margaret Newkirk, Shruti Date Singh, David Welch, Elise Young, Dina Bass, Brendan Walsh, Carey Goldberg and Maria Wood
Editors: Wendy Benjaminson, Wes Kosova, Alex Tribou and Yue Qiu
Photo editors: Eugene Reznik, Marisa Gertz and Maria Wood
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