Patricia Billie Miller


Patricia Billie Miller



May 31, 2023

Sen. Miller Votes for Senate Passage of No-Excuse Voting Bill and Early Voting Legislation

HARTFORD – Today, state Senator Pat Billie Miller (D-Stamford) voted to advance two popular pieces of legislation crucial to creating more ease of access at the polls. The first, no-excuse absentee ballot voting will remove the Connecticut constitution’s current, multiple restrictions on absentee voting and allow for “no-excuses” absentee voting if Connecticut residents approve of that when the question is placed on the 2024 general election ballot. The second, early voting establishes a framework for early, in-person voting for all general elections, primaries, and special elections in Connecticut held on or after January 1, 2024.

“I am proud to support no-excuse absentee voting and early voting as both of these measures strengthen our democracy and put equity at the forefront of voting in our state,” said Sen. Miller. “Balancing the duties of work, home and possibly children can eat up a large portion of voters’ time, making it difficult to make it to the polls before they close. It is unfair and undemocratic to enable a system to persist in which the obligations of everyday life can prevent residents from voting. Early voting and no-excuse absentee voting has been successful in our state when we enabled people to vote in this manner due to COVID precautions and is very popular. I’m happy to support both.”

No-Excuse Absentee Voting

Under current Connecticut law, voters can only vote by absentee ballot if they’re going to be out of town on Election Day, sickness, if they’re on active military duty, because of a religious prohibition, or if they are poll workers who will be working all day in another town.

But 27 other U.S. states already allow for no-excuse absentee voting, including the deep Red Republican states of Arizona, Florida, Idaho, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Wyoming.

On a related matter, Last fall, 60% of Connecticut residents voted to amend the state constitution to allow for early voting.

Early Voting

The Democrat-led state Senate this evening gave final passage to House Bill 5004, “AN ACT IMPLEMENTING EARLY VOTING.”

Democrats passed the bill in the House and Senate after 60% of Connecticut voters approved of an early voting change last fall to the state constitution. Forty-six American states already allow some form of early voting.

Specifically, the bill requires a 14-day early voting period for general elections, a seven-day period for most primaries, and a four-day early voting period for special elections and presidential preference primaries.,/p>

Every city and town in Connecticut must establish at least one early voting location and may establish more. Early voting locations must be open from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., including weekends, except that on the last Tuesday and Thursday before the election, the locations must be open from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.,/p>

The bill also sets various requirements and procedures for early voting including voter eligibility, same-day election registration, ballot custody, staffing and training, and materials.

The bill now heads to Governor Ned Lamont for his signature of the bill into law.