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Connecticut Poised To Become Vote-By-Mail State, But Opposition Remains

Matt Rourke

Connecticut’s Secretary of the State plans to ask lawmakers to allow any registered voter to cast an absentee ballot in future elections. But the president of Connecticut’s Town Clerks Association says the state lacks the resources for widespread mail voting.

A record number of residents were allowed to vote by mail for the first time this year due to the pandemic. Anna Posniak is president of the association and Town Clerk in the City of Windsor. She is one of several local election officials in charge of absentee ballots.

Posniak wants the state to review the process, which required towns hire and train new workers and offer overtime to process absentee ballots.

She said states that offer universal vote-by-mail for every election have more infrastructure, technology, and larger staffs trained solely to do mail voting.

Connecticut is one of six states that require a legal excuse to vote absentee.

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Cassandra Basler comes to WSHU by way of Columbia Journalism School in New York City. She recently graduated with a Pulitzer Traveling Fellowship, which means she has two years to report on an issue anywhere in the world (she's still figuring out where she'd like to go). She grew up just north of Detroit, Michigan, where she worked for the local public radio affiliate. She also wrote about her adventures sampling the city cuisines for the first guidebook to be published in three decades, Belle Isle to 8 Mile: An Insider's Guide to Detroit. Before that, Cassandra studied English, German and Urban Studies at University of Michigan. When she's not reporting on wealth and poverty, she's writing about food and family.
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