Last week we cheered California legislators who passed laws that will make it easier to register to vote. Now we want to shine a spotlight on the other coast. In Connecticut, Secretary of State Denise Merrill is looking to build support for election improvements that would incorporate technology and cut costs. She wants to create a more “centralized” election system and encourage greater youth participation. Merrill also expressed support for a constitutional amendment that would allow early voting–an option Connecticut cannot even currently consider because of the state constitution’s restrictive wording.
In discussing her ideas for improving elections in Connecticut, Secretary Merrill emphasized preparedness– particularly in light of last year’s midterm election when some Bridgeport polling sites ran out of ballots. What’s your Secretary of State doing–or not–to improve elections?