Testimony on HB 6660: An Act Implementing the Governor’s Budget Recommendations for General Government

Appropriations Committee

March 24, 2023

Submitted by: Stephen Wanczyk-Karp, LMSW

 On behalf of the National Association of Social Workers, CT Chapter representing nearly 2,300 members we urge the Appropriations Committee to fully fund the costs associated with early voting. The voters spoke clearly on Election Day that our state residents want the option of early voting. Adequate funding for municipalities is necessary to properly implement the early voting option.

Municipalities of 50,000 residents or more must allow for multiple voting locations. There is a need for public education as to the times and locations for early voting, especially for the first election cycles. Early voting must be allowed during the period of 2 weeks prior to Election Day, with evening and weekend hours to assure accessibility.

Voting is the basis of a democracy and as such it should be conducted in ways that makes voting an equal, positive experience for all voters. NASW/CT sees voting as a right of every eligible resident. CT is finally allowing for early voting that eases voting restrictions and makes it possible for all who want to vote to have an easily accessible time and place to vote. Fully funding early voting will assure that the promise of early voting becomes a reality.

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