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A polling place at Irving Robbins Middle School in Farmington. Photo by WTIC's Matt Dwyer.

A polling place at Irving Robbins Middle School in Farmington. Photo by WTIC’s Matt Dwyer.

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Secretary of the State Denise Merrill say they’ll be pushing state lawmakers this year to approve legislation allowing voters to register on the web and on Election Day.

Malloy and Merrill on Monday announced several proposals designed to increase voter turnout, expand access to voter registration and preserve voting rights.

The proposed legislation would allow state citizens with valid driver’s licenses to register to vote on the web and allow voter registration on Election Day. Officials also want to improve absentee ballot laws, and increase penalties for blocking or impeding voter access.

The announcement came on the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. Malloy says the proposed laws would honor the memory of the civil rights leader by expanding and assuring access to voting rights.

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