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Not Enough Votes In House To Put Constitutional Amendment On November Ballot

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ A resolution that would change Connecticut’s constitution to possibly allow more people to vote using absentee ballots has cleared the House of Representatives, but not by enough votes to place the issue before voters in November.

The proposal passed 97-to-50 on Wednesday.

It needed to pass both the House and Senate with three-quarters of the vote in order to have the constitutional amendment question placed on the November ballot. In the House, that would have meant 114 votes.

The state constitution currently restricts absentee ballots to people who are out-of-town, ill, disabled or forbidden by their religion from secular activity on Election Day.

The resolution heads to the Senate. If approved by a simple majority, and reapproved during next year’s legislative session, the question will appear on the 2014 ballot.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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