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Expansion Of Absentee Voting Moves Forward A Step

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ A resolution that could eventually lead to changing Connecticut’s constitution and allowing more people to vote with absentee ballots has received final legislative approval.

The Senate approved the resolution Wednesday on a 21-14 vote. It already passed the House of Representatives, but not by enough votes to place the issue before the voters in November.

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.

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. If the same resolution is 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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