HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ The House of Representatives is voting on whether to place a question on the 2014 ballot giving voters the option to expand absentee voting.

If approved, the ballot item would make absentee voting available to all voters, instead of limiting it to those voters who are out of town, sick, disabled or prevented by religious beliefs from voting on Election Day.

Lawmakers disagreed over whether absentee voting should also be expanded to include other forms of early voting such as voting in person prior to Election Day.

The proposal passed the House last year, but did not gain the required three-quarters of support to appear on the 2012 ballot.

If the House and Senate pass it by a simple majority this year, it will appear on the ballot in 2014.
(© Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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