It’s Election Day, and you’re ready to cast your ballot. But do you know if you’re registered? Where to go? Which documents you have to bring?
For many of us, politicians make the registration and voting processes unnecessarily difficult — imposing artificial barriers to favor the groups they want to turn out. And they strike down reasonable calls for change — like allowing people to automatically register to vote while getting their driver’s licenses, or vote by mail — in favor of an archaic, bureaucratic process.
It is time for all eligible Americans to be able to register to vote easily. All unnecessary obstacles to lawful voting need to be removed in favor of increasing turnout. We should also allow more voters to cast their vote prior to, and on, Election Day without physically appearing at the poll or physically showing specified kinds of government issued photo ID.
That means expanding voter access through vote by mail, early voting, and other opportunities that allow more people to participate in the process. Empowering more voters leads to more competition and more accountability for candidates and incumbents.
We must ensure Connecticut has the resources to handle the security and infrastructure needs of expanded voting and vote by mail.
Upgrading our antiquated voting and voter registration processes are vital to ensuring all citizen voices can be heard loudly and clearly in government.