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Senate Approves Election Day, Storm Reponse Bills

In a rare Saturday session, the state Senate approved passed two bills, according to the Hartford Courant.

 

In a rare Saturday session, the state Senate approved the contentious with a 19-16 vote and the bipartisan with a unanimous vote, according to the Hartford Courant.

The Election Day voter registration bill, which will allow residents to register to vote on Election Day and create online registration for residents with driver's licenses, was approved by the House last week and will now await Gov. Malloy's signature. Republicans and Democrats continued to clash over the bill right up until the vote because Republicans believe will make it easier for people to commit voter fraud.

“Despite the pervasive climate across the U.S. to restrict voting rights, Connecticut has moved in the opposite direction — one that ensures the integrity of our electoral process and fair, accessible elections," Malloy said in a statement released by his office. "People are the key to our democracy, and this legislation improves participation in the most fundamental way — the ballot box. I applaud the General Assembly action on this bill.”

Malloy also applauded the Senate's passing of the storm response bill, which will authorize PURA to develop standards for all utilities’ responses to emergencies, storms and natural disasters if passed.

“Emergency preparedness is a process that must continue to evolve," he said. "This bill makes sure that we’ve taken the best of the recommendations of both the and Reports and put them into practice."

The bill will now go to the House of Representatives.

Bill Hillman May 07, 2012 at 03:54 PM
Just confused, non-citizens can have drivers' licenses... and I do understand that while a sworn statement that one is a citizen is a required answer on the current voter registration forms, what, if anything is addressed in this bill to see that elections are not "hijacked" at the last minute by those not really eligible to vote. Even with the present and flawed system, there's at least some time to make corrections or for the registrars to reasonably guarantee accuracy of their lists in advance of election day. The bill will let stand an election even if swayed by those later found to be ineligible. So how will this be addressed in this new world?

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