Yes, you read that right. Mandatory, "civic duty" voting.
Specifically, Proposed Bill 5704 would amend Title 9 of the Connecticut General Statutes to require that:
(1) each qualified elector either cast a ballot at an election or provide a valid reason for not so casting a ballot, (2) an election official mail to any qualified elector who did not cast a ballot at an election a form inquiring as to why such elector did not so cast a ballot, and (3) any such elector who did not cast a ballot at an election either respond to such form with a valid reason or be fined for not responding.
The purpose of this legislation is "to institute mandatory voting and incentivize civic engagement”. Incentivizing people with fines? Wonder how that will work?
That brings us to Proposed Bill 5702: An Act Allowing Incarcerated Individuals to Vote and Proposed Bill 5714: An Act Concerning Incarcerated Individuals and Voting, because why not incentivize the civic engagement of inmates? But not all of the proposed legislation coming out of Hartford is bad.
Proposed Bill 379: An Act Concerning the Use of Private Funds By the State and Municipalities for Elections-Related Purposes would prohibit the state or any municipality from accepting funds from private individuals or organizations for the payment of elections-related expenses.
That would mean goodbye to the controversial CTCL grant for Greenwich, if the bill could ever gain enough support, that is.
Which might be near impossible with a democrat supermajority that seems high on power.
Or perhaps that’s just the legal weed.