It’s going to be an unusual election, that much is clear, but it seems that town and city clerks in Connecticut have the situation well in hand, working extra hours and in some cases buying more computers and bringing in extra workers to get the job done.
They have already sent out a bumper crop of absentee ballots and are expecting to process far more than ever before when they are returned — an unknown number, but far more than in 2016. All of this is primarily because the COVID-19 pandemic has many people planning to avoid in-person voting.
“Connecticut voters can confidently and safely cast their votes by the method of their choosing,” said Secretary of the State Denise Merrill, who has made federal funding available to help cities and towns cover the added costs.
A bill passed recently and signed by Gov. New Lamont will also take some pressure off on Election day. Cities and towns now have the option of opening the outer envelope of the absentee ballots, beginning on Oct. 30, and verifying that the voter signed the inner envelope. The inner envelope that contains the ballot may not be opened, however, until Election Day. This will also allow poll workers to know who has already voted by absentee ballot.
All told, it seems that our state is ready for whatever difficulties may arise.