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January 19, 2016

CT gets higher marks for access to voting

A new survey shows Connecticut has made major strides in promoting access to voting over the last four years. The review updates a Rock the Vote scorecard that was released in 2011 and found that Connecticut ranked 48th out of 51 jurisdictions.

Implementing reforms such as election-day registration and online-voter registration, among others, raised the score to 11.2 out of a possible 21 points. In 2011, the state had a score of 4.2 points.

Rock the Vote's President Ashley Spillane said in a statement, “In 2011, [we] identified a number of areas related to voting access that were crying out for improvement in Connecticut. By introducing online-voter registration, same-day registration and other programs, the past four years has been time well spent. There’s obviously more to do, but we’re pleased that Connecticut has come such a long way.”

The updated review was carried out by DataHaven, a Connecticut-based nonprofit that collects, interprets and shares public data. It was produced for the forthcoming 2016 Connecticut Civic Health Index report, which will be released this week.

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