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Conn. Legislature In Special Session To Debate Starting Absentee Ballot Count Early

John Froschauer

Governor Ned Lamont has called Connecticut lawmakers back to the state Capitol for a special session this week to consider allowing local election officials to begin processing absentee ballots the Friday before Election Day.
Lamont said that would give them more time given the large number of expected ballots in this year's presidential election. 

“There’s going to be ten, twenty times more ballots than we’ve had before. And I want to put everybody’s mind at ease  and give the registrars all the flexibility they need to make sure we can count these votes on as timely and accurate basis.”

The General Assembly is scheduled to convene a special legislative session on Tuesday to vote on a package of bills.

There’s also legislation that would change how public utilities are regulated after poor response following Tropical Storm Isaias in August.

Lawmakers are also expected to consider four judicial nominations, including Lamont’s choice to fill a vacancy on the state Supreme Court.

As WSHU Public Radio’s award-winning senior political reporter, Ebong Udoma draws on his extensive tenure to delve deep into state politics during a major election year.