Lawmakers Mull Early Voting and Cross Endorsements

March 26, 2013 | | Connecticut Post |

HARTFORD -- Connecticut lawmakers are considering allowing early voting during state elections and eliminating cross endorsements by minor parties.

Through testimony and remarks submitted Monday to the government administration and elections committee, early voting garnered considerable support, while eliminating cross endorsements drew sizable opposition.

"I think this is a solution in search of a problem," said Miles Rapoport, a former Connecticut secretary of state, referring to ending cross endorsements.

"This is a step backward. By preventing cross endorsement, it will cast minor parties into a completely irrelevant force," said Rapoport, who now runs Demos, a policy think tank in New York City.