My staff and I sat down at the end of February 2020, when it became clear that COVID-19 was more than a flu, that it was something that would have a significant effect on the administration of the 2020 election. Within days, we had organized the first of dozens of weekly meetings with the leadership of the organizations of Registrars of Voters and Town Clerks to plan how we could hold a series of elections (a presidential primary, a state primary and a general election), ensure that every voter who wanted to cast a ballot would be able to make their voice heard, guarantee that every valid vote cast was a vote counted, and protect the health of voters and poll workers alike.
Ultimately, we held one of the most successful elections in Connecticut history, under the most difficult circumstances in at least a century. Connecticut had the most registered voters in our state’s history and, with higher than 79 percent turnout, more voters voted in 2020 than in any previous Connecticut election. More than 650,000 voters voted by absentee ballot, substantially more than ever before, and many did so for the first time. And the rejection rate for absentee ballots was less than 1 percent, a dramatic improvement over 2018.