Generations of Americans have fought for our right to vote. But too often, the right to vote is rendered meaningless without the ability to vote. That's why I'm fighting to modernize our absentee ballot laws and ensure that every citizen has an opportunity to participate in elections.
When I was in college, I sat down with a friend to apply for an absentee ballot from our respective states. She was from Virginia, and in a matter of minutes she had completed an online application to vote absentee. Unfortunately, the process for a Connecticut voter was far more complicated. I had to fill out a paper absentee ballot application, buy envelopes and stamps (not something you find in most dorm rooms these days) and mail it to Town Hall.