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Connecticut Legislature Favors Absentee Ballots on Religious Holidays

An essential step in adoption of an amendment to the Connecticut State Constitution to enable voting by absentee ballots when election days fall on religious holidays was taken by the State Legislature.

With approval by the State House of Representatives of the proposed amendment, the measure will be placed before both house in 1963. Approval by a two-thirds majority by both houses is necessary to put the measure on the ballot for approval by Connecticut in a referendum at the 1964 election.

The need for such an amendment was dramatized last Passover in New Britain. The city election coincided with the holiday, giving Jewish voters the difficult choice of compromising their religious principles or losing their right to vote. The amendment is backed by the Connecticut Jewish Community Relations Council.