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Following Gov. Ned Lamont's executive order, Texas, Tennessee, Mississippi and Missouri are the only states keeping strict limits on mail ballots for the primaries.

Connecticut joins most states in relaxing excuse rules for absentee voting

Reliably blue Connecticut will allow everyone to vote remotely this summer. Its relaxation of the usual excuse requirements because of the coronavirus leaves only a quartet of red states holding fast to their strict limitations on using an absentee ballot.

Under an executive order Democratic Gov. Ned Lamont signed Wednesday, fear of exposure to the virus will be a valid reason for voting remotely.

Lawsuits are hoping to force the same result in Texas, Tennessee, Mississippi and Missouri, where Republicans run the state governments and are fighting calls to make remote voting universally available until the pandemic ends. Eleven states before Connecticut, five of them under GOP control, had come up with legislative or administrative workarounds to that effect.

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Secretary of State Denise Merrill plans to send out absentee ballot applications to all 2.2 million registered voters in Connecticut.

All will get Connecticut vote-by-mail applications, but most don't qualify

Connecticut will send a ballot-by-mail application to every registered voter, but for now only a relative handful in the state are legally allowed to complete the form.

Democratic Secretary of State Denise Merrill promised the mailing Monday as part of a multifaceted plan to make voting safer and easier during the coronavirus pandemic. But the state has strict limits on who may vote absentee, and the law does not suggest that fear of exposure to a potentially fatal virus is an acceptable reason for not going to the polls in person.

Connecticut is the only blue state among just six that have not yet modified or abandoned such excuse requirements during the Covid-19 outbreak. Unless that happens, there's little reason to expect much more than 6 percent of the electorate — the share of the vote cast by mail statewide two years ago — will have a legal claim to vote from home this year.

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Some Wisconsin voters who had requested absentee ballots had to vote in person because their mail-in ballots did not arrive in time.

Voting during the virus: Missing ballots, missing postage, delayed Democrats

Coronavirus continues to roil the country's elections — not only in states where elections have taken place, most notoriously in Wisconsin, but also in those where voting hasn't happened yet.

A federal judge has ordered Wisconsin's results kept under wraps until next week, to allow ballots mailed in the final hours to arrive and get counted. So for now the focus after Tuesday's chaotic primary is on why so many of those envelopes didn't get to people's houses in time.

Meanwhile, at least five states are making plans to further delay or modify their primaries in hopes the voting can be free of masks and rubber gloves. And election officials in Georgia faced new complaints about their plans for making voting easier in the state's primary.

These are the latest developments:

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USC Election Cybersecurity Initiative: Connecticut

Organizer: University of Southern California — Election Cybersecurity Initiative

Because of the COVID-19 virus, we are facing unprecedented changes to our election landscape. Cybersecurity is more important than ever, and we now have to view it through a different lens. At our virtual workshop, we will be discussing primary date changes, direct mail voting, facts you need to know and best practices for cyber safety. Campaigns, policymakers, thought-leaders and concerned citizens alike need objective, factual tools and information to help them secure campaigns and elections. The USC Election Cybersecurity Initiative is a brand new non-partisan independent project, supported by Google, to help protect campaigns and elections from cyber attacks.

Join us for a virtual workshop, designed to help protect campaigns and elections in this critical election year. Information for joining the call will be emailed to you 24-48 hours in advance of the workshop.

Location: Webinar

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