At the EDR forum at Wesleyan last night, Chairman Spallone was asked what election law legislation they will be take up this session. Here is the list (in my words):
On the early voting amendments, it sounds like the absentee balloting reform is more likely, because it would have little to no fiscal impact, and because Republicans attempted to add it to the Under 17 Constitutional amendment last session (it failed, largely because it hadn’t had a public hearing). That said, Rep. Reeves, who used to be a registrar in Wilton, suggested that any cost for early voting may be able to be absorbed, if planned correctly (for example, one polling place per town, in the town clerks office, using the existing voting machine that is currently only used on election day to count ABs).
After the event, I was able to ask him about the National Popular Vote initiative, and he said it was on the GAE agenda, and would likely be taken up as well. In the past, that bill has cleared GAE, but not received a vote on the floor.
A couple of things to keep an eye on.