New Survey reveals improvements in states voting access

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HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — A new report by a Connecticut based non-profit has made major strides in promoting access to voting over the last four years.

DataHaven, a data collection agency that interprets and collects public data,  has updated a Rock the Vote scorecard that was released in 2011 and found that Connecticut ranked 48th out of 51 jurisdictions (or a score of 4.2 out of a possible 21). The review found that due to new reforms like Election Day registration and online voter registration, CT’s score has raised to an 11.2.

The review was produced for the forthcoming 2016 Connecticut Civic Health Index report, which will be released next week.

The report is a unique evaluation of the depth of citizen engagement through a variety of indicators like voting, volunteering and other forms of community involvement, based on an analysis of the Census Current Population Survey and other locally-available data sources.The report will be released on January 19 by a coalition of groups including the Secretary of the State, Everyday Democracy, the National Council on Citizenship and DataHaven.

“We estimate that Connecticut would be much more highly ranked in a national assessment than it was in 2011, if the same method were used to compare all states.” said Mary Buchanan, Project Manager at DataHaven.

Secretary of the State Denise Merrill said progress is good, but only if it provides momentum to do more.

“Online and Election Day Registration have been huge successes but there’s more we must do. Connecticut can and will be a model to the nation for ease of voting and civic participation,” said Merrill.

 

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