Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont is getting high marks from a songwriting Legend for restoring voting rights to thousands of former prison inmates.
This week, Lamont signed a bill into law that will make voting access in Connecticut easier, as well as increasing opportunities for absentee voting and creating more secure in-person voting.
The news drew the attention and praise of many, including 12-time Grammy winner John Legend, who took to social media to give the governor a pat on the back.
“With @GovNedLamont’s signature Connecticut just restored voting rights to thousands of citizens who served their time in prison & now play a vital role in their communities,” he posted on Twitter.
“Thank you @SOTSMerrill @CTHouseDems @CTSenateDems for your leadership. Now let’s #FreetheVote everywhere!”
Lamont replied to Legend, thanking him and adding that “the right to vote is fundamental to any healthy democracy and I hope people from Connecticut all the way to California see that and join us.”
The governor also echoed Legend’s words in celebrating Secretary of State Denise Merrill - who will not be running for re-election in 2022 - for her work in getting the legislation passed.
“At a time in history when some of her counterparts across the nation are working to enact provisions that block access to voting, she has worked tirelessly to ensure that every eligible adult has the ability to cast a ballot with ease and not need to jump through endless bureaucratic hoops to practice their democratic rights,” Lamont said.
“As Connecticut’s voting laws evolve in the future making it easier for all of us to vote, I’ll be thinking of how Denise fought tirelessly for these changes.”
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