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Fine for not voting proposed by local lawmaker

More than two dozen bills about voting have been introduced in Connecticut this legislative session, some aimed at encouraging easier participation, others to put more checks on the system.  Redding state Senator Will Haskell proposed a  compulsory-voting bill, with a $20 fine for registered voters who don't cast ballots.  He acknowledged that it's not likely to go anywhere, but wants it to start the conversation on how to encourage voting.  He believes that if mandatory voting became law, it would make accessibility to the polls or ballots easier.  House Minority Leader Vincent Candelora called the proposal a tone-deaf absurdity and a reverse poll tax.

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