Connecticut voters overwhelmingly approved early in-person voting, capping a years-long effort to expand ballot access in a state with some of the strictest election laws in the country. In addition to races for governor, Congress, state legislature, and other statewide offices, there was also a question on the ballot this year asking voters whether the state constitution should be amended to allow for early voting. About 60 percent, or 674,002 voters, said yes, according to unofficial results from the Secretary of the State . Connecticut’s constitution currently limits in-person voting to Election Day. Now what happens? When the General Assembly convenes next year, legislators will start crafting a bill to establish an early voting system here. Connecticut is one of only four states without early voting, including New Hampshire, Alabama, and Mississippi. State rules for early in-person voting range, with the average start date 30 days before the election, according to the … [Read more...] about Connecticut passed early voting. What happens next?
Severe thunderstorms and tornadoes ripped through parts of the South between Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday morning, with one in the swarm of twisters killing at least two people in Alabama. While authorities on Wednesday were still assessing the storms' effects, the majority of the damage appeared to be sprawled across Alabama and Mississippi. In spots across the pair of states, residents were surveying mangled homes after storms left only their frames. A tornado struck just north of Montgomery County in the Flatwood community, killing two people - a 39-year-old woman and her 8-year-old son, according to Christina Thornton, director of the Montgomery County Emergency Management Agency. One individual, the husband and father of the victims, was taken to the hospital for his injuries. Thornton said several homes in the Flatwood area were damaged by fallen trees. The damage "is isolated to that area," Thornton said. "All homes have been checked." The National Weather Service … [Read more...] about At least two killed during tornado outbreak in South
This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate 3 The year was 1969, and Melvin C. High, in his mid-20s and new to the nation's capital, was about to make two choices that would define his life. He became a police officer. He went on a blind date. The date was with Brenda, a college student studying to be a teacher. At first, she wasn't sold on the newly sworn D.C. police officer, but with time she came to see the qualities that would make her - and eventually their wider community - fall in love. He was humble, he was sharp, he was steadfast. Within months, they were married. "There was no magic formula or potion," Brenda High said. "We just liked each other and cared about each other." It was the launch of a lifetime together, one that would bring them a family and give Brenda a front-row seat to High's boundary-breaking 53-year career in law enforcement. Together, they were looking forward to High's retirement as … [Read more...] about Melvin C. High broke barriers in policing over 53 years. He died weeks before retiring.