Absentee voting has begun in Connecticut, and with an exemption this year that allows voting through mail because of COVID-19, the Secretary of the State’s office is expecting more absentee ballots than in previous years.

Denise Merrill, the state’s top election official, says she’s heard concerns from citizens about whether all absentee ballots will be counted. Adding more tension is the narrative that President Trump is pushing that casts doubt over the integrity of the election.

We spoke to Secretary Merrill about how confident she is in absentee voting and what Connecticut is doing to ensure a fair and accurate election.

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Adam Chiara

Adam Chiara is an assistant professor of communication at the University of Hartford and a multimedia storyteller.