Connecticut ranks 30th nationally in terms of how easy it is for voters to cast a ballot here, according to a new analysis of voting laws\u00a0in all 50 states.\u00a0 The 2022 edition of the Cost of Voting Index, a nonpartisan academic study that looks at the time and effort required to cast a ballot in all 50 states, follows a flurry of voting laws passed in the wake of the 2020 presidential election. The researchers based their analysis on 10 categories including polling hours, inconvenience, early in-person and mail-in voting, and registration \u2013 with ease of registration and the availability of early voting, both in-person and by mail, weighted most heavily. Connecticut, which ranks towards the bottom half of the country, is among a small number of states that do not offer early voting and allows absentee voting in limited circumstances. Though Connecticut is one of 18 states that allow for same-day voter registration.\u00a0 "To be ranked so low on an issue so critical is unacceptable, but we are working to make things better, including by working to expand automatic voter registration to more state agencies," Secretary of the State Mark Kohler said in a written statement in response to the findings. "Also, one of the ways that we\u2019re hoping to make it more convenient for people to vote is on the ballot this coming election, a constitutional amendment to allow for early voting, and universal access to absentee ballots without an excuse will be on the ballot with the help of the next legislature in 2024." Denise Merrill, the former longtime secretary of the state, is leading a coalition of election advocates who are working to convince voters to support an amendment to the state Constitution this November to allow early voting. In recent years due to the COVID-19 pandemic, state lawmakers in Connecticut, and nationally, have expanded access to mail-in, or absentee ballots, with records number of voters taking advantage. Many states codified those changes into law while other states, driven by concerns about voter fraud, instituted more restrictive measures. Last year, 19 states passed laws that made voting more difficult while 25 states passed measures making it easier to cast a ballot, according to an analysis by the Brennan Center for Justice. Oregon maintained its ranking at the top of the list as the easiest state to vote in due to its automatic voter registration process and all-mail voting. New Hampshire, the most difficult state to vote in,\u00a0continues to fall at the bottom of the list, due to its voter ID law and failing to keep pace with reforms that have taken place in other states such as online voter registration, no excuse absentee voting, and automatic voter registration. Vermont was the only New England state to land in the top ten.\u00a0 Connecticut fell in the latest rankings. The 2020 Cost of Voting Index ranked the state 20th. That year's analysis took into account the recent adoption of automatic voter registration processes, expansion of early voting, new absentee voting laws, and the elimination of pollingstations in some states.