By the time votes in last week’s historic primary were tabulated, only a quarter of a percent of ballots were rejected. By comparison, 3.5% of primary ballots were deemed defective in 2020, with no way to fix them.
With primary day a week from Tuesday, Vermont’s top election officials said those who are voting early should drop their ballots off in person instead of sending them back through the mail.
Rep. Sarah Copeland Hanzas, D-Bradford, Deputy Secretary of State Chris Winters and Montpelier City Clerk John Odum shared similar political values but found room to carve out distinctions.
Lt. Gov. Molly Gray in Thursday's candidate debate pushed for mail-in voting for the primary. Senate President Pro Tempore Becca Balint says this is Gray's "newfound passion."
After spending much of the legislative session working on a failed plan to address state employee and teacher pensions, the House Committee on Government Operations is finally taking up legislation that would make universal mail-in voting permanent in Vermont.
Burlington voters only have until Feb. 22 to get their absentee ballots in the mail. Ballot drop boxes will be open until March 1 and in-person voting is also available on March 2, Town Meeting Day.