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."
A year ago, Gov. Phil Scott signed legislation expanding access to mail-in ballots. But some officials believe that law has actually lowered voter turnout in some school elections — enough to possibly change the outcome.
The city’s special election will answer two ballot questions: Should the city government borrow $40 million? Should the Burlington Electric Department borrow $20 million?
From now on, local officials will be required to mail ballots to all registered voters in the weeks leading up to November general elections, like they did last year.
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.
A Senate committee has endorsed a bill requiring local officials to mail ballots to all registered voters for future November elections, and House members say it’s a priority.
The Legislature plans quick action on a plan that would give towns the ability to send out Town Meeting ballots to residents or postpone the date for voting.
‘We saw more Democratic voter turnout in districts that lean Democratic, and Republicans turned up to vote in higher numbers in more Republican areas of the state.’
Some Democrats say they would support permanently expanding the vote-by-mail system. Others say the move could be prohibitively expensive.
Scott also said Friday the state should consider sending ballots to every home for Town Meeting Day in March.
Early data suggests the state’s mail-in voting expansion was utilized widely, with towns seeing on average around 75% of registered voters choosing to cast a ballot that was sent to them.
In some Vermont towns, early voting alone nearly matched voter turnout in a typical year. And polling stations across Vermont Tuesday morning still saw steady traffic for in-person voting.