“As secretary of state, I want to assure the public that these administrative delays do not impact the 100% confidence that we have in the accuracy of the vote totals for all the candidates as reported by the town clerks,” Condos said Tuesday.
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.
An attack on elections is an unfounded accusation of your neighbors, friends and local public servants. Even worse, it threatens to erode the public’s confidence in democracy itself.
Although they share a similar set of basic values, the three Democrats have sought to distinguish themselves by emphasizing their backgrounds and priorities.
More than a quarter of the ballots have already been returned, according to the Secretary of State’s office.
Many Vermont towns have received their ballots for the Aug. 9 primary election, signaling the kickoff of early voting.
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.
Battleground districts in Franklin County and across the state could determine whether Democrats hold the power to override the governor’s vetoes in the next legislative session.
The June 7 forum will feature Rep. Sarah Copeland Hanzas, Montpelier City Clerk John Odum and Deputy Secretary of State Chris Winters.
The debates — some of which will take place in person and all of which will be livestreamed — will include major party candidates engaged in competitive primary campaigns.
The Bradford Democrat has chaired the House Government Operations Committee since 2019. The panel has jurisdiction over many of the same state functions overseen by the secretary of state’s office, including public records laws, elections and governmental ethics.
After a decade overseeing elections at the local level, Odum, 54, said he’d like to scale up his grassroots experience statewide. A former IT specialist for campaigns who is also a certified ethical hacker, Odum said he also brings a uniquely informed perspective to the conversation around election security.
The Zoom chat should be used only for technical or logistical communications, not policy discussions, according to legislative leaders. But messages vanish after each meeting ends.
Winters, who has worked at the office for 25 years, announced his run on Thursday, pitching his candidacy as a continuation of the work he’s been doing for years.