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.
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.
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."
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.
The bill requires officials to mail ballots to all registered voters in the weeks leading up to November general elections, making changes introduced during the pandemic permanent.
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.
The legislation would require local officials to mail ballots to all registered voters in the weeks leading up to future November elections.
Although 45% of Republicans believe that voter fraud is a major problem, researchers and election officials have repeatedly made clear that voter fraud is extremely rare in the U.S.
"The intention here is to give that flexibility for towns to be able to either move their date of their annual meeting, or to decide to mail ballots to voters."
When the Vermont Legislature convenes this week, it will pick up where it left off: How to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic and the economic crisis it spawned.