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Scott on mail-in voting efforts: ‘I’m not going to stand in their way.’

May 11 2020, 12:07 PM

Gov. Phil Scott on Monday said that he remains “uncomfortable” with taking any immediate action on mail-in voting for the November elections, but added that he would not block legislative efforts to move forward without his approval. 

“I’m just saying, I’m not comfortable making this decision right now, but if the Legislature wants to take other action, I’m not going to stand in their way,” Scott said. 

Scott has said he would prefer to wait until August — once primary races have been settled and November ballots are ready to be printed — before deciding whether to move forward with an election-by-mail. 

Legislation passed last month requires Scott and Secretary of State Jim Condos to agree on the election format. The Legislature would have to pass new legislation to override that clause, if it wants to move forward with mail-in balloting, though Scott would eventually have to either sign the bill or let it pass into law.

— Colin Meyn