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Vermont adapts election law to address pandemic

Mar 31 2020, 1:59 PM

Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos announced temporary changes to Vermont’s election laws passed by the Legislature and signed into law by the governor to ensure that the state is prepared to safeguard the integrity of elections during the pandemic. 

“Fair and free elections are the foundation of our democracy,” Condos said. “These temporary changes to Vermont’s election laws will allow us to be nimble, and adapt our elections process to ensure every eligible voter who wishes to vote can cast their ballot safely, without increasing exposure or putting their health and the health of other voters, election workers, and candidates at further risk.”

Candidates will no longer have to gather petition signatures for the August statewide primary elections and November general elections. The new law also permits municipal legislative bodies to change upcoming local elections from floor meetings to Australian ballot without requiring a full vote of the town.

— Sarah Asch