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.
“Because of the national news, there are more concerned calls” about whether the election count will be safe and sound, one local official notes.
The pandemic is creating unusual circumstances for this year’s general election — but local officials on the frontlines say the proper safeguards are in place.
Vermont has gone farther than almost any other state this year in making sure that residents can vote safely during the COVID-19 pandemic.
It’s a known fact that the more convenient voting can be made for our citizens, the more people will vote. In Vermont you can register to vote on any day up to and including the day of the election.
But Americans in all 50 states have begun to lose faith that our elections give everyone a fair shot at winning. Vermont’s elections cannot be just “good enough” to pass legal muster.
State and local officials say that if Vermont voters haven’t received mail-in ballots, they can still request them from town or city clerks.
Sanders, Leahy and Welch say the machine is critical to processing mail-in ballots before the Nov. 3 election.
After the president asked his supporters to engage in poll watching, Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos and Attorney General TJ Donovan warned that voter intimidation is illegal.