Sending ballots to 440,000 voters for the general election Nov. 3 cost the state $1.5 million in postage alone. Town Meeting Day voting could cost much more.
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.
The directive will require election observers who want to challenge a person’s right to vote to register with town clerks four days before the election.
Vermont has gone farther than almost any other state this year in making sure that residents can vote safely during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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.
No voter should have to choose between their health and their right to vote. We do have a safe, secure and accessible solution available to us.
This year the Vermont Secretary of State’s office is sending ballots directly by mail to every active, registered voter between Sept. 21 and Oct. 1.
Secretary of State Jim Condos says the general election ballots would be mailed to all active voters no later than Oct. 1.
Officially, 174,242 people cast ballots — smashing the previous primary record. Candidates have filed for recounts in at least one Senate and one House race.
Vermont Secretary of State Condos attributed the high turnout to the pandemic and to contested statewide races on both the Democratic and Republican ballots.
Democratic strategists are implementing a pandemic absentee ballot chase program ahead of the primary, as it is expected that voter data will reign supreme in the general election.
Make sure that you exercise your right to participate in our democracy in whatever way you decide is best for you.
The secretary of state says there is no guarantee ballots mailed later will be counted.