6,000 ballots botched, uncounted in August 11 primary - Seven Days

Of the record 174,000 ballots cast in the primary election last week, 6,000 were discounted - often because they were absentee ballots returned incorrectly. Sec State Jim Condos says it’s because many people were voting by mail for the first time. In November, a record number of Vermont voters will be voting by mail for the first time, due to the first-ever universal vote-by-mail plan.

"Early indications are that at least three times as many people — maybe more — cast “defective” ballots on Tuesday, compared to those cast in recent primary elections. Such ballots are thrown out and not counted. State elections officials said they expected a higher rate of defective ballots this year because many people were voting by mail for the first time.."

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  • Patrick Finnie
    commented 2020-08-23 10:59:37 -0400
    I’m still going to the polling place to cast my vote in person, that is my right, and that is my duty, and there had better not be any reason for me not being allowed to do so !