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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