The Secretary of State Jim Condos wants to mail a ballot to every voter registered for the Nov. 3 general election. Critics say lack of oversight could lead to fraud.
“Vote-by-mail critics worry: can voter fraud be avoided? Saying the risk is minimal, the Secretary of State’s Office argues its plan is necessary to protect voter safety and access if another Covid-19 wave strikes in the fall. “If we wait and run November as an absentee-ballot-by-request election, we fear that town clerks will be overrun with ballot requests and/or we will see a repeat of what just happened in Wisconsin, with long lines, unnecessary exposure, and worst case, as happened in Wisconsin, infected poll workers and voters,” Deputy Secretary of State Chris Winters warned in an email to the Chronicle of the Vermont State House. “We hope we will get agreement from the Governor this week and can set our plans in motion."
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