General election universal vote-by-mail could be OKed this week - Vermont Daily

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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  • Patrick Finnie
    commented 2020-05-10 17:39:11 -0400
    Sorry but I just don’t trust those that say we should all be voting through the U.S. mail. That’s not going to be free ! Do these folks want to do this to help bailout the failing U.S. Postal system ? I think not. So it’s because of COVID ? No, some have been promoting this since long before this pandemic. Is it to make it easier for me ? If I wanted to, I can already get it mailed to me and vote on an “absentee ballot”. So why is it so important that everybody gets their ballots through the mail, and mails them back ? I kind of like going down to the town hall, saying hi to the Clerk and J,P.s and getting my ballot in person, getting recognized by them, being checked off on their list, marking my ballot, and placing it into the machine. Is this really that inconvenient ? are they just that lazy? or is there an ulterior motive that causes them to want to bypass the security and accountability of voting in person ? I’d be willing to bet that a lot of the people pushing this initiative would go to Montpelier to protest this, but will not cross the street to go to a polling place to vote. Curious …..