Lawmakers push bill to sideline Scott from election decision - Seven Days

During committee discussions yesterday, Sen. Allison Clarkson (D-Windsor) made sure that the Secretary of State official present repeated the mantra that there is virtually no voter fraud in Vermont. Left unasked was the question: have they been looking?

"We just want to make certain that every Vermonter has the ability to vote safely in what will quite likely be a high-turnout election,” Chris Winters, deputy secretary of state, told the committee. Scott has said he thinks the decision could wait until after the August 11 primary. Elections officials say there isn’t time to switch to mail-in voting by that date, but postcards will remind voters that they can request an absentee ballot. The governor would prefer to move toward restoring a sense of normalcy by holding a regular November election, if possible. Elections officials have countered that the decision needs to be made now because mailing and printing contracts, voter education, and clerk training all need to commence to ensure the election goes smoothly. “We need to get to work without worrying whether the rug is going to be pulled out from under us at a later date,” Winters said."

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  • Patrick Finnie
    commented 2020-05-31 11:33:42 -0400
    I cherish my right to vote, and believe that it is not to much to expect that citizens who choose to do so, and who are legally able to exercise that right should go to a polling place, produce acceptable identification, be checked against a current list of voters, and mark a ballot, then deposit it into an approved ballot collection receptacle. If for whatever reason you are not physically able to vote in this manner, there are already other options available to vote . (mail in, or voting ahead) I just don’t understand or accept the idea that it’s appropriate to mass mail ballots to mail boxes to be marked by whomever takes receipt of them. That’s okay ? Really ? Using COVID 19 as an excuse to promote this idea does not fly as most of those promoting this crapulocity have been doing so since before the pandemic.
  • Michael Williams
    commented 2020-05-31 08:47:00 -0400
    Sending mail in ballots to every voter is a waste and there is too much chance for fraud. There will be major ballot harvesting. Have a normal election! Any voter can request an absentee ballot if they don’t want to vote in person.
  • Mark Maloney
    commented 2020-05-27 20:06:57 -0400
    This is just another Democrat push to make sure they maintain control.