Opinion: Vote-by-mail all about access, integrity, Condos says - VT Business Magazine

Secretary of State Jim Condos wants Vermonters to know that the universal vote-by-mail program is all about voter access and health care safety. He says “non-partisan studies have shown repeatedly that widespread voter fraud, including by-mail, just doesn’t happen.” Apparently he hasn’t seen the weekend’s headlines from New Jersey.

“Fair and free elections are the very foundation of our democracy. The right to vote is not only sacred, it is enshrined in our Vermont and U.S. Constitutions, guaranteed for every American citizen. Preserving our right to vote, while protecting the health of every Vermont voter, Town Clerk, and worker at the polls is my #1 priority. Keep in mind that many voters, and many of our volunteer poll-workers, are in a vulnerable, higher risk demographic. To ensure that in-person voting at the polling places can be conducted safely for those working the polls, and those who need to vote in person, we all need to do what we can to reduce high volume in-person traffic at the polls on Election Day.”

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  • Patrick Finnie
    commented 2020-07-06 13:18:26 -0400
    I’m totally against a mass mailing of ballots to people who otherwise would not care enough to get off of their fat, lazy backsides and go to a polling place to be checked off of a verified list of registered voters. Now, consider the possibilities of some going to the wrong addresses, the wrong people filling them out, (who’s there to insure this?) ballots being “lost or miss placed”, the cost of these mailings, and the possibility of abuse by over exuberant vote harvesters. I really don’t view myself as a over achiever or exceptional in any way in my view of voting as being a civic duty, so I can not see what is wrong with actually going to a polling place, stating my name, being recognized by an authorized town official, being checked off of an approved list of registered voters, going into a booth, marking my ballot, and then depositing it into an approved ballot box. If that is too much to ask, then maybe you should stay at home and binge watch The Young and the Restless. (or The P.C. and the Useless)