Caledonia County Sen. Joe Benning said passing a new bill to exclude Gov. Phil Scott from the 2020 election vote-by-mail decision-making process won’t be easy for supporters. And the Senate chair that moved the bill through her committee seems unaware of the national brouhaha over mandatory vote-by-mail.
“Sen. Joe Benning (R-Caledonia) asked Gov Ops Chair Sen. Jeanette White (D-Windham): “Can I ask you whether you’re familiar with any litigation going on around the country that has sought to block these efforts?” Sen. White: “Not that I know, and I do know that in some states this is seen as highly partisan, but I also know that Idaho which is considered a very red state has been doing this kind of voting for a number of years so it isn’t it isn’t really a partisan issue at all.” If Sen. White is comparing the Vermont plan to Idaho’s, she is incorrect in at least one important aspect. Although due to the pandemic the Idaho May 19 primary election was conducted solely by absentee ballot, the State of Idaho website clearly says specifically that voters must request absentee ballots. By contrast the Vermont plan would unilaterally mail ballots to all registered voters."
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