With the lone Republican dissenting, a Senate committee decided to push a bill overriding Gov. Scott’s ability to say ‘no’ to voting by mail.
“I think the lesson learned here is that we should have stuck to our initial guns, which was keeping the power and the choice with the secretary of state and not adding that agreement with the governor,” Sen. Alison Clarkson, D-Windsor, said during the virtual meeting conducted over Zoom. Sen. Chris Bray, D-Addison, echoed that sentiment. “I don’t know how to understand what the administration’s position is when they say we don’t want to be in the middle of it. Well, there is a way not to be in the middle of it — that is to say henceforth to defer entirely to the chief elections officer in the state of Vermont,” he said.
The proposal could run into opposition from Vermont voters as well. In a recent poll, 53% of registered voters in the Green Mountain State said election officials don’t have the ability to verify the identity of persons filling out mail-in ballots. Less than three in 10 thought mail-in voters could be identified. More than 70% of respondents said identification should be required for anyone to cast a vote."
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