Vote Safe Vermont – Government, Voting, Plan Your Vote

Back at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Vermont legislators passed a measure empowering Governor Phil Scott and Secretary of State Jim Condos to enact a vote-by-mail system this year without additional legislation. The Secretary of State came up with a plan to mail every registered Vermont voter a ballot for the general election in November, but when the governor proved reluctant to get on board, the issue moved back to the legislature.

S.348, a bill granting full authority to the Secretary of State to mail all registered voters a ballot for this year’s General Election in November, was met with strong support, passing the Senate on a 21-7 vote and the House 115-29. Ultimately, on July 3rd, Governor Scott allowed S.348 to pass into law without his signature, ensuring that every registered Vermont voter will receive their ballot by mail for the November election.

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Because of the pandemic, Vermont is automatically mailing ballots to all voters.