Deb Billado: Condos’ mail-in-voting scheme a recipe for voter fraud

Editor’s note: This commentary is by Deb Billado, chairwoman of the Vermont GOP.

Secretary of State Jim Condos (a Democrat) is proposing that Vermont allow so-called mail-in-voting.  Ballots would be mailed to all registered voters in Vermont. Republican Governor Phil Scott has rightly pushed back with his concerns — and many other concerns have been shared in the numerous comments to this and other articles on the subject.  And, yes, voter fraud is real.

Governor Scott points out that the November election is nearly half a year away, and to decide now about the impact of the virus on the election is entirely premature. Businesses will adjust and be open to the public and voting at the polls can as well. How about considering staggering the election over several days to accomplish social distancing or providing special times for the elderly and immune compromised people to vote? If grocery stores can do it, so can our government. There are many other good ideas out there as well, I am sure. Share yours with the governor on his website comment line.

Vermont voters who cannot make it to, or who feel uncomfortable in being at, the polls can request an absentee ballot. A request for a ballot can be made online, by mail or at a Town Clerk’s Office. In this way voting can be done by mail or also can be in-person at the Town Clerk’s Office up to 45 days before an election.

Deborah Billado, chair of the Vermont GOP

Vermont, with its small state voting population is prime country for remarkably close elections, making it particularly sensitive to any improper voting. In 2016, in a Vermont state House seat race, the outcome was determined by one vote out of 2,000 votes cast. In such a race there is no room for any fraud. These same contestants, in a previous 2010 race, had their outcome also  decided by one vote, with the other candidate being the winner.

Secretary Condos has previously resisted any attempts at addressing or even examining the extent of voter fraud in Vermont. Being that there are adequate means available, we must not institute an unnecessary procedure that has great potential for voter fraud. The real concern should be why Condos, the person who is responsible for the integrity of our elections, is so dismissive of any voter fraud concerns and so eager to take on a procedure fraught with danger. Third-party organizations have found Vermont’s elections are at risk of integrity vulnerabilities. Serious hacking attempts have already been made against Vermont voting records. And despite the frequent talk of Condos’ plan to sure-up Vermont’s election system before the proposed mail-in voting, not much of a “plan” really exists at all.

It is also important to note that Secretary Condos is moving ahead with in-person voting for the August primaries and only wants the change for the general election. He would be calling for an immediate switch to mail-in voting for the primaries, too, if it were safety for the voters he was seeking. It is obvious the reason why the Democrats want mail-in voting and there is recent evidence of that. After California Governor Gavin Newsom (a Democrat) tweeted that California would be switching to mail-in ballots, Sam Donnelly, a Burlington Democratic Party delegate and former Burlington Democratic Party chair, bragged in reply, tweeting that “Biden’s margins are about to go [up].” This is clearly a power-play by the Vermont Democratic Party to boost their vote counts and they have admitted it as such. It is because Republicans want and are willing to take their chances in a fair, fraud-free election that they are in opposition.

The individuals and groups pushing the governor to adopt mail-in voting are Democrat/Progressives and include Democrat candidates for governor Rebecca Holcombe and David Zuckerman, currently Vermont’s lieutenant governor, in addition to organizations such as VPIRG, Rights & Democracy, and many more.

If the Democrats/Progressives have their way with mail-in voting, Republicans will have to turn out voters to not only win the majority but to overcome the fraud that for certain will occur. Please support the governor in his opposition to the Condos mail in voting scheme.

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8 thoughts on “Deb Billado: Condos’ mail-in-voting scheme a recipe for voter fraud

  1. Condos claims there is no mail-in fraud, because he has no way to find out and neither do the TOWN CLERKS.

    Why is that?

    According to interviewed Town Clerks:

    1) IN MANY CASES, VALID, VERIFIED SIGNATURES ARE NOT ON FILE

    2) IN MANY CASES, RECENT PHOTO IDs, COPIES OF BIRTH CERTIFICATES, AND COPIES OF CITIZEN PAPERS ARE NOT ON FILE.

    3) VOTER LISTS ARE RIDDLED WITH NAMES OF PEOPLE WHO HAVE DIED AND WHO HAVE MOVED AWAY

    In to-day’s world that is absolutely crazy.

    CONDOS HAS KNOWN THIS FOR YEARS

    He is Dem/Prog-agenda driven.
    He does what he told by the elite.

    They command: MAIL-IN, COME HELL OR HIGH WATER

    Therefore, he has been repeating, with a big grin, the same MAIL-IN/NO FRAUD mantras, which he knows to be absolute nonsense.

    He does not tell his supervisors/governor Scott, etc., the voter lists are in such poor shape, as verified by INTERVIEWED TOWN CLERKS.

    No wonder Scott is skeptical of INDISCRIMINATE MAIL-IN, because he can smell a rat miles away.

    TEXAS JUST APPROVED MAIL-IN, BUT:

    1) YOU HAVE TO REQEST A BALLOT TO BE MAILED TO YOU
    2) YOU MUST HAVE ON FILE THE PROPER DOCUMENTATION TO ACTUALLY GET THAT BALLOT

  2. Voter fraud via mail in is right on. However, let’s go to motive. Those who believe the push by Condos is tied to a health issue are naive. The real purpose is to insure Dem/Lib/Prog candidates get elected. The rest is nothing more than a smoke screen.

  3. Deb,
    Your title says it all ” mail-in-voting scheme a recipe for voter fraud ” and head in the
    sand ” Condos ” is just pushing the Liberal Democrats Agenda …… pretty shameful !!

    Vermonter’s need to wake up and take the state back from loons on the left, just look
    at the condition, the state is financially and this was before the Wuhan Virus and this
    was all because of Liberal agendas, they don’t care about Vermonters or the State.

    Democrats motto ” Never let a crisis go to waste ” and Condos is leading that charge.

  4. Condos should stop the fake handwringing and prevaricating and the scare-mongering.

    There is no way Vermonters would agree to his indiscriminate mass-mailing of ballots to every Tom, Dick, and Harry.

    Some may have died, some moved to another state, some may be in jail and not eligible to vote, some may be illegal and/or undocumented.

    There is no way for the Town Clerk to know, without people showing up with proper PHOTO ID, citizen papers, etc.

    NOTE: Famous Jack Nicholson line. ‘Go sell crazy somewhere else. We’re all stocked up here.’”

    Vermonters do not give a hoot that mail-in voting is practiced in some other states, such as Caliphonya

    Those states likely are less SOCIALISTIC than Vermont, and people have less reason to fear/mistrust their government
    Vermonters LOVE to go to their familiar voting booths.

  5. Dem/Progs and the hand-maiden Media love the big-mouth, bragging, grandstander.

    For Dem/Progs mail-in voting has to do with increased command and control over the electorate and of government.

    They are not in business, but want to feel important by spending $6 billion per year (taxpayer money) anyway, on all sorts of more or less useless socialistic programs, that have automatic, self-perpetuating features, to cement control FOREVER.

    NOTHING IS SUNSETTING, EVER, NOT EVEN EB-5.

    Holcombe, Zuckerman, VPIRG, and assorted Dem/Progs, chiming in for mail-in.
    In fact, not a single Dem/Prog legislator dares state an opposite view, for fear of being ostracized by the party elite.
    All SHALL chime in, to make it appear there is an unstoppable ground-swell for mail-in, and later, more socialism

    Dem/Progs, profess to be oh-so concerned about your health and safety.
    Hidden agenda: They are even more concerned to get more votes for more veto power and control

    Here is mischievous Pelosi, using the crisis to get another THREE $TRILLION of virus-scare money, with billions of it to go to illegal aliens.
    Mail-in voting is part of the Dem/Prog national platform, says Pelosi from Caliphonya.
    http://www.truenorthreports.com/opinion-californias-dangerous-vote-by-mail-experiment

    Here is some real-world common sense for CONDOS:

    If Vermonters have been going to grocery stores ALL OVER THE STATE (even in Burlington/Montpelier), in MARCH, APRIL and MAY, they can physically show up to IDENTIFY THEMSELVES WITH A PHOTO ID, and then vote in NOVEMBER.
    No fraudulent PROXY voting!!

    NOTE: South Korea and Wisconsin recently held their elections by means of in-person voting WITHOUT AN UPTICK IN VIRUS CASE COUNT. Just Google the news
    Vermont could do the same in November, MORE THAN FIVE MONTHS IN THE FUTURE.

    It is a complete fabrication to insist on mail-in voting.
    By November there will be absolutely no reason for it.
    Those who are scare-mongering now, will look silly in November, when the voting and everything else will take place as usual.

    That TRADITIONAL approach would lead to MINIMUM FRAUD AND MAXIMUM TRUST.
    If China could build TWO 1000-bed hospitals in 2 weeks, Condos should have plenty of time to set up infrastructures and print ballots for a PARTIAL MAIL-IN vote in NOVEMBER, IF NECESSARY.

    If the virus episode has not subsided by November, FREE MASKS SHOULD BE AVAILABLE AT THE POLLING STATIONS.

    Only authorized/official people should hand them out.

  6. CONDOS has known the views of the Town Clerks for years, but he is blowing smoke regarding MAIL-IN anyway to obfuscate and deceive everyone.

    It is high time Vermonters start hearing opinions from Town Clerks. The more we hear from Town Clerks the better. According to interviewed Town Clerks:

    1) IN MANY CASES, VALID, VERIFIED SIGNATURES ARE NOT ON FILE

    2) IN MANY CASES, RECENT PHOTO IDs, COPIES OF BIRTH CERTIFICATES, AND COPIES OF CITIZEN PAPERS ARE NOT ON FILE.

    3) VOTER LISTS ARE RIDDLED WITH NAMES OF PEOPLE WHO HAVE DIED AND WHO HAVE MOVED AWAY

    In to-day’s world that is absolutely crazy.

    CONDOS HAS KNOWN THIS FOR YEARS
    He has been repeating the same mail-in mantras of unbelievable nonsense.
    Why did he not tell his associates/supervisors/governor Scott, the voter lists are in such poor shape?
    If he did tell them, why is no one speaking up?
    Dereliction of duty comes to mind.

    First, we need to bring THE VOTER LISTS UP TO DATE for all of Vermont, before we even start thinking of mailing anything.

    CONDOS, partisan, agenda-driven, eager beaver, was going to send ballots to every voter on all lists, all of which are likely screwed up.
    CONDOS has been telling us the voter lists are just fine, but Town Clerks say they are not.

    If you want vote the proper way: 1) a Photo ID, and 2) Citizen Papers (which likely have an old photograph), and/or 3) Birth Certificate MUST BE PRESENTED, at time of voting, FOR EVERYONE, NO EXCEPTIONS.

    Town Clerks say, if there is fraud YOU ARE NOT GOING TO KNOW IT, BECAUSE THERE IS NO PAPER TRAIL!!
    CONDOS HAS KNOWN THIS FOR YEARS

    No wonder Condos has been saying there is no fraud. He does not know, and neither do the Town Clerks. Only the most egregious fraud cases end up in court.

    CONDOS, AGENDA DRIVEN, KEEPS ROLLING OUT THE VOTER SUPPRESSION RED HERRING.
    REQUIRING RECENT PHOTO IDs, etc., is not voter suppression.

    CONDOS, you should know, TSA and airlines require a photo ID before they check you in, and allow you on board.

    Voting is far more important than taking an airline trip.

    1) a Photo ID, and 2) Copy of Citizen Papers (which likely have an old photograph), and/or 3) Birth Certificate MUST BE ON FILE WITH TOWN CLERKS

    IF IN-PERSON VOTING, RECENT PHOTO ID MUST BE PRESENTED BEFORE VOTING
    IF ABSENTEE VOTING, RETURNED BALLOT MUST BE NOTARIZED TO ENSURE ITS VALIDITY

  7. We could resort to thumb prints like 3rd world countries like Iraq. It appears we will be joining the 3rd world when progressives are done with Vermont. They have no shame and winning means winning at all costs. I can’t understand how the voters of this state allow this to continue after 30 years of failure.When one political party rejects voter ID and dreams up an excuse like voter suppression you can bet the farm they are lying through their teeth. Mr. Condos wants to show the big wigs of the party that he is essential and a team player.

  8. Deb,
    We should get more opinions from Town Clerks.

    They say the voting lists are riddled with names of people who died and who moved away.

    Town Clerks do not have on file recent signatures, recent ID cards, copies of birth certificates, and copies of citizen papers.

    Condos nevertheless goes around all over the state saying all is fine, full speed ahead, ASAP.

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