By Guy Page
Gov. Phil Scott said at his press conference Monday he will not veto S.348, the bill allowing Secretary of State James Condos to conduct a universal vote-by-mail for the Nov. 3 general election.
Vermont Daily asked: “Secretary Condos said in a recent op-ed that ‘widespread voter fraud, including by-mail, just doesn’t happen.’ Over the weekend the press reported that 1-in-5 ballots in a New Jersey vote by mail election had fraud were fraudulent. With that news, and the fact that Vermont town clerks don’t have signatures on file to compare with signatures on absentee ballots, have you received S.348 yet and if so will you consider a veto?”
“I did receive it on Friday,” Gov. Scott said. “I’m not going to stand it its way. I want to make sure people have the opportunity to vote. They are the experts in the field, and if the secretary of state says [universal vote by mail will be both safe and fair], we have to take him at his word. He’s the expert in the field. I won’t be standing in its way.”
The governor also indicated he is open to the concept of paying racial reparations, but has questions about how the process would work. Answering a question posed by Steve Merrill by NEKTV, he said, “It really is a question of how do you do that, and who is affected, and who pays, where does it come from? There’s a lot of questions to be answered.”
Vermont Daily also asked Gov. Scott if he would protect Vermont statues threatened by defacing, damaging, and toppling. Both he and Public Safety Commissioner Michael Schirling said they are not aware of any threats to Vermont statues, although Schirling said “I’m not sure we would share” such information. Scott concluded, “We want to protect our history and our assets in this state, and we will deal with [a threat] if and when it comes.”
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