By Guy Page
At his press conference Wednesday, Gov. Phil Scott left the door open — but only just a tiny crack — for a veto of S.348, universal voting by mail.
The Vermont Legislature last week passed a bill taking Scott out of the approval process for Secretary of State Jim Condos’ plan to mail a Nov. 3 general election ballot to every registered voter in the state. Voters may then return it by mail, bring it to a town office or bring it to the polls Nov. 3. Both the House and Senate rejected amendments aimed at reducing voter fraud and ballot harvesting, and requiring investigations of alleged fraud.
Vermont Daily asked Gov. Scott today: “Two weeks ago you said that if the Legislature passed S.348, the vote-by-mail bill, you would “take a look at it” then. It passed last week without any of the amendments proposed to protect against possible fraud or ballot harvest abuse. Has S.348 reached your desk yet, and if so, do you think you might veto it?”
“I have not received the bill,” Scott said. “We’ve been waiting for it since (it passed last week). … As long as it was as we thought it was, I would not stand in the way. … I made the pledge to let it go through, and will not be vetoing it if it goes through as planned.”
After a bill is approved by the Legislature, the process of preparing it for gubernatorial review may take several days. Once it reaches his desk, Scott has five days to sign it or veto it. If he does neither, the bill becomes law.
Rename state park to Camp Kill Kare?
NECN reporter Jack Thurston asked whether the state of Vermont might consider renaming Kamp Kill Kare State Park, given its unfortunate KKK initials. An administration official said the problematic acronym has been under discussion. Scott then suggested it could be changed to Camp Kill Kare.
The state park on St. Albans Point was named after a nearby boy’s camp that operated from the early 1900s until the 1960s. A quick internet search revealed no explanation of the name. However, a Kill Kare Kamp in Maine “is so named because you can go there to ‘kill your cares.’”
Reporter Mike Donoghue asked Gov. Scott what he thought of photos of Vermont State Police taking a knee while surrounded by Black Lives Matter protesters carrying “defund the police” and other anti-policing signs. Scott said he thinks it shows leadership on the scene, but also said he doesn’t agree with calls to defund police.
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