Paul Dame: VTGOP doing our part for election integrity

This commentary is by Paul Dame, chair of the Vermont GOP.

Hundreds of thousands of Vermonters have recently received their own November General Election ballot delivered to the comfort of their own home. But some, including myself, have received more than just their own ballots. Despite living in my current single-family home for more than four years, I received a ballot for someone else that I don’t know, nor was it the person I bought the house from.

This highlights one of the problems with the all mail-in voting scheme that Democrats rushed through the legislature. And while Republicans actually benefited from this in 2020 by picking up four seats in the House and one in the Senate, it still leaves a lot of room for improvement.

Paul Dame, chairman of the Vermont GOP

The reason I got an excess ballot at my home address is because virtually everyone who knows anything about Vermont elections knows that, generally speaking, our voter rolls are terribly outdated and unmaintained. There are certainly some towns out there who do an excellent job keeping their list updated and accurate. It can become a point of pride, especially because when we have an accurate voter list it boosts our voter participation rate.

But like any database, the voter list does not maintain itself. Town clerks and the secretary of state can’t spend all of their “free time” scouring the internet and death records or change of address forms in order to accurately update the voter checklist — they need the help of honest citizens who want to clean up this relatively sloppy process. As I’ve said before, ballots are not being mailed to people; they are being mailed to addresses, and the people may or may not be there.

Remember, every voter on the checklist who doesn’t actually live at the registered address is an additional postage cost for the state. And with postage rates rising just as fast as everything else, that is getting compounded over time and across thousands of potentially bad ballots.

So rather than merely complaining about the process, the VTGOP is going to take a small step in improving our efforts to make our elections more efficient and more safe. Last week we launched a new page on our website titled “Excess Ballot Reporting”

If you have received an excess ballot, you can report it on our website. Just leave us the information from the ballot, specifically whose name was on the ballot, what address it was sent to, and any other relevant information you may have. You can also include your own contact info so we can follow up with any questions. You can use this if you are like me, and received a stranger’s ballot in your mailbox, or if you are like a listener I spoke with on my last radio appearance you may have received duplicate of your own ballot. WCAX also covered the launch here on their website, and since we started last week we’ve been recording an average of one new Excess Ballot report nearly every eight hours.

Since our town clerks are incredibly busy, and there isn’t anything they can do about the list before Election Day, the state party will be waiting until after the election, and forwarding all of these reports to the town clerk or appropriate election authority in order for them to begin the challenge process outlined in state law. While we can forward the information, only the local election authority can properly purge the voter rolls.

While I know of no known cases of someone casting a vote with an excess ballot, we can all do out part to reduce the number of excess ballots being circulated through the mail in the next election by filing a report or contacting your own town clerk yourself. It will also save the state money for unnecessary postage every other year and reduce the number of voters who get concerned when someone else’s ballot arrives unexpectedly.

Image courtesy of Michael Bielawski/TNR

6 thoughts on “Paul Dame: VTGOP doing our part for election integrity

  1. Sorry Dame….by supporting our self described GOP Governor and pot head Benning for lt guv you are part of the problem. More Dems vote for them than conservatives. Nothing will change in Vermont! The communists have a stranglehold on the vote counting system. Why is he not addressing the security of the Dominion voting machines all brand new from what I hear.


    Dem/Progs likely know:

    – Illegals, with and without documents, are not allowed to vote, per US Constitution.
    – Legal US residents with green cards (who are not citizens), are also not allowed to vote, per US Constitution.

    Dem/Progs aim to have every one vote, dead or alive, a la Tracy Adams in Georgia.
    To make that happen, Dem/Progs in Georgia, or any other state, want “inclusive” registered voter lists.

    Anecdote, i.e., my personal experience

    An “unlikely” voter shows up to vote, in person.
    Poll worker: You already voted.
    Voter: How could that be! I never received a ballot?
    Poll worker: Let me see. Our records show you did. OK, here is a spare ballot. Please sign this affidavit, (to “classify” me for the next time)

    Purifying Registered Voter Lists

    Vermont Secretary of State Condos, and his counterparts in other states, should focus on:

    1) Cleaning up their registered voter lists
    2)) Rectify their loose-goosy, permissive, voting “requirements”, instead of using them as election weapons to flout the will of the people.

    Manipulating voter lists provides corrupt election officials more names to “play” with, to enhance Dem/Prog power and command/control.

    Secretaries of State and Dem/Prog legislators want to keep “their registered voting list weapons” by:

    1) Not deleting dead people
    2) Not deleting people who moved to another state
    3) Enabling non-citizens and illegal aliens to vote
    4) Enabling temporary residents to vote, even if they would reside less time in state than required by law. That requirement should be at least one year to avoid shenanigans
    5) Enabling convicted felons to vote (in jail, on parole, or not)
    6) Enabling under-age people to vote
    7) Enabling feeble-minded people in nursing homes to “vote”, by “proxies” filling in their ballots, without telling them; the epidemy of “absentee” voting.
    8) Enabling out-of-state /foreign students, citizen or not, to vote. They should vote in their own state/country at all times, no excuse.
    9) Enabling “motor-voting” to all comers, documented or not.
    10) Enabling ballot drop off boxes that are unsupervised 24/7, not monitored by video, a major fraud opportunity. A continuity of custody issue.
    11) Enabling indiscriminate mail-in voting (taking advantage of COVID conditions), a major fraud opportunity, as President Carter predicted a few decades ago, and was proven in 2020.
    12 Placing in service Dominion, etc., voting machines that are:

    1) Programmable, i.e., they automatically switch votes from non-favored to favored candidates, as demonstrated on videos.
    2) Wirelessly connected to state-owned servers, enabling the:

    – Observation of real-time counting by official state entities.
    – Observation by unofficial entities by: 1) hacking the servers, and 2) by having received passwords from corrupt counting officials.
    – Sharing of real-time counting with US and foreign media for their election coverage.
    – The active “observation/participation” by foreign actors, such as China, etc.

    NOTE: Condos would say: “Vermont’s counting machines are old-fashioned. They merely read ballots”
    Feeding “extra” ballots of dead people, and moved people, into the readers, to favor a candidate, at opportune times, is not possible?

    Counting Abuses

    In Democrat-run Vermont cities and towns, feeding fake ballots (stuffing the ballot box) is a common practice, as is feeding the same ballot multiple times. Poll workers talk about shenanigans, but almost never in public, for fear of retaliation, such as loss of a job.

    In Georgia counting centers, such fake ballots and multiple-feeding was recorded, on surveillance videos, unbeknownst to counting folks.
    Remarkably, not one of about 10 perpetrators was charged/arrested by local police, local courts, the FBI and DOJ!!!

    Trump lost Georgia, and other states, as ordained/orchestrated by Dem/Progs and allied entities.

    Unfavorable Counting Trends

    If counting trends are unfavorable, due to unforeseen, landslide-voting for a not-favored candidate, election officials in Dem/Prog-run cities:

    1) Merely stop the counting to reassess the situation (with supporting comments from the Dem/Prog-controlled Media)

    2) Hussle up additional already-filled-in “mail-in” ballots, in envelopes or not, with creases or not, from undisclosed storage areas (as revealed by counting spikes shown on TV, etc.)

    3) Run the same ballots through counting machines multiple times during off-hours, with no observers (on surveillance video in Georgia), and during regular hours, with observers far away from the actual counting, and with blanked-off windows to preclude observation by anyone else.

    NOTE: The Legislature of New Hampshire became Republican, because the activist “student vote” was absent.
    They likely voted in their own states as well, as part of “every vote must be counted”.

  3. So I have a bone to pick on this one.

    The gentleman who’s running for LT. Gov….he knew Molly Grey was ineligible, many in the VT GOP knew she was ineligible to hold office

    And everybody let it slide, they were all too afraid to ruffle any feathers or even ASK a judge for a ruling…

  4. Mr. Dame, why wait for people to report to you wrong ballots? Be proactive. Go where the fraud is, …Burlington & Progressives. Get the BTV voter rolls cleaned up of out of state UVM kids…maybe St. Michaels kids ?…maybe Champlain College kids?.. and some in Middlebury too. It is key vote fraud to get grass roots minions to seek college kids who are not residents but over 18…to vote. They are careful not to register those kids in DORM addresses….they can only do those with “apartment” addresses. BTV does not check carefully residency…Do they pay out of state tution? Pay any VT income taxes? Do they have out of state registered cars. Do they vote in VT? This is what Bernie Sanders did to vote fraud & win his BTV first Mayoral election….several hundred UVM out of staters voted and he WON BY 12 VOTES!. If you want to find the “Rotten Apples”, go to BTV as Progressive Ground Zero….and the tons & tons of apartment addresses there are in BTV…who knows who lives in them and gets a ballot, every year. BTV certainly isn’t going to check, because the frauders – VOTE Progressive 🙂

    • Jeffrey,
      Do you want a job as Vt’s Secretary of State, to clean this mess up, apparently you
      have a handle on it something Jim Condos refuses to even talk about !!

      Burlington, the mecca for fraud, and we allow it ……………. pathetic.

      • So true….Burlington somehow never had to do a property reassessment….and then when they did it, they somehow had the increase capped because of a town charter.

        The most effective way for Chittenden County to understand our taxation problem is for them to be paying their fair share like everyone else across the state.

        They’ve been getting a free ride for DECADES!!!!

        They are going to be shocked if they only met what everyone else is having to pay!

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