FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, June 24th
BERLIN, Vt. — It is with great disappointment, but little surprise that we have learned of the VT Democratic Party’s Executive Director’s plan to blatantly mischaracterize the VT Republican Party’s position on expanding voting access during the pandemic.
VT Republicans were unanimous in their support for making it easier for Vermonters to vote by mail in the August Primary, by proactively reminding all active voters that current law allows them to vote by mail for any reason. Not one Republican opposed this measure. Those are the facts that Di Mezzo and the VT Democratic Party Establishment have conveniently withheld from the public.
While Democrats cited examples of other states that have expanded access by sending ballots to every address on record, Democrats would not even once consider also imitating the protections those states put in place to prevent ballot harvesting. Democrats refused to make it illegal for lobbyists and corporate interests from getting in between a voter and the voting machine. When this is compounded with the Democratic Party’s history of expanding access and ignoring common-sense integrity measures common in other states, this presents a disturbing trend that Vermonters should be mindful of.
The VT Republican Party wants every eligible person to be able to cast a ballot on or before election day in the way they are most comfortable, but also wants to protect the integrity of our voting system. Too often we have seen Democrats ignore the latter.
An even further disturbing trend is the fact that many Democratic House Reps say they believe in some measures of protecting voting integrity, but then do not vote in accordance to their own conscience and what they believe is best for Vermont, which could be considered a violation of their oath of office. But they do so because the Democratic super majority will not accept variance from the party line (as they have made an example of Rep. Cynthia Browning) and unfortunately too many Democrats are unwilling to put party aside and do what they themselves say is right.
That is why the VT Republican Party invites all moderates and independent Vermonters to join our party of independent minded representatives to restore some balance, commons sense and a willingness to put divisive partisanship aside to both expand access AND protect the integrity of the vote.
We believe that ballots should go to people – not addresses. The compromise plan that we will experience in August is an example of where Republicans want to work together to expand access AND protect integrity. But Democrats have pushed this to an extreme by taking people out of the equation and deciding to mail ballots indiscriminately to any address that can receive them, whether they end up in the hands of the person it was intended for or not.
We call on the VT Democratic Party to retract their intended set of negative attack ads, apologize for the mischaracterization and instead put their focus on helping struggling workers and VT businesses get our economy back on track.
VT Republican Party