The number of candidates for the Republican nomination for lieutenant governor rose to five with the surprise announcement of Scott Milne of Pomfret.
Confusion over mail-in ballots caused voting in the Washington, D.C., primary to stretch late into the night Tuesday. The District’s primary election, plagued by complaints from voters who said they never received mail-in ballots, comes amid debate over the security and efficiency of voting by mail.
They say send out post cards to all voters offering them the opportunity to apply for absentee ballots, as under current law. We think Sen. Benning and Town Clerk Dwyer are exactly right.
Vermont GOP candidates for office may have an opportunity to promote their fiscally conservative messages as businesses and personal freedoms continue to be suppressed during the ongoing coronavirus shutdown.
A candidate swap has taken place among Republicans seeking to become Vermont state treasurer — H. Brooke Paige is no longer running for the office, and Carolyn Branagan, a former state senator for the Franklin district, is preparing to run.
Town clerks were asked if they support or oppose the secretary’s plan, if they are concerned about technical glitches or voter fraud, and whether the benefits outweigh the problems. Twenty-seven clerks responded.
This bill (S.348) is unnecessary because we already have a secure system in place that enables voters to be and feel safe when exercising their right to vote. Potential unforeseen consequences that could dilute the sanctity and security of our election cannot be dismissed.
Absentee or mail-in ballots are voted outside the supervision and overview of election officials — thus destroying the secret ballot, an important hallmark of American elections for more than a century. They are susceptible to being stolen, altered, and forced.
The Condos/VPIRG vote-by-mail proposal, if allowed to move forward, will lead to something like 160,000 unclaimed or unwanted ballots just floating around — for any unscrupulous actors to collect, fill out and mail in.
Ten new candidates for Vermont’s House and Senate were introduced Wednesday by Republican gubernatorial candidate John Klar from the steps of the state Capitol.
Sen. Benning continued, “I know the excuse is Covid-19 and trying to keep people safe, but as I said to you in my email we have an alternative by way of an absentee ballot that makes perfect sense to cure that problem.”