Perhaps it was something in the air, but a day after the election I started to think, I wonder what the chances are of Vermont extending the mail-balloting initiative for 2020 indefinitely?
Gov. Phil Scott wants the Legislature to allow mail-in voting for Town Meeting, he said at his press conference Friday.
Even if news organizations declare a winner in the close presidential race, that’s not the official result. States have until Dec. 8 to settle any election disputes and certify their results before the meeting of state electors in every state Dec. 14, when they cast their Electoral College votes for president.
The 2020 election season has seen an unprecedented number of lawsuits as a result of the coronavirus pandemic and changing voting laws, which could ultimately sway the election’s outcome, according to experts.
While we all want to see higher voter turnout in the end, masses of people voting weeks before election day creates and exacerbates a number of problems with our election process.
Election and postal experts have warned Americans to stop voting by mail as delays continue to hamper the postal system one week before the election.
As the general election nears on Nov. 3, voters are sharing more stories about receiving ballots they shouldn’t have received — or not receiving ballots they were expecting.
Whether you wanted one or not, mail-in ballots were sent to every Vermonter on the state’s active voter checklist. Thanks to a tool on the secretary of state’s website, there’s a way to see if your ballot was voted and received at your local town clerk’s office.
“All ballots must still be mailed on or before Election Day,” said Circuit Judge James Wynn in the court’s 12-3 ruling. “The change is simply an extension from three to nine days after Election Day for a timely ballot to be received and counted. That is all.”
By avoiding best practices in a vote-by-mail effort practiced in other states, Secretary of State Jim Condos is opening Vermont up to questions of electoral fraud.
Prosecutors charged Mohamed, 39, with 84 counts of mail ballot application fraud and 25 counts of unlawful possession of an official mail ballot, the Texas Attorney General’s Office said.