This article by Christie Wisniewski originally appeared Oct. 29 in the Bennington Banner.
BENNINGTON — With midterm elections a week away, Vermonters are registering to vote in record numbers, but some local town clerks are noticing an uptick in duplicate registrations which may be caused by the state’s automatic voter registration.
Some towns in Bennington County are still noticing an increase in registrations, but almost all towns in the county are experiencing a high number of duplicate registrations. Some local town clerks believe this may be due to automatic voter registration at the Department of Motor Vehicles where residents updating or applying for a license can check a box that also registers them to vote.
Vermont became the fourth state to have automatic registration after former Gov. Peter Shumlin signed a bill in April 2016. Automatic registration started after the 2016 election.
Voter registration climbed to 92.5 percent of the state’s population in mid-October, reports VTDigger.
While the town of Bennington is not seeing a noticeable increase of voter registrations, Town Clerk Cassandra Barbeau has noticed “a record number” of duplicate registrations submitted through the Secretary of State My Voter page.
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3 thoughts on “Vermont county sees ‘record number’ of duplicate voter registrations”
The local election commission should purge the voter rolls.
Vermont became the fourth state to have automatic registration after former Gov. Peter Shumlin
signed a bill in April 2016. Automatic registration started after the 2016 election !!
Ole Shummy, just another snake in the political grass.
Now our current Secretary Condos keeps stating everything is fine an dandy in Vermont’s voting
world ………… probably another snake ???
Wake up VT, before it’s too late
It’s time for a national ID, there is way to many problems in the system.
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