elections

10/23/2020
ADDISON COUNTY — All Vermont residents who are registered to vote were sent a ballot by Oct. 1, because of the COVID-19 pandemic. If you have not received one in the mail contact your town clerk. Vermonters may mail in their ballots, return them in a secure ballot box outside town offices, return them in person to your town clerk during regular office hours, or vote on Election Day, Nov. 3, before 7 p.m. Unclear on exactly where to drop your ballot? Check our handy town-by-town guide. “Please make a voting plan,” Secretary of State Jim Condos says. “Whether you vote by mail or in person is...

IN A VIDEO accompanying this story Sarah Stott of Bristol provides a simple, step-by-step primer on making phone calls in the run up to this election. Watch the video at the link at the bottom of this page.
10/22/2020
ADDISON COUNTY — Political activists, both locally and nationally, are preparing for the worst-case outcome on Election Day — an election that’s too close to call that evening and a rule-defying president who has deliberately spread doubts about the validity of mail-in ballots and has threatened to declare himself the winner before all ballots are counted. To counter the president’s threat and to make sure America’s election proceeds within the law, activists are already staging training sessions and lining up citizen volunteers to be ready to peacefully protest to make sure every vote counts...
10/22/2020
As Vermonters consider which candidates will move Vermont forward over the next decade, the most crucial issues revolve around the state’s demographic challenges. We need leaders to not only stem the flow of young Vermonters leaving the state, but who know how to use Vermont’s inherent assets to attract a new cohort of young entrepreneurs, families and remote worker In the race for lieutenant governor, Democrat Molly Gray has the positive energy, passion, direct answers, and the work ethic to tackle the issues head-on.  Key to retaining and attracting new residents is extending and...
10/22/2020
Many reputable national polls conducted over the past two weeks show former Vice President Joe Biden with a lead of about 10 percent over President Donald Trump. A gap of this magnitude is larger than the margin of polling error, so a popular vote victory for the Biden-Harris ticket is highly likely. However, as we learned in 2000 and 2016, the electoral vote, not the popular vote, will determine who is inaugurated president on Jan. 20. In 2016, Trump won states with 306 electoral votes, 36 more than the 270 needed for election. When projecting this year’s electoral vote, it is useful to...
10/22/2020
I’ve known Jubilee McGill for several years, well before she recently entered formal politics. Like many Vermonters her life has not been easy, but she has a big heart and that has made all the difference. She knows what it is to be a single mom with difficulties in having housing and all the other associated problems. She persisted and pulled herself up and found success. She has long been very active in helping other Vermonters make their lives better, in her work and in her activism. Now she wants to take the next step and help make Vermont better for all of us, but especially the...
10/22/2020
In his eight years in the Vermont Senate Chris Bray has proven himself to be one of the most productive and effective legislators in Montpelier. As chair of the Senate Natural Resources Committee for the past four years he has consistently worked to improve water quality, develop clean energy, and reduce Vermonters’ exposure to toxic chemicals. He was the initiator of the Farm to Plate program, which has generated more than 6,000 new agricultural jobs, added over $100 million in farm revenue, and helped diversify our agricultural sector. He has also had a focus on smart planning, strong...
10/22/2020
Americans have a crucial choice in just a few weeks. We usually think of it in terms of policies and personalities. As an educator of 48 years, and knowing that our children are watching every move we make, I think of it as a choice between teachers. I think of the grade school classroom I grew up in with portraits of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln below the alphabet on the front of the classroom wall. To our young minds, they represented integrity and equality. Simplistically, we learned that Washington could not tell a lie and that Lincoln freed the slaves. These represented values...
10/22/2020
I encourage voters in Sudbury, Brandon, and Pittsford to join me in re-electing Stephanie Jerome for the Vermont House of Representatives. Stephanie has spent her first term working on issues that help our state’s small communities and businesses thrive. Over the past two years, she has served on the House Commerce and Economic Development Committee, the new Joint Small Business Solutions Task Force, and the Regional Economic Development Grants committee. During the COVID-19 emergency order, she led the Legislative Action Team, working tirelessly with 25 legislators to help 2,300 Vermonters...
10/22/2020
While serving as a member of the Otter Valley Unified Union School Board, I attended a workshop about how to strengthen and sustain public engagement. I chuckled when I heard the phrase “crickets and pitchforks,” referring to the two typical reactions elected officials receive from the public: silence and outrage. I was excited to learn that engagement is not simply possible, but is the linchpin of democracy. Working in a true unified fashion, the OVUU school board sought out every way to connect with the community, to hear the diversity of all voices.  Now that my term has ended I am still...
10/22/2020
The election is upon us and millions have already voted. Though we hear that very few Americans remain undecided, we in beautiful blue Vermont should make every last-minute effort to urge them to vote and to choose Joe Biden.  Donald Trump has a natural coalition of the comfortably off who care only about their incomes, religious and “patriotic” zealots, bullies, bigots, racists, haters of all stripes and those he cons with impossible promises. Though Trump lacks a popular majority, it is frighteningly possible that the distribution of his coalition may enable him to win the Electoral College...

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