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As Vermonters watched statewide and local races with relative calm and largely expected results on Tuesday evening, on Wednesday their attention — as for all Americans — remained intently focused on the presidential and U.S. Senate races, with a few battleground states still too close to call to determine the outcome. The closeness of the presidential race and a heavy Republican turnout in favor of their candidates across the country represented a repudiation of most pre-election polling over the past two months that had indicated a likely “blue wave” that would have given Democrats a...
We have to confess we desperately wanted to run the headline in today’s paper that proclaimed, in large type across the front page: “America to Trump: YOUR FIRED!” And we hoped to read versions of that theme in newspapers across the country. It didn’t happen. Not because Biden may not win, but because the repudiation of Trump was not that dramatic. Rather it was close when it shouldn’t have been.  The election can be boiled down into a few words: Democrat Joe Biden will likely win the Electoral College vote and the popular vote, by the thinnest of margins, while Republicans upset Democratic...
I am acutely aware that this column will be published the day before Election Day. There are intense emotions swirling around November 3, 2020: an election that falls during a year of pandemic, wildfires, protests over systemic racism, and a country bitterly divided along partisan lines. Reflecting on the United States in 1967, Joan Didion wrote, “The center was not holding.” Reflecting on the United States in 2020, I ask, “Is there a center anymore, and can anybody find it?!?” After the 2016 election, I wrote my opinion about the state of the nation. At the time, I felt an obligation — as...
MONKTON — The Monkton Town Office will be open on Saturday, Oct. 31, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. to assist voters who may not have received their election ballots in the mail. According to an announcement sent out by the town Friday afternoon, a large volume of ballots were returned to the Town Office as undeliverable. Monkton residents who did not receive their ballot in the mail are encouraged to stop by the clerk's office Saturday so officials can help them with their voting needs. Residents with any questions may call the office, 802-453-3800, during regular hours.

Mae Peterson of Bristol (left), Jeanne Albert of Lincoln and Howard Jennings of Bristol are part of the Addison County Votes coalition that is planning a rally in Bristol Wednesday to ensure election integrity. A rally is also scheduled in Middlebury with promises for more gatherings in ensuing days if warranted.
Two local groups have formed to help keep the public’s eye on potential post-election fraud and plan to hold rallies following Tuesday’s Election Day. Addison County Votes, a group of 20 local residents is preparing for a “Count Every Vote” Rally in Bristol from 4 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 4. Protect Our Democracy, another newly formed political education and action group, will hold a rally on Wednesday from 4 to 5 p.m. on the Middlebury Town Green. Although Vermont runs its elections fairly, this is not true in all states. According to Bristol resident Howard Jennings there is good reason...

JUST AS THE harvest season is wrapping up, a crop of lawn signs endorsing political candidates has popped up around Addison County, including a batch in Middlebury supporting Democrats. Independent photo/John S. McCright
ADDISON COUNTY — All eyes on Nov. 3 will be squarely fixed on the tumultuous race for U.S. president featuring Democrat Joe Biden versus incumbent Republican Donald Trump. But the 2020 General Election is giving Addison County residents many additional reasons to vote, with contested races in all six of the local House districts, for state Senate, and even for the countywide position of high bailiff. The Independent here provides a quick overview of those running in each race, along with info on what local candidates had raised and spent as of the Oct. 15 campaign finance filing deadline. The...

TOM HUGHES
MIDDLEBURY — After a six-year hiatus, Middlebury Republican Tom Hughes is back on the ballot in his attempt to win one of two seats representing Addison County’s shire town in the Vermont House. Hughes, 64, is the lone challenger on the 2020 ballot for the Addison-1 race, which also features incumbent Democratic Reps. Robin Scheu and Amy Sheldon. He realizes Middlebury is about as “blue” as a Vermont legislative district can get, and acknowledges he hasn’t been actively campaigning. But Hughes believes every race should be contested for the good of democracy. “I want to give the voters an...
We live in one of the most divisive times in American history. However, the past is full of politically charged moments that still resonate with us today as documented by the Sheldon Museum’s archival collections.  *** Elections, Then and Now News of the upcoming elections has filled our consciousness for months on end. For many, it seems as though politics has never been more heated, with contentious debates, accusations of corruption, and widespread concerns about election infrastructure and voter suppression. Yet this is nothing new. Today’s Twitter wars, tense interviews, and leaked...
In Vermont’s gubernatorial race, expect Gov. Phil Scott’s incumbency and his steady hand through the ongoing pandemic to usher in a third term. While Democrat David Zuckerman proved to be a worthy adversary on the issues, Scott’s widely popular actions to keep the virus contained presents an overwhelming advantage. But if Scott wants to create a legacy that is more than his handling of the pandemic, he needs to be far bolder in his next two years on the state’s underlying economic issues.  Specifically, he must:  • Undo the damage he has done to the state’s solar industry in which he severely...
The surprise in the presidential contest between former Vice President Joe Biden and the incumbent is not that Trump continued his litany of daily lies, insults and idiotic statements (“The pandemic has ended,” Trump said yesterday as the nation reels under the largest daily infection rate of the year), but that Mr. Biden has become a forceful candidate able to put Trump in his place while advocating a progressive agenda. Many Democrats might want Biden to be more assertive and more eloquent, but he’s proven his chops by gaining higher favorability ratings today than he had this summer, and...

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