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We appreciated the convenience, safety, and security of voting early this election. We received our ballots automatically from the Secretary of State because we were already registered voters and we promptly filled them out and hand-delivered them to the secure ballot box outside Holley Hall in Bristol. We checked the My Voter Page website MVP.Vermont.gov and know our ballots were received and are ready to be counted. In the Addison-4 Vermont House of Representatives race we voted for incumbent Mari Cordes. Here’s why: Her work over the past two years representing Bristol, Lincoln, Monkton...
Growing up an American taking middle school civics, I was taught early that “no one is above the law.” That hasn’t been obvious to anyone watching either the news coming out of the nation’s capital or paying attention to DUI charges in the City of Rutland here in Vermont. It seems that some people are above the law, or at least not prosecuted with the same zeal that you or I would be, not being a person in power or a police officer. We’re lucky in Addison County, Sheriff Newton is an upfront, honest law officer. He runs a department that seems to try very hard to get it right. Still, High...
I am writing to endorse Dave Silberman for High Bailiff. The role of High Bailiff is to provide oversight to the sheriff’s department, to ensure that office is not above the law. Such civilian oversight over law enforcement is so important for preventing any possible misconduct and abuse. If the High Bailiff is also a member of the law enforcement community, independent oversight is impossible. Dave is running to put the sheriff’s office under this kind of objective, independent, civilian oversight.  I’ve known Dave for several years, and have been impressed by his intelligence, his...
Because the President of the United States has questioned the integrity of our electoral system and hinted that he may not accept the outcome of our Nov. 3 election, the Middlebury Friends Meeting wishes to state publicly that we believe in that system, which is  vital to our democracy. We have absolute confidence that the Vermont Secretary of State, Vermont town and city clerks, and boards of civil authority throughout Vermont will carry out their duties in a trustworthy manner. Indeed, Vermont can be seen as an example to the rest of the nation of how a democracy should function. We...
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.
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...

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