elections

09/17/2020
If you are looking for ways to participate in the democratic process before Election Day, consider joining nearly 200 of your friends and neighbors who are writing postcards, making calls, sending texts, and organizing to support the Biden-Harris ticket and to flip the Senate. Getting active empowers voters across the country to register, to vote, and to make a positive change in their communities and in our country. To join this effort, please visit our website: 3flippingthings.org. Don’t wake up on November 4th wishing you had done more! 3 Flipping Things Team: Lorraine Tobias Michael Roy...
09/10/2020
The Vermont Secretary of State’s Office will begin mailing General Election ballots to voters at the end of next week. All active registered voters in Vermont will receive a ballot by mail between Sept. 21 and Oct. 1.  Active registered voters are those who have not been issued a challenge by their local Board of Civil Authority, usually for failing to vote in multiple elections in succession and then not responding to inquiries from the BCA. The Secretary of State’s Office urges everyone to make a voting plan for this fall. Although voters have a choice whether to vote by mail or in person,...
09/10/2020
This letter is an edited version of the original, which Patricia Heather-Lea sent to Joe Biden on June 29 with her $15 donation.  “LET US ALL BREATHE AND BUILD COMMUNITY.” That was my message on the sign I held at a Black Lives Matter vigil in our town of Bristol, Vt. I listened to you talking with Trevor Noah on his “Daily Social Distancing Show,” posted June 10, entitled, “Reforming the Police.” Trevor asked some very pointed questions: “How do you plan to undo systemic oppression? How do you plan to undo systemic racism? How will you address the needs of the African-American community?” I...
09/10/2020
Soon lawn signs will begin appearing in the Addison-5 legislative District towns (Bridport, New Haven, and Weybridge) saying “Jubilee for Vermont.” These signs introduce Jubilee McGill of Bridport, who is running for the Vermont House to represent the Addison-5 District. Jubilee is a native of Middlebury and is a service coordinator with the John Graham Shelter in Vergennes, where she works with people experiencing homelessness to find permanent housing. Previously she worked as a senior property manager and compliance manager at the Addison County Community Trust, which provides affordable...

JON CHRISTIANO
09/03/2020
NEW HAVEN — Jon Christiano of New Haven spent four years shepherding the Addison County Republican Committee. Now he wants to represent his party and constituents as state senator, representing Addison County, Huntington and Buel’s Gore. “I’ve been thinking about running quite a bit, and I did it (this year) to demonstrate solidarity with the other Republicans, and also to give Addison County Republicans a second name on the ballot to vote for,” Christiano said during a recent phone interview. Christiano, 78, enters a race that includes fellow Republican challenger Peter Briggs of Addison (...

PETER BRIGGS
09/03/2020
ADDISON — Peter Briggs is only 30, but already a veteran of the Addison County elections circuit. And while he’s yet to capture a seat in the Legislature, he’s garnered respectable vote totals in all three of the elections in which he’s competed. He hopes his fourth major election, coming up on Nov. 3, will be the charm: Another run for one of the two state Senate seats representing Addison County, Huntington and Buel’s Gore. He’s in a field that includes fellow Republican challenger Jon Christiano of New Haven, and incumbent Democratic Sens. Chris Bray of Bristol and Ruth Hardy of East...
09/03/2020
By any measure U.S. citizens do not show up to vote in respectable or democratic numbers. Internationally we are listed in the bottom third of developed countries when it comes to voter turnout in national elections. Countries like Belgium, Sweden, Denmark and Australia (in that order) all have average voter turnout rates above 78%, while in the 2016 U.S. Presidential election, only 56% of U.S. citizens who were old enough to vote actually turned out and voted. Let us quickly examine at that reality. There are about 328 million people who live in the United States and about 250 million of...

Voting in Lincoln in the August 2020 primary. Photo by Paul Forlenza
08/27/2020
This week’s writer is Lee Hamilton, a Senior Advisor for the Indiana University Center on Representative Government; a Distinguished Scholar at the IU Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies; and a Professor of Practice at the IU O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs. He was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives for 34 years. I’ve lost track of the times over the years I’ve heard a politician say, “This is the most important election of my lifetime.” In fact, I’ve said it myself. And I’m sure we all believed it at the time. But in my case, at least, I...
08/27/2020
I remember the first time I met House Representative Stephanie Jerome. She knocked on my front door and handed me a flyer announcing her candidacy. We spoke for just a moment, as I was heading out for an appointment, but I recall thinking, what a nice, down-to-earth woman. Though not a politically active person, I could see myself voting for her.  Fast forward two years. The pandemic closed my place of business, and that of so many others, and took our livelihoods with it. Until then I had never signed up for unemployment. My attempts to file online with the Dept. of Labor were unsuccessful...
08/27/2020
We believe in the importance of doing something in this critical electoral season to get out the vote. Our fragile democracy depends on voter participation, especially of formerly marginalized citizens and those who have not voted in previous elections. One particularly effective venue is “Vote Forward” (votefwd.org), an organization that encourages people to vote, not how to vote. Their goal is 10 million voters. Vote Forward encourages voters of traditionally under-represented populations and people who are likely to vote Democratic in key districts throughout the U.S. They send you letters...

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