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
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...
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...
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...
LINCOLN TOWN CLERK Sally Ober bangs the gavel at 7 p.m. to close voting at the town’s outdoor polling place, while volunteer J’Amy Allen looks on.
ADDISON COUNTY — A record number of Vermonters voted in Tuesday’s primary, and the majority of them voted early by absentee ballot.
As of Wednesday afternoon, with all but one state district recorded, the Secretary of State’s office reported that 159,701 ballots had been cast in Vermont — 33% more than in the 2016 primary and 48% more than in 2018.
Late Tuesday night, the Secretary of State’s Jim Condos and his staff were ebullient.
“With 95% of districts in, it appears Vermont voters have shattered the previous primary turnout record AND our amazing election officials have reported results...
Click the PDFs at the end of the story to see Addison County's town by town voting on the governor's race, lieutenant governor's race and high bailiff's race.
ADDISON COUNTY — Addison County voters during Tuesday’s primary elections followed statewide trends in picking Democrat Dave Zuckerman and Republican Phil Scott as their nominees for governor, and Democrat Molly Gray and Republican Scott Milne as the finalists for the post of lieutenant governor.
In the Democrat primary for lieutenant governor, political newcomer and assistant Vermont Attorney General Molly Gray won a surprising victory over Senate President Pro Tempore Tim Ashe by winning over 90 percent of the state’s towns and doing well in Chittenden County, where Ashe has been a state...
MIDDLEBURY — Dave Silberman bested fellow Middlebury Democrat Ron Holmes, 3,962 to 2,298, in the only contested primary election in Addison County on Tuesday, for high bailiff.
Silberman, an attorney, campaigned on a platform of using the high bailiff’s position as a civilian “check and balance” over the sheriff’s office and to gain a platform to discuss criminal justice issues and drug policy reforms.
He will now go on to face independent candidate Mike Elmore, a sergeant with the Addison County Sheriff’s Department (ACSD), in the Nov. 3 General Election.
Silberman has raised $7,245 for his...
ADDISON COUNTY — Local candidates vying for state and county offices this fall are off to a slow start in fundraising this year, and it’s pretty obvious why.
The coronavirus pandemic has dramatically curtailed conventional campaigning — including door-to-door stumping and fundraising socials. And it’s also extended the 2020 legislative session, and several incumbents have pledged not to actively ask for cash until the final gavel falls on the state’s business in Montpelier.
Candidates for statewide, legislative and local office who spend or raise $500 or more in an election cycle must...
Two takeaways from Vermont’s primary election results seem apparent: 1) name recognition gained through several statewide elections makes it tough for first-time challengers to break-through; 2) those who do break through trumpet the need for change with a clear and prescient message.
In the governor’s race, Republican Gov. Phil Scott was never threatened in this primary as he captured 72% to his next nearest challenger, John Klar, at 21%. No surprise there. Among Democrats, Lt. Gov. David Zuckerman, coasted to victory over challenger Rebecca Holcombe, even though Holcombe outraised and...
With less than three months remaining before Election Day, what do polls tell us about the current state of the presidential campaign?
Most high-quality national polls taken within the past few weeks show Joe Biden with a 7-to-9 point lead over Donald Trump. The 538.com average of national polls, which makes adjustments for each poll’s sample size, quality and recency, showed Biden with a 7.8-point lead at the end of last week. This is down slightly from Biden’s largest polling lead of the election cycle, 9.1 points on July 15.
Polls also indicate that the most common frame through which...