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More than 260,000 Vermonters voted early this year, by returning the absentee ballots they were mailed in late September and early October. With General Election ballots mailed to all voters, and with town and city clerks allowed to begin processing those ballots in advance of Election Day, Vermonters were able to vote safely and in large numbers. The next elections on Vermont’s political calendar are those associated with Town Meeting Day in March — votes for town officers and school board members, and on town and school budgets. Administering those elections is more complicated than...
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.
This is an open letter to our elected and candidate state representatives and senators in Addison County regarding an ongoing initiative called “Sign the Pledge: Count Every Vote Vermont.”  The President of the United States has hinted that he may not accept the outcome of our November 3rd election. We wish to engage our elected officials and candidates for office in stating publicly that they believe that his acceptance of the outcome 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...
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...
ADDISON COUNTY — In a normal election year dozens — sometimes scores — of absentee ballots come into town clerks’ offices around Addison County before the main event, Election Day — when voters stream into the polls to make their voices heard in person. 2020, the year of the coronavirus pandemic, the year when every registered voter in Vermont received a ballot in the mail, the year when one of the most divisive presidents in the past century is on the ballot, is not a normal election year. No surprise that town clerks planned for a huge number of early ballots arriving at their offices, and...
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...
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...

MOUNT ABRAHAM UNION High School students Abby Johnson, left, Anna Doucet, Olivia Campbell and Evalin Pachman were among several dozen people outside the Bristol Post Office on Saturday protesting changes at the United States Postal Service that have resulted in slower mail. Photo courtesy of Mary Adams-Smith
ADDISON COUNTY AND BRANDON — Anger over the precipitous decline in the quality of mail delivery from the U.S. Postal Service showed itself this past Saturday when protests popped up in front of at least three local post offices. Slogans on placards and posters were varied, but the message was the same: USPS must restore its previous level of service to enable businesses to serve their customers, empower citizens to communicate unfettered and ensure that votes are delivered in a timely fashion for the November election. “It is unbelievable that America could sink so low that the president is...
On Aug. 18, Donald Trump posthumously pardoned Susan B. Anthony. who voted illegally in 1872, well before the 19th amendment granted some women that right in 1920. I wonder if he would have pardoned her if she were black. For decades, Anthony fought shoulder to shoulder with thousands of women, organizing parades, demonstrations, and other events to raise awareness to garner support for women’s suffrage. And although the group of suffragettes was diverse, those most remembered — women like Alice Paul, Carrie Chapman Catt, or Anna Howard Shaw — are white. Much of the work to get white women...
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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