Vermont governor signs bill expanding mail-in voting

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Vermont Governor, Phil Scott has signed a bill expanding universal mail-in voting to the state’s general elections.

Vermont Senator, Cheryl Hooker initially introduced the bill, S. 15, after the state opted to automatically send voters ballots in fall 2020 to prevent the spread of COVID-19 at polling places.

The move proved effective with 75 percent of registered voters casting their ballots by mail.

Vermont also observed historically high voter turnout, with more than 73 percent of the state’s 506,000 registered voters casting ballots in November.

In signing the bill, Scott noted the importance of easy and accessible voting in the name of increasing voter participation.

He further asked that the bill’s provisions be extended to primary elections, local elections, and school budget votes.

The Vermont Senate approved the bill in March and passed it in the Vermont General Assembly with a 119-30 vote.

Several Republican assembly members, however, pushed back.

According to the Brennan Center for Justice, state legislatures across the US have introduced more than 380 bills (in 2021 alone) with restrictive provisions on voting.

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