Vermont Governor Endorses All-Mail Elections

Vermont Gov. Phil Scott (R) wants his state to become the latest to conduct all elections entirely by mail, a move he says would expand voter access and turnout at a time when many Republican-led states are debating restrictions on absentee ballots.

Scott signed legislation last year to automatically mail registered voters an absentee ballot in general elections. On Friday, he signed a measure extending access to town meetings, an annual tradition in some New England states, to account for the coronavirus pandemic.

In a letter to legislators, Scott urged them to expand automatic mail-in voting beyond general elections, to include local and primary elections.

“General elections already have the highest voter turnout. What we need is increased voter participation for elections like those on Town Meeting Day or school budget votes, which experience a fraction of the turnout of general elections,” Scott wrote.

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