MONTPELIER, Vt. (NEWS10) — The Vermont State Senate passed S.348 by a vote of 24 to 7, empowering the Secretary of State to decide whether to mail all registered voters a ballot for the November 2020 General Election.
March legislation granted joint authority to Gov. Phil Scott and Secretary of State Jim Condos, but the governor said he did not want to be involved in making the determination. He also signaled he would not approve a plan until after Vermont’s August primary, though Condos said waiting until August would not protect voters and or poll workers.
The legislation brings Vermont one step closer to a universal vote-by-mail system amid the coronavirus outbreak.
After passing the Senate, S.348 must next pass through the House of Representatives in order for Secretary Condos to have unilateral control over the decision.
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