Vermont elections: Overall voter turnout for Nov. 3 election exceeded 360,000, sets record

Vermont has broken its previous record for voter turnout after more than 360,000 people cast ballots in Tuesday’s 2020 general election, the Secretary of State’s Office announced. 

That number is still climbing as the last few towns report their tallies to the state’s top election office, according to a post from the office on Twitter. As of Wednesday at 9:45 a.m., three precincts out of 275 had yet to report their results, a map on the office’s website showed.

The previous record for overall turnout, set during Vermont’s 2008 general election, resulted in just under 327,000 people casting votes, the office said.

This is the second record that Vermont has broken during this election season. The first was for early voter turnout in the general election, which this year totaled more than 260,000 ballots cast either by mail or in person before Nov. 3, according to the office.

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Ballots for the General Election were sent to all active voters in late September to help encourage early voting during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, polling stations throughout the state were open Tuesday for people who chose to instead vote in person. Those polling stations were set up to mitigate any risks of spreading COVID-19, Secretary of State Jim Condos has said.

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