MONTPELIER – The state of Vermont will send ballots to all registered voters to encourage mail-in voting in November, election officials said Monday.
Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos on Monday issued the formal rules the state will follow when voting in the 2020 General Election.
“Voting by mail is simple, safe, and secure,” said Condos, who oversees Vermont elections. “Planning for the 2020 Elections, as we collectively respond to the COVID-19 health crisis, has meant accepting that for some of us, the elections process may look or feel a little different this year.”
The 2020 Statewide Elections Directive is a result of laws passed by the Legislature this year that allows mail-in voting during the November election as a way to encourage voting during the COVID-19 pandemic.
As part of the directive, mail-in ballots will be sent to every active registered voter ahead of the election. Active registered voters are those who have not been issued a challenge by their local election board.
Voters can return the ballot by mail, bring it to their town of city clerk or cast that ballot at the polls on Election Day.
Condos says voting by mail is “safe, simple and secure.” Under the directive, there are limits on when candidates can return ballots to town or city clerks it allows the early processing of ballots by the clerks.