Voter guide: Everything you need to know about the August 11 primary in Vermont

The Vermont primary will take place August 11, and due to the coronavirus pandemic, voting could look a little differently this year. For those that have missed the Aug. 4 deadline to mail their absentee ballots, or would prefer to visit their polling location in-person, here’s what Burlington residents need to know before going to cast their vote.

How and where to vote

This sticker, handed out after ballots have been cast at polling stations, is the key to a cup of free coffee in Burlington, Vermont, on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018.

There are eight polling locations in Burlington; all stations will be open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Polling location(s): 

  • Ward 1: Mater Christi School, 100 Mansfield Ave.
  • Ward 2: H.O. Wheeler School, 6 Archibald St.
  • Ward 3: Lawrence Barnes Elementary School, 123 North St.
  • Ward 4: Saint Mark’s Youth Center, 1271 North Ave.
  • Ward 5: Burlington Electric Department, 585 Pine St.
  • Ward 6: Edmunds Middle School, 275 Main St.
  • Ward 7: C.P. Smith Elementary School, 332 Ethan Allen Parkway (site for Aug. state primary only)
  • Ward 8: Fletcher Free Library, 235 College St.

Click here for more information on how to vote in the August primary.

The 2020 race for Vermont governor

Gov. Phil Scott celebrates his win Tuesday night at the Double Tree by Hilton in Burlington, defeating democratic challenger Christine Hallquist.

Two-term governor Phil Scott is running for re-election, and he’ll face four challengers in the Republican primary. There are four Democratic primary candidates, including current lieutenant governor David Zuckerman and former state education secretary Rebecca Holcombe. 

Click here for a full list of candidates for governor.

The 2020 race for Vermont lieutenant governor

Senate President Pro Tempore Tim Ashe, D/P-Chittenden, left, joined by Speaker of the House Mitzi Johnson, D-South Hero, speaks at a press conference before the start of a special session of the Legislature at the Statehouse in Montpelier on Wednesday, May 23, 2018. The press conference was held to criticize Gov. Phil Scott for vetoing a minimum wage bill and a paid family leave bill.

An opening in Vermont’s lieutenant governor office, brought on by Zuckerman’s run for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination, has brought several candidates into the race.

The Democratic primary has four candidates, including Tim Ashe, current president pro tempore of the Vermont Senate, and current state senator Debbie Ingram. There are five Republican candidates and one Progressive.

For the full list of candidates for Vermont lieutenant governor, click here.

Chittenden County candidates for Vermont Senate

State Rep. Kesha Ram, D-Burlington, launches her campaign for lieutenant governor Monday evening, Oct. 26, 2015, at One Main Street in Burlington.

Fifteen major party candidates are running this year for six Chittenden County state Senate seats, including 13 Democrats and two Republicans. The Democratic candidates running include incumbents Phil Baruth, Virginia Lyons, Christopher Pearson and Michael Sirotkin, as well as former House member Kesha Ram.

For the full list of candidates for the Chittenden District in the Vermont Senate, click here.

Tips before heading to the polls

Voters are advised to either return their ballots directly to their town clerk by the end of the business day on Aug. 10 or deliver ballots to the polls.

Masks or facial coverings will be required at polling locations, as required under Gov. Phil Scott’s statewide mask mandate. Prior to mandate, poll stations were required to provide disposable masks if they required voters to wear them.

If a voter refuses to wear a mask in the polling location, they must be provided with an alternative, safe method of voting.

Contact Ethan Bakuli at (802) 556-1804 or ebakuli@freepressmedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @BakuliEthan.

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