Elections and Government Reform

2022 VT Legislative Session Recap

We’ve recently wrapped up a busy, successful – and, in some cases, challenging – legislative session. VPIRG members helped win some exciting victories on environmental justice, getting mercury out of lighting in Vermont, a record-setting $200 million for climate action in the budget, and more! But we also faced some disappointments–falling just short in our …

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2022 Mid-Session Legislative Update

We’re halfway through the 2022 legislative session in Vermont, and though our work continues to look a little different due to the ongoing pandemic, we have made significant progress across the board on our legislative priorities. From the continuing fight for Bottle Bill modernization to advancing a landmark climate legislation, read on to see where …

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New ad campaign gives Ranked Choice Voting a big boost

Legislation aimed at giving voters more choices and a stronger voice in elections received a big boost today with the launch of a significant advertising campaign featuring some high-profile legislative leaders. Senate President Pro Tempore Becca Balint (D-Windham), joined Senators Chris Pearson (P/D- Chittenden), and Kesha Ram Hinsdale (D-Chittenden) appearing in the ad, supporting ranked …

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Legislative Reapportionment: the Survey Results are in!

Later this week the U.S. Census Bureau will release detailed data on Vermont’s current population, and with that information, the once-in-a-decade effort to redraw the state’s legislative district boundaries will really begin. Since the district maps will influence Vermont’s elections, politicians, and policies for the next 10 years, we believe it’s essential to get the …

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Universal Mail-in Voting Becomes Law in Vermont

Advocacy groups, civic organizations, and businesses hailed a brand-new law, signed by Gov. Phil Scott today, requiring ballots to be mailed to all active Vermont voters in general elections moving forward. The policy that was put in place as a one-time emergency measure in 2020 during the early days of the pandemic.   Mail-in voting contributed …

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2021 Legislative Wrap-Up

The Vermont legislature has officially wrapped up its work for the session, and once again VPIRG’s research, member engagement, and advocacy efforts paid off. We were incredibly successful in this “virtual” session, going toe-to-toe against some of the most powerful corporate lobbyists in the state. We’re pleased to announce that a number of our top …

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VT Legislature Sends “Vote by Mail” Legislation to Governor

The Vermont Senate concurred in a voice vote today with House changes to S.15, legislation that will require ballots to be mailed to all Vermont voters in general elections moving forward. The policy that was put in place as a one-time emergency measure in 2020 during the early days of the pandemic. The bill will …

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VT Republicans and the Big Little Lie

On May 12th, 2021, House Republicans in Congress removed a top leader because she refused to endorse the Big Lie about the 2020 presidential election. At the same time in Vermont, dozens of elected Republicans in the state House of Representatives were busy promoting the false notion that our elections are at great risk due …

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