Elections and Government Reform

Join Us in Supporting Gov. Scott’s Call for Trump’s Resignation or Removal

We were horrified by the attack on the U.S. Capitol on January 6. The images were shocking. Members of Congress sheltering in place, doors barricaded, and guns drawn by security personnel to keep the angry mob out. One person was shot and killed inside the Capitol during the assault and several others were apparently injured. …

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We Want to Hear Your Thoughts on Vote-by-Mail

As we collectively catch our breath (and breathe a sigh of relief!) following the election, we have a lot to be proud of as Vermonters. More than 365,000 Vermonters participated in the 2020 Vermont general election, blowing away the previous record by more than 40,000 votes.   This record-breaking turnout is due to a variety of factors – …

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Gray, Pearce Commit to Supporting Popular Vote Winners

Two of the major party candidates running for Vermont’s top offices (Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and Treasurer) have pledged to support the person who wins the most votes in their race. Incumbent State Treasurer Beth Pearce (D) has signed the pledge, as has Democrat Molly Gray, who is running for the open seat for lieutenant governor. …

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Lower Barriers to Voting Means Higher Youth Voter Participation

Voter turnout is notoriously low among young people. However, the dominant narrative that young folks don’t vote because we are simply apathetic is largely inaccurate. Often, the primary barriers preventing young voters from voting are structural, not personal.   For example, voters age 18-34 face higher levels of voting challenges than all other age groups with barriers such …

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VPIRG calls on candidates to respect the results of the election

In the closing days of the 2020 election, the Vermont Public Interest Research Group (VPIRG) is calling on all of the candidates for Vermont’s top three offices to agree to support the person who wins the most votes in their race. Under Vermont’s Constitution, if no candidate for Governor, Lieutenant Governor or Treasurer wins a …

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Join us for a forum on voter rights and voter suppression

We’re excited to be co-presenting a panel discussion about voter rights and voter suppression on Wednesday, October 21st at 7:00 p.m., alongside Next Stage Arts Project, The Vermont League of Women Voters, Vermont ACLU, the Jonathan Daniels Center for Social Responsibility, and Disability Rights Vermont.  The event will be feature panelists working in the field of voter rights …

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Every Vote Must be Counted

Everyone counts. Every vote counts. And every vote must be counted. These are values we all hold, and they are not negotiable. By now, we’re sure you’ve heard about President Trump refusing to say whether he’ll accept the results of the election. It’s clear from his incessant lies about the safety and effectiveness of voting …

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October 23 is Vermont Early Ballot Return Day!

To ensure your voice is heard in this critical election, commit to returning your ballot on or before October 23rd.  RSVP today at https://www.facebook.com/events/1002555240260780/ Burlington residents are invited to join us outside Burlington City Hall on Friday, October 23rd between 2:00 – 5:00 PM to return their ballots at the designated ballot return drop box. …

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Ballot Drop Box Lookup Tool is Up and Running

The 2020 general election is fast approaching! The Secretary of State has sent  every active, registered voter in Vermont their mail-in ballot, and voting is officially underway.  Once you receive your ballot, it’s important to remember the “4 S’s” to ensure your vote gets counted: Select your candidates, Seal the ballot inside the return envelope, Sign the certificate on the voted ballot envelope, …

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