Making government more open, responsive to, and reflective of ordinary citizens.

Narrow special interests disproportionately influence elections, public debate, and the government’s decision-making process, often drowning out the voice, subverting the will, and harming the interest of the general public. VPIRG is working for a more participatory and inclusive democracy: in favor of government transparency and integrity, against big money politics, and for more fair and accessible elections.

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Latest Elections & Government Reform News

We’re One Week Away From the Vermont August Primary!

We're One Week Away From the Vermont August Primary!

Vermont’s State Primary Election is on Tuesday, August 11. That means you have just a few days left to make sure your vote is counted! The Secretary of State is recommending Vermonters mail in their primary ballots no later than August 3rd to ensure that they arrive at the town clerks’ offices in time to be ...

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How to Vote by Mail in the VT August Primary

How to Vote by Mail in the VT August Primary

Here at VPIRG we’ve been working for months to ensure that no Vermonter is forced to choose between protecting their health and exercising their right to vote this year. Thankfully, the Vermont legislature recently passed bill S.348 granting full authority to the Secretary of State to mail all registered voters a ballot for this year’s ...

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Gov. Scott Allows Vote-by-Mail Bill to Pass Into Law Without Signature

Gov. Scott Allows Vote-by-Mail Bill to Pass Into Law Without Signature

On Friday, Governor Phil Scott allowed S.348 to become law without his signature. This law grants full authority to the Secretary of State to mail all registered voters a ballot for this year’s General Election in November. This law finally makes it possible for Vermont to move forward with a vote-by-mail system, which is the ...

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VT House Passes Vote-By-Mail Legislation on 115-29 Vote

VT House Passes Vote-By-Mail Legislation on 115-29 Vote

The team here at VPIRG is excited to send a massive “THANK YOU” to the 115 members of the Vermont House of Representatives who took a stand today to ensure that no Vermonter has to choose between their safety and their right to vote this year. Late this afternoon, the Vermont House of Representatives gave its ...

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VT Senate Passes Vote-by-Mail Bill

VT Senate Passes Vote-by-Mail Bill

The Vermont Senate voted 21-7 today in favor of S.348, granting full authority to the Secretary of State to determine whether to mail all registered voters a ballot for this year’s General Election in November. This legislation will make it possible to move forward with a universal vote-by-mail system in Vermont to make voting safe ...

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Vote-by-mail is the safe choice for 2020

Vote-by-mail is the safe choice for 2020

No voter in Vermont should have to choose between staying safe and exercising their right to vote this year. But there is no question that during this pandemic, in-person voting can be dangerous for voters and poll workers alike. This is especially true for the November general election, when voter participation rates are expected to be ...

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VPIRG and Allies Send Vote-By-Mail Petition to Governor; SOS

VPIRG and Allies Send Vote-By-Mail Petition to Governor; SOS

Last week VPIRG and a coalition of allies sent the following letter to Governor Phil Scott and Secretary of State Jim Condos calling on them to immediately institute a vote-by-mail system in Vermont. The letter was accompanied by a petition signed by just over 1,180 Vermonters in support of this policy. This comes at a critical ...

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It’s Time for Vote-by-Mail in Vermont

It's Time for Vote-by-Mail in Vermont

No one should have to choose between staying safe and exercising their right to vote. But we’re heading toward an election in the middle of a pandemic. Early voting for Vermont’s August primary begins in late June. And there is no way of knowing what the COVID-19 threat will be for the rest of 2020. It’s critical ...

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