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

Every Vote Must be Counted

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 by ...

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October 23 is Vermont Early Ballot Return Day!

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. We’ll have ...

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Ballot Drop Box Lookup Tool is Up and Running

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, and Send ...

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Court Dismisses Mail-In Voting Case

Court Dismisses Mail-In Voting Case

We applaud federal Judge Geoffrey Crawford for dismissing a lawsuit intended to derail Vermont’s plan for universal mail-in voting this year. It has been sad to see Republicans standing in the way of safe voting in Vermont at every turn this year. They voted against it in the legislature. The governor refused to sign off on ...

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Connect with the candidates on your ballot in the 2020 election

Connect with the candidates on your ballot in the 2020 election

We believe that open channels of communication between Vermont citizens and their elected representatives are essential to a healthy, functioning democracy. And in a year like this one, that’s never been more critical. That’s why we’ve compiled the Vote Safe Vermont Candidate Information Toolkit. This comprehensive compilation of legislators’ websites, social media pages, ...

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Concerned about federal funding for you community?

Concerned about federal funding for you community?

As you probably know, the U.S. Constitution requires the government to complete a census every 10 years. The goal is to count every permanent resident, regardless of citizenship status — and, despite President Trump’s wishes, there is no citizenship question on the 2020 Census.1 Why is this so important? Because census data directly determines federal funding for ...

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We Need Young Vermonters to Vote

We Need Young Vermonters to Vote

Where are the youth?  Our democracy works best when as many people as possible participate. Unfortunately, rates of youth voter participation have historically been significantly lower than older age groups. There are many reasons for this – lack of knowledge and time to learn about candidates, difficulties changing registration when moving frequently, not believing that voting actually makes a difference, and just ...

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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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