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.


Latest Elections & Government Reform News

VPIRG introduces its Vermont Voter Toolkit!

With election season right around the corner, we realize that all the information about voting along with all the promotion and campaigning done by candidates can be overwhelming, especially when trying to stay active and informed in your community. To help Vermonters see through the commotion that comes before Election Day on November 6th, VPIRG has ...

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VT Candidates Take No Fossil Fuel Money Pledge

Now more than ever, Vermonters need elected officials who are willing to take bold action towards reducing our dependence on dirty energy and fossil fuels. Despite broad consensus that we must transition away from dirty fossil fuels, Vermont’s greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise. From reduced snowfall, to extreme weather events and increased energy costs, ...

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What’s Your Plan For Voting?

With only five weeks until Election Day, it’s time for Vermonters to start thinking about how and when you are going to cast your vote. Now that voting in Vermont is so simple, the only thing to do is make sure to have a concrete plan in place to get out and vote. It is extremely ...

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New Voting Systems in Vermont

In recent years, Vermont has taken huge steps towards making it easier and more accessible to vote. Voter turnout in all elections has been on the rise since 2014, due in part to policies like Election Day voter registration, online voter registration, and automatic voter registration. With the help of automatic voter registration, anyone who is ...

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VT Commission Finds Gov. Scott in Violation of Ethics Code

Vermont’s new Ethics Commission offered a stern rebuke of Gov. Phil Scott Tuesday — calling out the governor’s ongoing financial relationship with his former business. The governor receives large annual payments from the business while the business itself has received at least one major state contract valued at $250,000 since Scott took office. The Commission stated ...

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So you’re not sure? Let us help you make a voting plan!

Now’s the time to start making a plan for how you’ll be voting. It’s pretty simple — we’re all far more likely to actually vote if we have a concrete plan in place. Here’s an overview of the three ways you can vote in Vermont and home helpful tips for crafting your personal, specific voting plan: 1.  ...

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Great, you’re voting early by mail – make a plan!

It’s pretty simple — we’re all far more likely to actually vote if we have a concrete plan in place. You’re planning to vote early by-mail, it’s time to start moving forward. Click here to check out our detailed Vote By-Mail Guide and consider the following: You must request your ballot. You can do so by ...

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Great, you’re voting early at the town clerk – make a plan!

It’s pretty simple — we’re all far more likely to actually vote if we have a concrete plan in place. You’re planning to vote early in-person at the town clerk — it’s time to start thinking about the following: When will you vote? Early voting has already begun, which means you can cast your vote anytime between ...

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