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
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 – ...Read More
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. The ...Read More
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 as ...Read More
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 majority ...Read More
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 and ...Read More
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 ...Read More
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 ...Read More
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 ...Read More