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 Democracy News

New Voting Systems in Vermont

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

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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VPIRG Votes: Our 2018 ‘Get Out the Vote’ Effort Gets Underway

VPIRG Votes: Our 2018 'Get Out the Vote' Effort Gets Underway

Despite a strong civic culture in our state, voter turnout in Vermont is declining. In 2014 – the last non-presidential election year – Vermont saw the worst voter turnout in more than 50 years at a mere 41%. Compared to the 63% voter turnout in 2016, that’s more than 125,000 eligible Vermont voters that did not ...

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VPIRG members thank No Fossil Fuel Money Pledge signers

VPIRG members thank No Fossil Fuel Money Pledge signers

Back in August, we at VPIRG began asking candidates in the upcoming elections to sign on to our No Fossil Fuel Money Pledge, taking a stand against the influence of dirty money in their candidacy and our democracy. Since then, close to 80 candidates from across the state have signed on, choosing to prioritize the ...

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High Voter Turnout in the 2018 Vermont Primary

High Voter Turnout in the 2018 Vermont Primary

Voter turnout in the 2018 Vermont primary was one of the highest in Vermont’s history. Over 107,000 Vermonters voted, yielding an almost 22% voter turnout rate. Compared to a 9% voter turnout in 2014 — the last non-presidential primary year — the results of the 2018 summer election make it clear that Vermonters have never ...

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