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

VT House Passes Automatic Voter Registration!

VT House Passes Automatic Voter Registration!

Today, the Vermont House of Representatives overwhelmingly supported Automatic Voter Registration (AVR) in Vermont. With a vote of 137-0 on H. 458, House members stood up to modernize our voter registration system and reduce the barriers to democratic participation at a time when many states around the country are working to make it more difficult ...

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2016 Legislative Preview

2016 Legislative Preview

The 2016 Vermont legislative session is here! VPIRG is excited to build on the nearly 45 years of success that we have achieved together and continue working in the State House to protect our environment, watch out for consumers and put Vermont on a path to a sustainable future. Click on a program name below to jump ...

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Online Voter Registration opens in Vermont

Online Voter Registration opens in Vermont

Vermont has just taken another important step towards getting more eligible Vermonters registered to vote. On Thursday, Secretary of State Jim Condos announced the roll out of a new online voter registration system. Thanks to this new system, Vermonters can easily register to vote from home or wherever they access the internet, continuing to make voter ...

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Governor Signs Election Day Registration into Law

Governor Signs Election Day Registration into Law

Governor Peter Shumlin signed S.29 – the Election Day registration bill – into law today, at a ceremony at the Montpelier City Hall. This law makes Vermont the 14th state to enact Election Day registration – joining a group that includes Vermont neighbors Maine and New Hampshire. Beginning in 2017, all eligible Vermonters will be able to ...

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Vermont House Passes Election Day Registration

Vermont House Passes Election Day Registration

The Vermont House of Representatives voted 87-54 to pass S.29, a bill allowing Election Day registration in the state. Beginning in 2017, all eligible Vermonters will have the opportunity to register to vote on Election Day. Under current law, any Vermonter who wants to vote on Election Day must be registered by the previous Wednesday. Experts predict ...

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VPIRG Advocate Testifies in Support of Election Day Registration

VPIRG Advocate Testifies in Support of Election Day Registration

VPIRG Energy and Democracy Advocate Julia Michel (pictured, left at at a 2014 young voter turnout event) testified before the House Government Operations committee today in support of S.29 – a bill that would allow Election Day voter registration in Vermont. (Read her full testimony here.) “Throughout our nation’s history, Americans have faced legal and procedural barriers ...

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VPIRG Testifies to Support Election Day Registration

VPIRG Testifies to Support Election Day Registration

VPIRG has a long history of supporting measures designed to boost voter participation in elections because we believe democracy is best served when more people participate.  This year, we’re asking lawmakers to support Election Day Registration, to remove one more obstacle in order to make it just a little bit easier for eligible Vermonters to ...

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VPIRG’s 2015 Legislative Priorities

VPIRG's 2015 Legislative Priorities

With the first week of the 2015 Legislative Session wrapping up, check out VPIRG’s priorities for 2015! (Click the Program Name to jump to that section). Clean Energy Consumer Protection Elections & Government Reform Environmental Protection Health Care Toxics & Environmental Health Clean Energy Putting a Price on Pollution: With storms like Irene giving us a taste of what a future of global warming ...

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