While I agree that non-residents voting in Vermont elections would dilute the votes of Vermonters, I could not disagree more with Ms. Bucknam’s premise that my office provided guidance to allow or encourage this activity.
For over 200 years, Town Meeting Day has been an important political event as Vermonters elect local officers, vote on municipal and school budgets, and decide a host of other potential local issues, like bond votes or school district consolidations.
While some may view Secretary of State Jim Condos as playing politics when it comes to the White House’s Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, he nevertheless is a tireless spokesman for the often elusive ideals of government transparency and accountability.
Mr. Roper asserts our “wildly loose” interpretation of the residency requirement “does not reflect the spirit or the language of the statute.” I could not disagree more.
They were voting by absentee ballot in Vermont, deciding who would represent in public offices people who actually live here. That’s vote fraud, right? Wrong! At least according to our Secretary of State’s office.
A Connecticut family listed among the defendants in an ongoing voter fraud lawsuit has admitted voting in Vermont elections, according to public court documents. Family members said they got approval to do so from the Vermont Secretary of State’s office.
The tweets weren’t exactly the “we’re working overtime to safeguard our elections” talk one might expect from a chief elections official.
Allowing an ineligible voter to cast a ballot cancels out the vote of a legal voter, effectually erasing that legal voter’s vote. The outcome is the same as if the legal voter had been physically blocked from entering the polling place. This is unacceptable.
An elections commission set up by President Donald Trump has garnered opposition from states such as Vermont, but the Democrat founder of a national, nonpartisan elections watchdog group says voter fraud — especially regarding the use of absentee ballots — is a serious problem that needs to be investigated.
Secretary of State Jim Condos on Monday said he is weighing all options to resist a bipartisan federal commission formed to investigate voter fraud.
Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos is responding to accusations that he disparaged Victory residents and tainted an ongoing judicial proceeding in the town, saying his comments have been misunderstood.