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June 23, 2016

Vermont’s early voting for the state primary begins

Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos announced Monday, June 20, that early voting will officially open Friday, June 24.
Beginning on Friday, registered voters will be able to request a ballot from their town clerk by phone, mail, or online and cast their vote for the Aug. 9 election. The elections staff has already finalized and sent out the ballots to town clerks and some towns may even open their early voting before Friday.
“Vermont’s early voting system is one of the many ways our office ensures voting is accessible to eligible Vermont voters,” stated Condos. “We recognize that many Vermonters have busy schedules and may not be able to take time away from work or their families to vote on Aug. 9. Early voting ensures these people are not left out of the democratic process by giving them more opportunities to cast their vote.”
Those who would like to request a ballot and vote early can contact their local town clerk or visit the Secretary of State’s website at: sec.state.vt.us/elections/voters/absentee-voting.aspx.
Ballots are available at city/town clerks beginning no later than Friday, June 24, until the close of their offices the day before the election. Ballots must be completed and returned to the appropriate town clerk by the close of polls on Aug. 9.
Keep in mind, only registered voters can request a ballot. Voters who are not yet registered can go online to complete their registration at sec.state.vt.us/elections/voters/registration.aspx. Voters must register by August 3 to be eligible to vote in the Aug. 9 primary.
“Voting is a constitutional right and I am proud that our early voting system makes this right more accessible. Whether you vote early or at the polls on Aug. 9th, I strongly encourage all Vermonters to get out and exercise their right vote,” said Condos.

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