Vermont

Snapshot: Vermont has middling scores for voting access and ballot security but a good score for how its elected officials responded to claims about the 2020 election.

Ease of Voting

Some measures to expand access
5 out of 7 benchmarks

Ballot Security

Some measures to ensure accuracy and security
5 out of 8 benchmarks

What Politicians Say

Few responses that undermined the 2020 election
4 out of 4 benchmarks

After experimenting with vote-by-mail during the coronavirus pandemic, Vermont became one of eight states that conduct elections entirely by mail.

Under a law passed in 2021, all active voters in Vermont will be sent a ballot in the weeks before a general election which they can return by mail or drop off at an elections office. Some areas also offer drive-thru ballot drop off.

When signing the legislation, Republican Governor Phil Scott asked lawmakers to expand all-mail elections to local elections and party primaries, but they have so far not done so.

Vermont broke a turnout record set in 2008 in the 2020 election.


Ease of Voting

Is the state making it easy for eligible voters to register and cast a ballot?
Met 0 out of 0 benchmarks
How Vermont compares to other states
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The 2021 law also set rules for ballot drop boxes, including requirements that they be on land owned by local governments, are permanently attached to the ground or an “immovable object” and are under 24-hour video surveillance.

The number of required drop boxes varies by the size of the town, from one to five.

Lawmakers also created a process for voters to fix mail ballots that were rejected for reasons such as a lack of signature.


Ballot Security

Is the state following best practices to ensure ballot counting is accurate and timely?
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The vote-by-mail law also added a requirement that the secretary of state check the voter rolls with information from other state agencies and prepare a public report by 2023 on how vote-by-mail is working.


How Politicians Responded to the 2020 Election

What did the state do in the aftermath of Trump's defeat?
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How Vermont compares to other states
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Scott, the only Republican elected to a statewide office in Vermont and the only GOP governor to publicly say he voted for Biden, condemned Trump’s baseless claims of fraud, calling them “absolutely shameful.”


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Story by: Ryan Teague Beckwith and Bill Allison
Graphics by: Paul Murray, Allison McCartney and Mira Rojanasakul
With assistance by: Rachael Dottle, Marie Patino, Jenny Zhang, Gregory Korte, Romy Varghese, Vincent Del Giudice, Nathan Crooks, Margaret Newkirk, Shruti Date Singh, David Welch, Elise Young, Dina Bass, Brendan Walsh, Carey Goldberg and Maria Wood
Editors: Wendy Benjaminson, Wes Kosova, Alex Tribou and Yue Qiu
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