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Vermont's early voting to begin this Friday

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Posted on June 23, 2016 |
By Addison Independent



MONTPELIER — Early voting for Vermont’s upcoming primaries will officially open on Friday, June 24.

Beginning on Friday, any registered voter 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 at the Vermont Secretary of State’s Office 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,” said Secretary of State Jim 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 www.sec.state.vt.us/elections/voters/absentee-voting.aspx.

Ballots are available at your town clerk’s office beginning no later than Friday, June 24, until the close of their town clerk’s office 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. Vermont residents who are not yet registered to vote can complete their registration online at www.sec.state.vt.us/elections/voters/registration.aspx.

Voters must register by Aug. 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,” Condos said. “Whether you vote early or at the polls on Aug. 9, I strongly encourage all Vermonters to get out and exercise their right vote.”

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