Letter to the editor: Please register and turn out to vote this November

By any measure U.S. citizens do not show up to vote in respectable or democratic numbers. Internationally we are listed in the bottom third of developed countries when it comes to voter turnout in national elections. Countries like Belgium, Sweden, Denmark and Australia (in that order) all have average voter turnout rates above 78%, while in the 2016 U.S. Presidential election, only 56% of U.S. citizens who were old enough to vote actually turned out and voted. Let us quickly examine at that reality. There … (read more)

Protesters condemn Postal Service cuts

ADDISON COUNTY AND BRANDON — Anger over the precipitous decline in the quality of mail delivery from the U.S. Postal Service showed itself this past Saturday when protests popped up in front of at least three local post offices. Slogans on placards and po … (read more)

Ways of Seeing: Rethinking American political progress

On Aug. 18, Donald Trump posthumously pardoned Susan B. Anthony. who voted illegally in 1872, well before the 19th amendment granted some women that right in 1920. I wonder if he would have pardoned her if she were black. For decades, Anthony fought shoul … (read more)

Letter to the editor: ‘Vote Forward’ encourages turnout at elections

We believe in the importance of doing something in this critical electoral season to get out the vote. Our fragile democracy depends on voter participation, especially of formerly marginalized citizens and those who have not voted in previous elections. O … (read more)

Residents adjust to new voting protocols

ADDISON COUNTY — A record number of Vermonters voted in Tuesday’s primary, and the majority of them voted early by absentee ballot. As of Wednesday afternoon, with all but one state district recorded, the Secretary of State’s office reported that 159,701 … (read more)

Editorial: Vote next Tuesday — primaries matter, especially this year

It’s normal to have several candidates vying for the two top offices in the state during every primary. But typically the two major party candidates are well known and the primary serves as a warm-up to the General Election.  For Democrats, this year is a … (read more)

Opinion: The importance of voting is not lost

This week’s writer is Ruth Hardy, a state senator representing Addison County, Huntington and Buels Gore. She lives in East Middlebury with her husband and three children. As a citizen, I take voting very seriously. The act of voting for me is celebratory … (read more)

Eric Davis: Make sure your early votes count

With 12 days still to go until Vermont’s Aug. 11 primary election, more voters have requested absentee ballots for the primary than voted both in person and by mail in the 2016 and 2018 primaries. More than 150,000 voters may end up requesting absentee ba … (read more)

Letter to the editor: Students advocate for mail-in voting system

Twelve local students, including four from area high schools and eight from Middlebury College, where among the 96 signatories of a recent letter to Gov. Phil Scott, Secretary of State Jim Condos, House Speaker Mitzi Johnson and Senate President Pro Tempo … (read more)

Letter to the editor: Voting by mail needed this fall

Thank you, Angelo, for your recent editorial regarding the need to vote by mail in the November general election. In this time of a global pandemic, when public health is at risk, voting by mail is the safest way to conduct elections. It is baffling, ther … (read more)

Editorial: Expand voting by mail

In light of COVID-19, social distancing and the upcoming primaries in August, and the General Election in November, Vermont’s Sec. of State James Condos has been mulling the possibility of expanding voting by mail for the past several weeks. To that end, … (read more)

The electoral college and other quirks of U.S. voting

BRISTOL — To get a sense of why the Electoral College is criticized so heavily these days, one need only consider that Republican Donald Trump was elected president in 2016 despite losing the popular vote by 2,868,686 ballots. One way to look at that fact … (read more)