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Condos urges Vermonters to mail ballots on Monday, Aug. 3

Published: 8/2/2020 9:16:34 PM
Modified: 8/2/2020 9:16:43 PM

MONTPELIER — The primary is just nine days away, and if voters want their ballots counted, they should mail them on Monday, Aug. 3, Vermont’s secretary of state said. 

Secretary Jim Condos said voters should not wait until later in the week to mail in ballots. The last day town clerks can accept ballots by mail is 5 p.m. Monday, Aug. 10.

If mail-in ballots are sent on Friday, Aug. 7, there is no guarantee they will arrive by Monday, Condos said.

“It’s not that I don’t trust the post office, they’re supposed to be giving ballots high priority,” he said, but all mail is now routed to processing centers in either Essex or White River Junction and can take two to more days for delivery.

There is also likely to be a high volume of ballots. As of 3 p.m. Friday, the secretary of state said 141,485 ballots had been requested. 

Nearly 57,000 have been returned. The number of Vermont absentee ballots combined for both 2016 and 2018 was 39,000.

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