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Vermont sees record-breaking early voting

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Published: Nov. 2, 2020 at 11:10 AM EST
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MONTPELIER, Vt. (WCAX) - Vermont is seeing record-breaking early voting in this election. And the state could see an all-time record for voter turnout this year, driven by early voting and intense interest in the presidential race.

The most votes ever cast in a Vermont election happened in 2008. Some 326,000 people voted in that election that saw Barack Obama become the nation’s first Black president. That’s a turnout rate of 72% of registered voters.

According to Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos, 242,700 Vermonters had already cast their ballots as of Friday. That shatters the record of 95,000 Vermonters who voted early or absentee in the 2016 presidential race.

Condos says he expects that number to only go up before Tuesday, which is Election Day.

The numbers soared this year in part because all registered voters in Vermont were mailed a ballot without having to request one and fears of COVID have some voters wanting to avoid crowded polling places.

If you still have your mail-in ballot, you can bring it to your town clerk before they close on Monday or to your polling place Tuesday.

Polling places will be open as usual on Tuesday for anyone who wants to vote in person.

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