MONTPELIER, Vt. (WCAX) Early voting started Friday in Vermont for the state's Democratic, Progressive and Republican primaries.
The state will mail all registered voters a postcard with instructions on how to request their ballot.
Voters can mail or deliver them to their town clerks for the Aug. 11 primaries.
Early voting is separate from the vote-by-mail system that the Legislature approved weeks ago.
Leaders are encouraging Vermonters to vote early or by mail to avoid crowds at the polls during the pandemic.
"Everything driving our decision-making has been about protecting the right to vote and protecting the health and safety of our voters, poll workers and town clerks. And secondly, that we are trying to find ways to encourage people to vote by mail if possible or vote early," said Jim Condos, D-Vt. Secretary of State.
Condos also says on average, 30% of Vermonters vote early through the mail and in person. He's anticipating seven times the number of voters this year compared to the 2018 elections.