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Vermont Senate considering vote-by-mail legislation

 Sen. Tim Ashe, D/P-Chittenden, speaks afer the Senate unanimously approved a measure to allow the body to vote remotely at the Statehouse in Montpelier on Wednesday, April 8, 2020. The special sessioon had a quorum of senators spaced around the chamber with others observing remotely. Photo by Glenn Russell/VTDigger
Sen. Tim Ashe, D/P-Chittenden, speaks afer the Senate unanimously approved a measure to allow the body to vote remotely at the Statehouse in Montpelier on Wednesday, April 8, 2020. The special sessioon had a quorum of senators spaced around the chamber with others observing remotely. Photo by Glenn Russell/VTDigger (WCAX)
Published: May. 27, 2020 at 10:49 AM EDT
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The Vermont Senate is working on legislation to allow the secretary of state's office to begin planning for mailing every registered voter an absentee ballot ahead of the Nov. 3 general election.

Senate leaders said in a news release Tuesday that in previous elections, about 30% of voters cast their ballots early, including by mail. It's expected that health concerns caused by the COVID-19 pandemic will increase that figure.

Secretary of State Jim Condos has said that for Vermont to rely on voting by mail for the November election, decisions need to be made soon.

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