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You Can Register to Vote through the VT Health Connect

If it's easy to do, we're more inclined to do it - That’s why Vermont wants to make voter registration easier!
If it's easy to do, we're more inclined to do it - That’s why Vermont wants to make voter registration easier!

Now, a new option to register when you sign up for the state's healthcare exchange.

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In her lifetime, Amy Shedrick has only voted once - the voter registration process discouraged her from casting her ballot.

"I think just for myself, like I said, it's a little bit confusing," Shedrick said.

Now, the Vermont Health Connect is a voter registration agency.

"I think that would help out a lot, for a lot of people," Shedrick said.

When signing up for the healthcare exchange, you'll be asked to fill out a simple form - one stop shop so you can vote and have a say in the way the state functions.

"We’re just trying to make it easier for people to register to vote so that they can access their fundamental rights," Secretary of State Jim Condos said.

The hotter the race, the better the turnout, 65% of Vermont’s 460,000 voters turned out to cast a ballot during this past election, that's actually slightly down from 2008. The goal is to have 100% of the eligible voters actually be registered to vote.

"Voting is the very basis; the very fundamental basis of our democracy and every eligible Vermonter should be registered to vote," Secretary Condos said.

You can use the new voter registration option starting in October,

I asked Shedrick, "might consider voting this time around?"  She laughed and said, "Possibly!"

In addition to the Vermont Health Connect; you can still register to vote at the DMV, the Department of Health and your town clerk's office.

 

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