Scott signs bill ensuring universal mail-in voting in Vermont general elections


Vermont Gov. Phil Scott stands on the steps of the Vermont Statehouse during a ceremony where he took the Oath of Office on Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021 Montpelier, Vt. Scott, a Republican, is beginning his third two-year term. (AP Photo/Wilson Ring)

Vermont Gov. Phil Scott has signed into law a bill that will make it easier for people to vote in general elections.

The new law will send general election ballots to all active voters, making permanent a policy used last year during the pandemic. Democratic Secretary of State Jim Condos has said the measure represents the largest expansion of Vermont voter access in decades, making it one of the most voter friendly states in the country.

In a statement, Scott asked lawmakers when they return in January to extend the provisions of the new law to primary elections, local elections and school budget votes.

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