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Vermont Sees Spike In Absentee Ballot Requests

July 3, 2020

A lot more people are expected to vote absentee in Vermont this year than in prior elections.

The state’s primary voting begins on August 11 but already, there have been many people asking for early voting ballots. As of June 29, 15,663 had made the request. That’s a massive uptick when compared to the 2,247 requests at the same point in 2018, as VTDigger reports.

With more people requesting these ballots, it’s possible that the primary election ends up having a higher turnout overall than in previous years. Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos told VTDigger he expects turnout will “inch a little higher” this year, when compared to the past.

For governor, four Republicans, four Democrats, and two Progressive Party members are contesting the primaries in Vermont in 2020.

For U.S. representative, four Republicans, two Democrats, and two Progressive Party members are running in the primaries.

For lieutenant governor, five Republicans, four Democrats, and one Progressive Party member are running.

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