Legislation

Scott won’t veto universal vote-by-mail bill

Governor also backs racial reparations in concept, but questions process; says State will protect historic statues if threatened

By Guy Page

June 29, 2020 – Gov. Phil Scott said at his press conference today he will not veto S348, the bill allowing Secretary of State James Condos to conduct a universal vote-by-mail for the November 3 general election.

Vermont Daily asked: “Secretary Condos said in a recent op-ed that ‘widespread voter fraud, including by-mail, just doesn’t happen.’ Over the weekend the press reported that one-in-five ballots in a New Jersey vote by mail election had fraud were fraudulent. With that news, and the fact that Vermont town clerks don’t have signatures on file to compare with signatures on absentee ballots, have you received S348 yet and if so will you consider a veto?”

“I did receive it on Friday,” Gov. Scott said. “I’m not going to stand it its way. I want to make sure people have the opportunity to vote. They are the experts in the field, and if the Secretary of State says [universal vote by mail will be both safe and fair], we have to take him at his word. He’s the expert in the field. I won’t be standing in its way.”

The governor also indicated he is open to the concept of paying racial reparations, but has questions about how the process would work. Answering a question posed by Steve Merrill by NEKTV, he said, “It really is a question of how do you do that, and who is affected, and who pays, where does it come from? There’s a lot of questions to be answered.”

Vermont Daily also asked Gov. Scott if he would protect Vermont statues threatened by defacing, damaging, and toppling. Both he and Public Safety Commissioner Michael Schirling said they are not aware of any threats to Vermont statues, although Schirling said “I’m not sure we would share” such information. Scott concluded, “We want to protect our history and our assets in this state, and we will deal with [a threat] if and when it comes.”

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Opinion: Black Lives Matter – during an election year

Google Trends analytics shows a dramatic uptick in BLM during 2016 and 2020 election years.

By Tyler-Joseph Ballard

June 29, 2020 –  Over half a century ago, El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz, much better known as Malcolm X, had some poignant ideas about the nature of American liberalism. He stated, “the white liberal is the worst enemy to America, and the worst enemy to the black man… the white liberals aren’t white people who are for independence, who are moral and ethical in their thinking. They are just a faction of white people that are jockeying for power.” 

Tyler-Joseph Ballard

Web traffic analytics suggest the last two general election years have seen the plight of the African American community targeted by the generally white, liberal media with a proliferation of tragic news stories of systemic racism.

(To read rest of op-ed, click here.)

Photo: These four New Jersey men were charged with voter fraud by the New Jersey Attorney General last week in connection with a May 12 Paterson city vote-by-mail election in which about 1/5th of the total ballots were fraudulent. Photo New Jersey Attorney General’s office.

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  1. Mr. Page,

    In case you are interested. Some years ago I made a complaint to the Secretary of State, Deb Markowitz, about a car dealer in Island Pond who had gotten a stack of absentee ballots and was sending them to the people who owed him money for cars – telling them who to vote for. She blew me off and did nothing. The same car dealer was also accused of interfering with the mail by stealing a mail shipment to use that as an excuse to delay payment for cars he owed money for. He was never prosecuted for it but it caused a lot of trouble in the town because people’s payment of bills was also lost.

    No one can convince me that election fraud does not exist in Vermont. I recently received a form in the mail that sounded very much like a demand for me to order an absentee ballot. I will not. I will go to the polls, and they had better be open. And I will not be wearing a “submit to the lunacy” mask.

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