Vermont Daily Today

Wednesday, October 28, 2020 Edition

Condos: Vermonters can’t recall votes and vote again

Legislature could make universal mailed ballot permanent 

Brute force hacking: “we now have prohibited it for sure”

By Guy Page

October 28, 2020 – There’s no “do-over” allowed for Vermont voters, Secretary of State Jim Condos said today.

Nationwide, large numbers of voters are asking if they can change their absentee ballot at the polls. Changing votes can’t happen in Vermont, Condos told reporters on a Zoom press conference today.

Answering a question by Mike Donoghue of the Islander, Condos said, “Vermont law does not allow you to recast a vote.” Elections Director Will Senning confirmed: “the law is really clear.” New York, Connecticut, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Minnesota – the latter three “battleground” states – all allow voters to change their absentee votes at the ballot box. MORE….

VT media still mum on Biden laptop

By Guy Page

October 28, 2020 – Where the Hunter Biden laptop scandal story is concerned, it’s still crickets from the Vermont media.

On October 15, Vermont Daily published “VT media buzz about Biden computer = crickets,” describing the in-state media’s disinterest. Clearly Vermont readers are intrigued:  True North Report’s publication of the story drew almost 100 comments.

One True North commenter described the problem in a nutshell: “This is a very important situation and the lack of media coverage means that we have to cover this ourselves, to get the story out as it unfolds. Or at least attempt to.” 

Another person wrote: “The traditional US, Europe and Vermont media have decided not to mention the grafting and grifting of the Biden clan in Ukraine, Russia and Moscow….Is that the way the US people are allowed to elect their PRESIDENT?”

Despite reader interest, since October 15 Vermont Daily has found exactly two published reports (besides our own) on Vermont media, both op-eds. True North also carried a column by conservative gadfly Bob Orleck suggesting the Democrats may use the scandal to push Biden out of office in favor of VP Kamala Harris. Bennington Banner columnist Alden Graves dismissed the story as “manufactured furor” and “completely unsubstantiated allegations” that are “peppered with the same kind of Russian disinformation.” MORE…..

Feds take point on VT election anti-fraud efforts

United States Attorney Christina Nolan announced Oct. 25 that Assistant United States Attorneys (AUSA) Michael Drescher and Barbara Masterson will lead the efforts in connection with the Justice Department’s nationwide Election Day program for the upcoming Nov. 3 general election.

AUSAs Drescher and Masterson have been appointed to serve as the district election officers (DEO) for the District of Vermont, and in that capacity are responsible for overseeing the district’s handling of complaints of election fraud and voting rights concerns in consultation with Justice Department Headquarters in Washington.

Christina Nolan, U.S. Attorney for Vermont

Nolan stated, “Every citizen must be able to vote without interference or discrimination and to have that vote counted without it being stolen because of fraud or intimidation. The Department of Justice will act appropriately to protect the integrity of the election process.”

She added that her office has been working closely with the Vermont Secretary of State, Vermont’s Attorney General, the Vermont State Police, and other state and local partners to ensure a quick and collaborative response in the event of election interference.

The Department of Justice has an important role in deterring election fraud and discrimination at the polls and combating these violations whenever and wherever they occur. MORE…..

97 years ago, Vermonter stayed on sinking sub to rescue fellow crewman

Henry Breault survived and was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor. But no-one knows where in Vermont he lived

By Guy Page

October 28, 2020 – Today marks the 97th anniversary of the heroic event that earned a Vermont man the Congressional Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest award for military valor. 

President Calvin Coolidge – himself a Vermonter, of course – personally presented the Congressional Medal of Honor to Torpedoman Second Class Henry Breault on March 8, 1924. The Putnam, Connecticut native’s citation tells the story of his heroism:

The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Torpedoman Second Class Henry Breault, United States Navy, for heroism and devotion to duty while serving on board the U.S. Submarine 0-5 at the time of the sinking of that vessel at Limon Bay, Panama Canal Zone. On the morning of 28 October 1923, the 0-5 collided with the steamship Abangarez and sank in less than a minute. When the collision occurred, Torpedoman Second Class Breault was in the torpedo room. Upon reaching the hatch, he saw that the boat was rapidly sinking. Instead of jumping overboard to save his own life, he returned to the torpedo room to the rescue of a shipmate whom he knew was trapped in the boat, closing the torpedo room hatch on himself. Breault and Brown remained trapped in this compartment until rescued by the salvage party 31 hours later. MORE…..

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