Elections

Condos says ‘no significant abnormalities or discrepancies’ in 2020 general election

Yesterday Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos announced the completion of the 2020 Vermont General Election Audit, which was conducted on April 28 at the Pavilion Auditorium located in Montpelier. No significant abnormalities or discrepancies were found between the audit results and the Official Returns of Vote.

Vermont Daily has asked election officials for more details on any abnormalities or discrepancies and will report their response as soon as it is available.

“Yesterday’s successful audit of the 2020 Vermont General Election has verified the accuracy, dependability and integrity of Vermont’s official November General Election results,” said Condos. “While the audit is an important administrative process required by state law, it also serves to give Vermont voters strengthened confidence in our election results. Every voter deserves to have peace of mind in knowing that when they cast their ballot it will be counted accurately.”

Audits of General Election results are a nationally identified best practice and have been required by Vermont state statute since 2006. Every vote cast must be securely sealed by the Town or City Clerks in tamper proof ballot bags under strict chain of custody and retained in the vaults for 22 months following the election.

Seven towns or cities were selected at random for the 2020 General Election Audit: Brandon, Pownal, Randolph, South Burlington (Chittenden 7-4), Topsham, Warren and Worcester. Six of these towns use optical scan tabulators for the tabulation of election results, and one town (Topsham) uses hand count procedures.


The sealed ballot bags for these towns or districts were delivered, opened and audited using equipment that is distinctly different, and independent of, the tabulators used in Vermont towns. The audit results were compared to the Official Returns of Vote (ORV) that were submitted by the Town Clerks following their certification of the November General Election results.

No significant abnormalities or discrepancies were found between the audit results and ORV, verifying the accuracy and integrity of the certified, official election results. The results of the audit will be posted on the Secretary of State’s website once the data has been formatted.

The 2020 General Election Audit was open to the public and livestreamed by ORCA Media. The recorded livestream can be viewed courtesy of ORCA Media on their YouTube channel.

“As we work to combat the conspiracy theories, misinformation and disinformation that partisan operatives continue to use to erode public confidence in the integrity of the 2020 election results, audits are one critical way that election officials can respond to these unfounded allegations,” said Condos. “The right to vote is the very foundation of our democracy and the truth matters. All that we can do as election officials is respond with facts and evidence, by transparently demonstrating the integrity and security of our elections process.”

Secretary of State press release republished with minor additions and edits. Screenshot from ORCA video of audit.

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  1. If I understood the audit correctly it was only to verify the count was correct, not to check if the people who voted were alive and were residents of the town on election day. How about a check to see if the number of ballots cast equaled the number of people checked off on the checklist?

  2. Very WEAK Audit. The results were only compared to the Official Returns of Votes. Wow, big deal. No ballots were checked for fraud, the machines were not checked for fraud. They only counted the ballots and compared totals. A grade schooler could do that. Who were the auditors?

    FORENSIC AUDIT needs to be Done in ALL STATES!

    Remember, Condos met with China in 2019 along with the Governor, in Montpelier!

  3. Jim Condos:
    “As we work to combat the conspiracy theories, misinformation and disinformation that partisan operatives continue to use to erode public confidence in the integrity of the 2020 election results, audits are one critical way that election officials can respond to these unfounded allegations,”

    Jim has it all wrong!

    Proper controls to validate accuracy of election results would make the necessity of combative work to detect fraud all but disappear.

    The only reason folks don’t trust the outcome, is because Jim and those currently in power, advocate for controls that cannot be verified!

  4. Like we are suppose to believe Condos.. REALLY!??! He wouldn’t know the truth if it hit him in the mouth. I have yet seen any proof that he and his family been threaten but yet we are suppose to believe him. He could stand there and count the votes and still get it wrong. He is the type that can say it’s raining out and you would still check to see if it was..

  5. Please keep in mind that Condos’s audit did one thing, it compared the ballot count by town clerks to the audited count of the same ballots. The audit verified nothing about ballot legitimacy, as expressed earlier by Barre Town Clerk Carol Dawes.

    “There isn’t any way in our current system that would … preclude somebody making a request and then voting on behalf of someone who doesn’t want to vote.”

    “Dawes went on to say that she ‘hoped’ that the number of people who cast fraudulent votes in this manner are small, and ‘believes’ that it is. But, and this is the critical point, she has no way of actually knowing what those numbers really are. They could be small; they could be huge. We don’t know, and the system does not allow us to know.”

    So, SOS Condos is telling the truth. He completed his audit. But clearly, the only aspect of the election the audit verified is that Town Clerks can count. Nothing more.

  6. Yup, they know how to count. Sorry, but for a task that should have been mastered in elementary school doesn’t fly ! Were any votes made under names of people that are dead ? That was not the audit. Did the signatures match on mail in voting ? That is not even done in Vermont. What was the criteria for appointing the audit team ? Heaven forbid we ask for ID voting, even though you can’t cash a check at the bank and get money back without ID, or fly on an airplane without an ID, or even go to Canada (when the border finally opens) without an ID. Heaven forbid we ask people to request your mail in vote, so the town cleark con verify you are a registered voter, or that you are alive before it is sent to you. Just saying if Montpelier is really concerned about fraudulent voting, there is so much more they can do, if they really wanted to curb fraud.

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