By Guy Page
Joining with 49 other current and former state-level officials across the country, Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos and Lt. Gov. Molly Gray publicly asked corporate leaders to oppose electoral integrity laws “sweeping the country.”
Condos and Gray signed this letter from the left-learning Brennan Center “States United Democracy Center:” “As a bipartisan coalition of current and former governors, lieutenant governors, state attorneys general, and secretaries of state, we are deeply concerned about the wave of voter restrictions sweeping the country. We applaud the business leaders and corporate executives who have already spoken out against anti-democratic efforts to restrict the freedom to vote. We urge all corporate leaders to engage on this issue.”
Coca-Cola, Delta Airlines, and Major League Baseball are among the corporations that have condemned Georgia’s voter integrity law, which requires voter ID. Home Depot and other businesses face pressure to do likewise. Former Pres. Trump and other Republican leaders are calling for counter-boycotts.
The Brennan Center letter does not name any specific businesses. It is unlikely, however, that 51 prominent elected officials would sign such a letter unless they had been assured the Brennan Center had already lined up prominent, positive responses.
Condos and Gray claim that “the 2020 election saw record-breaking voter participation, and no evidence of significant fraud.” However, in Vermont Condos has been unable to refute claims that Middlebury-area college students had collected discarded mailed ballots in an apartment house and fraudulently marked and returned the ballots.
The Vermont Senate recently approved a universal mailed ballot bill, S15, with Condos’ support. It’s now in the House Government Operations Committee. For reporting on fraud potential in S15’s non-ID, no signature-on-file required, universal mailed ballot system, see the first two installments of Matthew Strong’s three-part series this month in Vermont Daily:
Part three will be published later today.