By Guy Page
The Vermont Republican State Committee Saturday, April 22 voted almost unanimously to create an election subcommittee to investigate Vermont “election operations, procedures and integrity.”
Members will be selected by county committee appointment. The subcommittee’s initial and final reports are due next year.
The resolution adopted by a virtually unanimous voice vote of all voting members that a special Committee on Election Operations, Procedures, and Integrity, shall render an interim report in accordance with this Resolution not later than December 31, 2023, and a final report not later than December, 2024, at which time the committee shall cease to exist.
The resolution says the committee may consider all aspects of election law and procedures, including:
a) The effectiveness and accuracy of current processes for purging voter rolls at state and municipal levels;
b) The impact of universal mail-in ballots in recent elections, including the impact on municipal clerk operations;
c) Chain of custody issues concerns related to blank ballots as well as voted ballots;
d) Impact of Post Office operations upon voting procedures in this state;
e) The impact of drop boxes, ballot harvesting, lack of voter ID processes, and handling of voter affidavits; and
f) The effectiveness of the existing “Excess Ballot” program and ways to improve the program.
Each county committee shall appoint a member, and an alternate, the state committee decided.