Universal Mail Voting Becomes Law in Vermont
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Gov. Phil Scott (R) signed a bill into law on Monday that establishes universal mail-in voting for all future general elections in Vermont. The legislation, S.15, was championed and advanced by the Democratic-majority legislature this spring, and codifies a pandemic-era expansion of mail voting in the state. Under the new law, every eligible voter in the state will be sent a ballot in October of a general election year; voters can return their ballots by mail, in person, or at a drop box.
Although Gov. Scott is a Republican, he had previously indicated his support for this voting rights expansion in his majority-Democratic state. Upon signing the legislation, he appealed to the state legislature to pass further reforms that would extend mail voting for primary and local elections as well.