Democracy Alerts

Universal Mail Voting Becomes Law in Vermont

June 8, 2021

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. 

Read S.15 here.