Vermont secretary of state continues to urge early voting

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos is urging people to cast their ballots early, ahead of the Nov. 3 general election.

In a statement Wednesday, Condos said voters should make their early voting plan and return their voted ballot using the safe, secure early voting option of their choice.

“I want to thank Vermont voters for embracing early voting using the safe voting measures we have put in place to preserve voting rights and protect our communities during these challenging times,” said Condos. “Our democracy is stronger when we all participate.”

By the end of Tuesday, 166,037 Vermonters had returned their voted ballots early. That is more than 50% of the total voter participation in the 2016 general election.

Voters must follow all instructions in the ballot package, including placing their voted ballot in the “voted ballot” envelope, completing the certificate on the front of the envelope and signing the certificate.

The ballots can be mailed, returned directly to the voter’s town or city clerk or brought to the polls on election day.

People who plan to mail their ballots should get them in the mail by Saturday to ensure there is time enough for the ballots to be delivered by Election Day, Condos said.