I have a fundamental belief that a democracy only works when the people are empowered to participate in it. One important way to participate in this democracy is to get out and vote! Research the candidates and make the best choice for you. In 2016 (and many years past) voter turnout was very low. There are many reasons for this I am sure and one of the things I hope to do during my campaign is make voting more accessible for all Vermonters. I think there is a lot of misinformation out there about voting and some states make it easier than others. We are really lucky to live in a state that tried to make it really easy to vote.
Did you know that in Vermont:
- You can change your voter registration information online! This means if you move you only have to go online to update your registration.
- You can register to vote on election day! All you need is your ID and proof of residence and then you can vote.
- You can also request an early or in home ballot for any reason. You just log onto the secretary of states site, make your request and they will mail it right to your home and you can vote right from your living room.
- You can vote while you are in jail or prison (even if you have been charged with a felony), we believe that making a mistake shouldn’t take away your constitutional right to participate in this democracy.
- We have open primaries, this means you can make your decision on election day which major party you would like to have a ballot for in the primary you do not have to register in advance.
- We have three major parties! The Democrat, Republican and Progressive parties are all recognized as major parties here.
- If you are 17 at the time of the primary election (August 14, 2018) but you will be 18 by the time of the general election (November 6, 2018) you can vote in the primary!
Vermont has some of the most accessible voting laws in the nation and still our voter turnout is low. Let me know what I can do to support you to vote and to engage in the democratic process. I want to increase voter turnout and fight against attempts to suppress votes. Your voice matters and I hope you will choose to use it to vote in the upcoming elections.