Sep 16, 2020
Vermont will mail ballots to every voter in the state — whether they want them or not. The ballots can be returned by mail, drop box, or in person.
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All voters in Vermont will receive a ballot in the mail, whether they request it or not, marking the first time the state has used a widespread mail-in voting system. Roughly 85% of Vermont voters typically vote in person, according to Hot Air.
Vermont joins other states that have either started or expanded their mail-in voting options because of COVID-19.Despite concerns about the potential for fraud, more voters than ever before are likely to vote using mailed ballots in the 2020 election.
"Voting by mail is simple, safe and secure," Secretary of State Jim Condos said in a written statement. "Our office has taken the proactive steps to mail a ballot to all active, registered voters so that we can preserve the voting rights of all eligible Vermonters during a pandemic, while protecting the public health by reducing high traffic in-person voting on Election Day."
Voters who choose to mail their ballots in are being told to make sure they mail them at least 10 days before the election to ensure they arrive in time to be counted.
There is a lawsuit challenging this new system, arguing that it is unconstitutional. From the Associated Press:The lawsuit seeking to block the system argues that a ballot cast improperly — whether on purpose or otherwise — would violate the Constitutional rights of Vermonters by "diluting" their votes.
"We're focused on harm to the individual," David Warrington, the attorney representing the people challenging the system said during a Monday hearing before U.S. District Court Judge Geoffrey Crawford. "That is a harm that is concrete. That is addressable by courts."
In a piece entitled "Confessions of a voter fraud: I was a master at fixing mail-in ballots," a person identified as a "top Democratic operative" explained how widespread mail-in voter fraud is and how easily he has participated in it for decades. He said methods range from bribing voters to working with partisan postal service employees to "helping" the elderly fill out ballots in nursing homes.
"An election that is swayed by 500 votes, 1,000 votes — it can make a difference," he told the Post. "It could be enough to flip states."
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New California Law Aims To Diversify Juries, Adds Tax Filers To List Of Potential Jurors
SACRAMENTO (CBS SF) – California is expanding the pool of prospective jurors beyond those with driver’s licenses and the voter rolls, under new legislation signed into law by Gov. Gavin Newsom.
The governor this week signed Senate Bill 592 by State Sen. Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco), which has been dubbed the “Fair Juries Act.” Under SB592, jury commissioners across California would be required to include anyone who files state taxes along with DMV records and lists of registered voters.
“Today, we are one step closer to having a criminal justice system that is equitable and just for all Californians,” Wiener said in a statement. “By moving beyond DMV and voter rolls, and including all taxpayers, our jury pools will be much more diverse. We’re in a moment where we finally have momentum to excise structural racism from our criminal justice system.”
According to Wiener’s office, using only DMV and voter lists to find potential jurors makes juries disproportionately whiter and wealthier than the community as a whole.
The legislation, which was backed by the California Public Defenders Association, comes as the criminal justice system is being reexamined following the police killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, along with national protests against police brutality and racism.
Under the new law, which goes into effect next year, the Franchise Tax Board would be required to furnish a list of state tax filers to all jury commissioners by November 2021. Lists would be updated annually.