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Election Denial in Vermont

  • 0 Election Deniers currently hold statewide office with election oversight power.

  • 0 Election Deniers are on the ballot for statewide office.

  • 3 Election Deniers have held, or run for, statewide office since 2020.

The landscape in Vermont

Election workers across the country have faced intimidation and threats since 2020 as a result of lies told by Election Deniers. Vermont is one of the states stepping up to protect the people who make elections happen.

In 2022, Gov. Phil Scott, a Republican, signed a law making it easier to prosecute people who threaten election workers. As CNN reported, a staffer in the office of the Secretary of State suffered PTSD symptoms after the office was targeted by death threats. 

A Reuters report cataloged the vile threats that a conspiracy theorist had made against Vermont election officials, and later against reporters who looked into it.

Vermont voters have had to contend with conspiracy theories. But elections matter. The winner of the 2022 Secretary of State’s race wants to expand the freedom to vote and has an enthusiasm for drop boxes, which make voting more convenient without compromising security.

0 Election Deniers hold statewide Office right now.

Elections are run by the states. In Vermont, the Governor, Attorney General, and Secretary of State are the state officials responsible for overseeing elections. It’s up to them to make sure the will of the people is always respected.

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0 Election Deniers are on statewide Ballots in races we're tracking.

Vermont has a race in 2024 for at least one of the statewide offices that oversee elections. Here are the candidates.

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How Vermont compares

Every state runs its own elections, with its own laws and processes. Check out how Vermont compares with other states in its region when it comes to Election Deniers holding state election administration jobs.

Election Denial in New England States

Sitting official is an Election Denier

  1. In Maine, the Secretary of State is appointed by the legislature.
  2. In New Hampshire, the Secretary of State is appointed by the legislature.

Voter turnout over time

Voters are always the backstop against election denial, whether Election Deniers are already in office or vying for power. It’s important to turn out for every election in your state—and to vote in every race on your ballot. Downballot races, like contests for Attorney General and Secretary of State, have historically drawn fewer voters, even though the positions are critical to keeping elections free, fair, and secure. Here’s a look at voter participation in Vermont elections over time. Notice that in years with several important positions up for election, some voters choose not to vote in every race.

Voter Participation in Vermont Since 2016

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  1. 2016 Presidential

    • President had a 64% voter turnout rate

    • Senator had a 64% voter turnout rate

    • Governor had a 64% voter turnout rate

    • Attorney General had a 61% voter turnout rate

    • Secretary of State had a 58% voter turnout rate

  2. 2018 Midterm

    • Senator had a 55% voter turnout rate

    • Governor had a 55% voter turnout rate

    • Attorney General had a 54% voter turnout rate

    • Secretary of State had a 54% voter turnout rate

  3. 2020 Presidential

    • President had a 74% voter turnout rate

    • Governor had a 73% voter turnout rate

    • Attorney General had a 70% voter turnout rate

    • Secretary of State had a 70% voter turnout rate

Voter turnout

Data on the number of votes cast in each race are from state elections depositories, supplemented with data from the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC), House Election Statistics, and The Book of States. Rates are calculated using the Census’s Citizen Voting Age Population (CVAP) estimates. Rates will be updated when the Census releases new CVAP data for 2022.

Beyond the ballot box

Each year, state legislators introduce thousands of bills related to elections. And in the past few years, we’ve identified a concerning trend. Across the country, state legislatures are considering bills that would make it easier for partisan actors to manipulate an election, and maybe even overturn the will of the people. We’re tracking these bills along with our partners in an ongoing series of reports called “A Democracy Crisis in the Making.” In 2023 alone, through early May, we tracked 185 bills introduced in 38 state legislatures that would politicize, criminalize, or interfere with elections. 

The anti-democracy playbook is simple: change the rules and change the referees, in order to change the results. These bills go hand-in-hand with the Election Denier movement: They’re about taking power away from voters and making it harder for trusted election officials to do their jobs.

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Legislative Interference in Vermont by Category

As of May 3, 2023, no bills had been introduced or were under consideration in Vermont. None have been enacted or adopted and none have been vetoed after passing.

  • Usurping control over election results.
    These bills would give legislators or other state officials direct control over election outcomes.
  • Requiring partisan or unprofessional election “audits” or reviews.
    These bills would establish vague post-election review schemes without the professional standards of traditional audits.
  • Seizing power over election responsibilities.
    These bills would shift election administration responsibilities away from professional, nonpartisan officials and toward partisan actors in the legislature.
  • Creating unworkable burdens in election administration.
    These bills would interfere with the basic procedures of election administration, increasing the risk of chaos and delay and enabling misleading claims of irregularity.
  • Imposing disproportionate criminal or other penalties.
    These bills would create or expand penalties for election officials in the ordinary execution of their jobs, including criminalizing inadvertent mistakes.