There's just one day to go before voters in Vermont head to the polls, but we
may not know the outcome of some very close races the day after the election. That's
because Vermont has extended the deadline
for military and overseas voters to return their absentee ballots.
Early voting for Vermont's primary election begins on Monday. It's estimated
that 25 percent of all voters will use this system this year. We talk with
Secretary of State Jim Condos about early voting, and whether states should
require photo IDs for all voters.
The Secretary of State says it's been a number of years since the state's Open Meeting law has been
closely reviewed. For the past two months, he's been traveling around the state
talking to local officials about the key elements of the law.
Secretary of State Jim Condos kicks off his "transparency tour"
across the state this week. The goal is to educate state and town
employees and anyone else who's interested about Vermont's public
During last year's campaign season, Vermont voters heard a lot about government transparency, much of it from the candidates for Secretary of State. Jim Condos won that election, and one of his main concerns has been public records access.
The two major party candidates for Secretary of State - Republican
Jason Gibbs and Democrat Jim Condos - debate campaign finance, electronic voting, corporate and professional licensing and the other top issues.
latest buzz word in the political lexicon is transparency. It's defined as the commitment to open and
accountable government. And transparency is becoming an issue in the race for
secretary of state.