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Can we work together toward a successful election?

Editor’s note: This lawsuit by five voters in northern Vermont seeks to prevent Vermont Secretary of State James Condos from implementing universal mail-in voting for the November general election. In response to the alternative scenario described in this open letter, Rep. Smith replied, “I certainly wish that it would have been possible.”

An open letter to Rep. Brian Smith (R-Derby) regarding his participation in the lawsuit Martel v. Condos, filed in United States District Court in Vermont:

Rather than becoming part of the problem by engaging with two out-of-state lawyers to obstruct Vermont’s voting by absentee, it would be preferable that you would work with your fellow legislators and the people of this state to ensure a successful vote in the upcoming election.

Vote-by-mail significantly increased turnout while decreasing on-site voting during the Vermont state primary election. As you should know from the facts, the incidence of voter fraud is low.

I am speaking as a voter, a resident of the state, as someone whose spouse is immunocompromised ... and as a poll worker.

Robert A. Oeser
Brattleboro

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Originally published in The Commons issue #579 (Wednesday, September 16, 2020). This story appeared on page C3.

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