As you read in today's Free Press
, Vermont is faced with the prospect of having to change the date of the 2010 primary election.
Sept. 14 just isn't going to cut it. Congress just passed a law that says states have to send overseas absentee ballots out at least 45 days before the Nov. 2 general election, and there's not enough time to certify the primary, print the ballots and send them out under Vermont's current schedule.
So when would you like the election to be?
How's Aug. 24, as the Senate chose in a bill this year that hasn't passed the House?
Or Aug. 17, as the Secretary of State's Office proposed?
Or how about June? That one makes legislators nervous because they'd have to decide whether they're running and campaign during the legislative session. Could also make the session even messier politically than it's already going to be.
- Terri Hallenbeck
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