Early voting made easy with tabulator

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BRATTLEBORO — The Town Charter was amended this year to allow utilization of voting tabulators for those choosing to vote early in the town clerk's office. The tabulator allows in-office voters to vote in the same manner as they would on election day. After completing a ballot, the voter deposits the voted ballot directly into the tabulator. Results of early votes are not tallied until election night when tabulators used at the polls are also tallied. Using a tabulator eliminates the need for early voters to seal their voted ballot in a signed envelope. It also eliminates the need for election workers to open voted ballot envelopes election day and process them through the tabulator during polling hours. Early use of the tabulators also increases voter privacy and streamlines the process for voters. Voting tabulators have been in use in Brattleboro since 1987. However, prior to this election they have only been available on election day.

Early/absentee ballots for the Primary Election to be held on August 9, are now available in Vermont town clerks' offices. Anyone wishing to vote prior to August 9, may apply for an early/absentee ballot until 5 p.m. on Monday, August 8. Early/absentee ballots may be voted in person in the clerk's office, mailed to the voter by the clerk's office, picked up by the voter or delivered to the voter's residence by two justices of the peace. All voted ballots must be received by the clerk before the polls close on election day in order to be counted. For more information or to request an early/absentee ballot in Brattleboro call 251-8157.

Wednesday, August 3, at 5 p.m. is the deadline to register to vote in the Primary Election. If you are registered to vote in the town you reside in, you do not need to register again.

If you are unsure if your name is listed as a registered voter in your town or for more information about voter registration and early/absentee voting, contact your town clerk. In Brattleboro, call 251-8157.

Office hours for the Brattleboro Town Clerk's office are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. In addition to regular hours, the office will open Saturday, August 6, from 9 a.m. to noon for early voting and will be closed Tuesday, August 9, election day.

Voting in Brattleboro on August 9, will be held at the Municipal Center at 230 Main Street. Polling hours are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.


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