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Responsive Gov’s Grade TL;DR

For the second year in a row, the Vermont General Assembly did not make any substantial changes to its election laws. While Vermont is consistently a leader on election policy and has made substantial gains in previous years, this year the election landscape remained the same. Therefore, Vermont received a B on this year’s progress report for maintaining its existing pro-voter policies.

Looking Back

Where Vermont Started at the Beginning of 2023

  • Automatic Voter Registration: Partial AVR
  • Online Voter Registration: Open to all Eligible
  • Same-Day Registration: Yes
  • Restoration of Rights: No Disenfranchisement
  • Vote by Mail: Vote by Mail
  • Electronic Registration Information Center Member: Yes
  • Early Voting Opportunities: In-person Absentee
  • ID Requirements: No Document Required

Relying on the Cost of Voting Index for Vermont as of 2022, we considered the state a top tier state for pre-existing voting policy and compared its 2023 activity against other top tier states.

How Our Tier Compares

  • COVI (2022): 3rd
  • EPI Score (2020): 1st
  • CLC State Scorecard (2022): 8/10
  • MAP Democracy Rating (2022): MEDIUM

2023: This Past Year

Legislative Action

  • The General Assembly did not pass any significant election-related laws during the 2023 session.