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U.S. Justice Department and Vermont reach agreement regarding absentee ballots

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October 22, 2012


By Justin Haas

MONTPELIER Vermont The U.S. Justice Department has settled a lawsuit with Vermont over the state's delayed mailing of some absentee ballots, which was filed by the federal government.[1]

The U.S. Uniformed and Overseas Absentee Voting Act requires that those absentee ballots which are requested by voters be mailed out at least 45 days before an election.[1]

Due to a dispute over the Progressive Party's gubernatorial primary results, the completion of the general election ballot was delayed until September 30. This caused at least 191 of the 894 absentee ballots to be mailed late.[1]

As a result of the lawsuit, voters whose ballots were sent late will have their receipt deadline extended by 10 days.[1]

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