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Vermont Election Workers Geared Up For Tuesday

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On Election Day Vermont voters will cast ballots for governor, the U.S. Senate and House, and a host of other candidates and local issues.
Polls open at different hours Tuesday across the state, but all will close at 7 p.m.

Secretary of State Jim Condos said more than 484,000 Vermonters were registered to vote, compared with about 465,400 in 2016. Turnout is traditionally much greater in presidential election years.

Early voting began Sept. 21. As of Monday, more than 57,000 ballots have been returned compared with 33,400 returned in all of the 2014 mid-term election.

Condos said his office was working hard to ensure Tuesday's voting is secure and all ballots are properly counted.

In Vermont, all ballots are recorded on paper. While many of those ballots are counted by scanners, the counters are not connected to the internet. If needed, the paper ballots can be counted by hand.

The most closely watched election is the contest between incumbent Republican Governor Phil Scott and Democratic challenger Christine Hallquist, a former utility executive and the first transgender major party gubernatorial nominee.

Incumbent independent Sen. Bernie Sanders is also up for re-election, as is Democratic U.S. Rep. Peter Welch.

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