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Vermont's secretary of state on high primary voter turnout

Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos.
Matthew Smith
VPR File
Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos discussed voter turnout and other take-aways from the Aug. 9 primary election.

Vermont’s Secretary of State is in charge of managing the voting process and ensuring election security statewide. With the 2022 primaries in the rear view mirror, host Mikaela Lefrak spoke with Secretary of State Jim Condos about election turnout in the Aug. 9 primary. More than 26% of Vermont's registered voters cast votes, marking the state’s second-highest turnout in a summer primary.

About 132,000 votes were cast, including about 50,000 early or absentee ballots.

Condos is set to retire at the end of the year, after 12 years as Secretary of State. On Tuesday voters selected the Democratic and Republican nominees to replace him. On the Democratic side, state Rep. Sarah Copeland Hanzas narrowly eked out a victory over Deputy Secretary of State Chris Winters, who Condos endorsed.

"It was the rare occasion for me to come out and endorse my deputy," Condos said. "But I think that Sarah Copeland Hanzas is also qualified and will do a fine job."

Our guests are:

  • Jim Condos, Vermont Secretary of State

Broadcast live at noon on Thursday, Aug. 11, 2022; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.

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Mikaela Lefrak joined Vermont Public in 2021 as co-host and senior producer of Vermont Edition. Her stories have aired nationally on Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Weekend Edition, Marketplace, The World and Here & Now. A seasoned local reporter, Mikaela has won two regional Edward R. Murrow awards and a Public Media Journalists Association award for her work.
Originally from Delaware, Matt moved to Alaska in 2010 for his first job in radio. He spent five years working as a radio and television reporter, radio producer, talk show host, and news director. His reporting received awards from the Alaska Press Club and the Alaska Broadcasters Association. Relocating to southwest Florida, he was a producer for television news and NPR member station WGCU for their daily radio show, Gulf Coast Live. He joined Vermont Public in October 2017 as producer of Vermont Edition.