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Early voting begins; election day set for Aug. 14

Early voting has begun, and election day voting is upcoming, in the party primaries for statewide elected offices in Vermont.

Voters can choose whether to vote in either the Republican, Progressive or Democratic party primary on election day, or when they request an early ballot.

Election day voting will take place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Aug. 14 at the National Guard Armory at 7846 Williston Road.

Early voters can request the ballot of their choice from the town clerk’s office at 7900 Williston Road or by phone at 878-5121 or email at dbeckett@willistonvt.gov. Ballots are due by 7 p.m. Aug. 14.

The results will determine nominees from each party to represent Williston in the Vermont House of Representatives and nominees to represent Chittenden County in the Vermont Senate. Other offices up for nominations are U.S. Senator, U.S. Representative, Vermont governor, lieutenant governor and secretary of state, and Chittenden County sheriff.

Party nominees will then face each other in the Nov. 6 general election.

The Progressive party ballot is completely devoid of candidates. The party is only accepting write-ins for nominees. On the Republican ballot, only the nominations for U.S. Senator, U.S. Representative and governor are contested; Joy Limoge is running uncontested for the Republican nomination to represent Williston in the Vermont House. In the Democratic primary, three candidates are seeking nominations for two available seats representing Williston in the House (see candidate Q&A). The party’s six available Chittenden County senate seat nominations are also contested, with nine candidates.

Also, four candidates are on the Democratic ballot for Vermont governor, two for sheriff, three for U.S. Representative — including incumbent Peter Welch — and two for U.S. Senator — including incumbent Bernie Sanders.

— Jason Starr