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Vermont Right to Life Political Committee
Pro-Life Voter Guides to the November 8th, 2022 General Election
These voter guides (links below) list the candidates who are recommended by the Vermont Right to Life Political Committee. Candidates were evaluated for their position on H.57 (Act 47), legislation that put unrestricted, unregulated abortion-on-demand into Vermont statute, as well as Proposal 5, the proposed amendment that would enshrine abortion in the Vermont Constitution. A candidate’s position on physician-assisted suicide was also considered.
- Some of these candidates are fully pro-life. Others are recommended because they oppose abortion-on-demand, while their opponents do not. A few candidates are recommended even though their positions are unknown at this time, because their opponents are known to be 100% pro-abortion and are supported by Planned Parenthood and other pro-abortion organizations. These candidates are marked with an asterisk (*).
- Information was obtained through voting records, public statements, candidate survey responses, and personal conversations. Candidates were evaluated only on pro-life issues. You may want to consider other factors.
- You can opt not to vote in certain races if you wish. This will be counted as a “blank vote” and can send a message of dissatisfaction with the choice of candidates.
- If you are not registered to vote, you can get registered up to and including election day.
- You do not have to vote by mail. Polling places will be open on election day for those who want to vote in person.
- If you do vote early, follow the instructions exactly. Mark your ballot with black pen. It is not recommended not to use a Sharpie or marker as it can bleed through the paper.
- If you return your ballot by mail, it is suggested that you mail it by Monday, Oct. 31. The ballot has to be received by election day; a postmark date is not sufficient.
- Your ballot may also be dropped off at your Town Clerk’s office or at the polls on election day. A relative or friend may drop your completed ballot off for you. If you go to vote in person, you are encouraged to bring your ballot with you.
- Questions? Email [email protected]
Click on the links below for information on recommended candidates. Be sure to check the Statewide link as well as the link for your county.
Grand Isle County
Courtesy of Ethan Allen Institute
Here are sixteen fairly stated and timely questions voters should put to those seeking legislative office this November. Voters deserve to know where office seekers stand. That’s what makes democracy work.
- Should the legislature require the top five percent of Vermont income taxpayers to pay a $30 million income tax surcharge to finance a “Green New Deal”?
- Should the legislature broaden the current 6% sales and use tax on goods to include services (such as haircuts, lawn maintenance, plumbing, legal advice, etc.)?
- Should the legislature make it an annual practice to contribute at least 10% more than the Annual Required Contribution to the two state retirement funds in order to eliminate their more than $5 Billion unfunded liabilities by 2040?
- The Global Warming Solutions Act of 2020 set mandatory carbon dioxide emissions reduction targets for 2025, 2030, and 2050. This is to be accomplished by rules controlling all usage of gasoline, diesel fuel, natural gas, heating oil and propane. These rules would take effect without any vote by elected representatives. Should all such rules be presented to the legislature for approval before taking effect?
- The Global Warming Solutions Act of 2020 authorizes “any person” to bring a lawsuit against the State if the emission reduction rules fail to achieve the adopted targets. Should this “sue the State” provision be repealed?
- Under the Congressional Review Act, a simple majority of both chambers of Congress can pass a resolution of disapproval to kill a rule. Should one fifth of the members of the Vermont House or Senate be allowed to force a record vote on a resolution of disapproval of new state rules that will have large economic impacts?
- Should Vermont join ten other states in a multi-state agreement called the Transportation Climate Initiative (TCI-P), by which Vermont agrees to discourage the use of motor fuel by increasing gasoline and diesel taxes by a steadily increasing 5-17 cents/gallon , using the revenue to subsidize “green” projects such as electric vehicle subsidies, EV charging stations, electric buses, etc.?
- Should the legislature adopt a “Clean Heat Standard” designed to increase the price of home and business heating fuel in order to raise money to finance weatherization, electric heat pumps, and other “green” projects favored by the Public Utility Commission?
- Should the legislature make “carbon neutrality”, either through the use of building materials and processes or the purchase of “carbon offsets”, a requirement for obtaining an Act 250 development permit?
- Should the legislature mandate that residential buildings conform to State-established “green” energy efficiency standards before a title can be transferred?
- Should persons be free to make personal use of drugs like heroin and fentanyl, provided that they accept financial responsibility for medical treatment for overdoses?
- Should the legislature require electric vehicles to contribute the equivalent of a motor fuel tax to the Transportation Fund, as do on-road gasoline and diesel-powered vehicles, to pay for maintenance of State roads and bridges?
- Should the general election ballot offer voters a choice among teams of Governor and Lt. Governor candidates, with the lower state offices filled on a nonpartisan basis by appointment and confirmation? (The One Big Choice Plan).
- Should able-bodied persons who receive state welfare assistance be required to perform 10 hours a week of volunteer service in their communities?
- Should the legislature allow all parents to choose the school or educational program that best fits the needs of their children from among a wide array of providers, with their portion of Education Fund dollars following the child?
- Should the legislature approve a “Community Resilience and Biodiversity Act” (vetoed in 2022) to designate 30% of Vermont as undevelopable “conservation” districts by 2030, and 50% by 2050?
There are of course many other questions that could be posed. But pressing candidates to respond to these will give voters a good measure of the views and abilities of people seeking elective office. Voters deserve to know what they’ll get by giving their votes. That’s what makes democracy work.
By John McClaughry