Huffington Post Runs Condos Op-Ed

On January 20, 2012 Huffington Post ran Jim Condos’ Op-Ed titled 2011 Changes to Voting Rights: Unnecessary Solutions to Non-Existent Problems. You can read the text below or follow the link to read it on the Huffington Post site. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jim-condos/vermont-voting-rights_b_1219978.html I am mindful that it is an important election year — and as Vermont’s Secretary […]

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Early Vermont Constitution Records Now Online

MONTPELIER – Secretary of State Jim Condos announced today that records relating to the first hundred years of the Vermont Constitution, including proposals of amendments, are now available online at: http://vermont-archives.org/publications/publicat/pdf/Council_of_Censors.pdf Secretary Condos noted, “The records of the Vermont Council of Censors, 1777-1870 provide uniqueinsights not only into the evolution of our state constitution but […]

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10 Years of Being Safe at Home

Montpelier, VT – 2011 marks the 10th anniversary of Vermont’s Safe at Home Address Confidentiality program. The Safe at Home program was established by the legislature in 2001 and is located in the Office of the Secretary of State. Vermont was one of the earliest implementers of a program of this type and is now one of 32 […]

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SECRETARY OF STATE ANNOUNCES TRANSPARENCY TOUR

Montpelier, VT – Secretary of State Jim Condos announces he will conduct a 12 stop tour to discuss Vermont’s public records and open meeting laws with municipal and state employees and citizens who serve on local government boards. The public is invited and encouraged to attend these events. After a presentation there will be time for Q&A […]

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Transparency Tour

PRESS RELEASE For immediate release Contact: Nancy T. Lynch, (802) 828.2148 SECRETARY OF STATE ANNOUNCES TRANSPARENCY TOUR Montpelier, VT – Secretary of State Jim Condos announces he will conduct a 12 stop tour to discuss Vermont’s public records and open meeting laws with municipal and state employees and citizens who serve on local government boards. […]

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Municipal Voting Access for Individuals with Disabilities (VOTE)

Montpelier, Vt‐ Secretary of State Jim Condos is pleased to announce the 2012 Request for Proposals (RFP) under the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) to improve voting opportunities for individuals with disabilities. Municipal Voting Access for Individuals with Disabilities (MV AID), is intended to help ensure that individuals with disabilities have access to polling places. […]

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Secretary of State Jim Condos announces launch of the history of the Vermont’s public records law

For immediate release Contact: Nancy T. Lynch, 802‐828‐2148 Secretary of State Jim Condos announces launch of the history of the Vermont’s public records law Montpelier, VT ‐ Secretary of State Jim Condos, in continuing his focus on access to Vermont’s public records, announces the launch of a new web presentation on the history of the […]

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Secretary Condos Attends NASS Summer Conference

Press Release July 12, 2011 For immediate release Contact: Nancy T. Lynch 802.828.2148 Montpelier, VT- Secretary of State Jim Condos is attending the 2011 National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) Summer Conference in Daniels, West Virginia where the major topics of discussion include 2012 Election Issues and Business Identity Theft. The four day event […]

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Jim’s First Six Months

Dear Friends,

I would like to thank you, again, for your support in making it possible for me to be elected Vermont’s Secretary of State last November. I am truly enjoying the work and the people that I have met over the last six months.

I am working diligently to improve the quality of service, efficiency and productivity in the Secretary of State’s office. I would like to share with you what my office has accomplished since January:

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Secretary of State Jim Condos Applauds Court Decision on Attorneys Fees

Montpelier, VT- The Vermont State Employees Union has been awarded attorney’s fees and related costs in a recent lawsuit against the State of Vermont regarding the state’s efforts to charge a fee to view public records.

Superior Court Judge Crawford had ruled in January, “The plain language of § 316(c) expressly carries forward the distinction between inspection and copying… The authority to “charge and collect the cost of staff time” under § 316(c) is triggered by a ‘request for a copy of a public record,’ not by a request to inspect records. The reference to the ‘delivery of the copies’ makes clear that the legislature is referring to duplicates that the requester will take possession of.”

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