March 31, 2014; Nancy Remsen; Burlington Free Press
Robert Millar, executive director of the Vermont Progressive Party, worries about making changes to the process so late in an election year. Many Vermonters wouldn’t be aware of the schedule change — which obviously isn’t yet official, he said. And the change would take effect so fast, it would leave potential candidates with “much less time to make the extremely important and difficult decision of whether to run for public office and then to gather the required signatures.”
“I find it deeply concerning that this major change in our elections calendar could move forward based on what I perceive to be mainly misconceptions and unsubstantiated fears,” Millar said. He argues that the Department of Justice lacks authority to move Vermont’s primary date.