Despite the dog days of August and the increasing use of mail-in voting, a number of Vermonters hit the polls to cast their votes in Tuesday’s primary election

Despite the dog days of August and the increasing use of mail-in voting, a number of Vermonters hit the polls to cast their votes in Tuesday’s primary election. Dozens of seats were up for grabs at the local, state, and federal levels on Tuesday’s primary election. Politicians have been on the campaign trail for months and some Vermonters say hearing from the candidates helped motivate them to vote. This year’s election comes at a historic time. With Senator Patrick Leahy retiring and Representative Peter Welch hoping to replace him, Vermont has an open House and Senate seat for the first time since 2007.  Vermont elections officials say they had received over 42,000 absentee ballots as of Monday and that they had no official estimates of how many Vermonters cast their ballots Tuesday.