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Title 17: Elections

Chapter 032: PUBLICATION AND RATIFICATION OF ARTICLES OF AMENDMENT TO VERMONT CONSTITUTION

  • Subchapter 001: INTERIM PUBLICATION
  • § 1840. Interim publication

    Within 90 days following adjournment without day of any session of the General Assembly in which articles of amendment to the Constitution have been proposed by the Senate and concurred in by the House, the Secretary of State shall prepare copies of the proposal or proposals of amendment and forward them, with a summary of proposed changes, for publication in at least two newspapers having general circulation in the State, as determined by the Secretary of State. The proposal or proposals shall be so published once each week for three successive weeks in each of the papers at the expense of the State and on the websites of the General Assembly and the Office of the Secretary of State. (Added 1971, No. 211 (Adj. Sess.), § 2, eff. April 3, 1972; amended 1981, No. 239 (Adj. Sess.), § 32; 2013, No. 161 (Adj. Sess.), § 61.)


  • Subchapter 002: RATIFICATION
  • § 1841. Constitutional requirements

    Amendments to the constitution, having been proposed by the general assembly, published, and concurred in by the succeeding general assembly as required by section 72 of chapter 2 of the Constitution, shall be submitted to the people of the state for their ratification and adoption in the manner provided in this chapter. (Added 1971, No. 211 (Adj. Sess.), § 2, eff. April 3, 1972.)

  • § 1842. Time of voting, warning

    (a) The people shall be assembled for the purpose of voting on the article of amendment in their respective towns and cities at the same time and place as for the general election, on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November, in even-numbered years, and the warning for each meeting shall contain an article, in substance as follows:

    "To see if the freemen will vote to accept or reject the proposed article of amendment to the Constitution of Vermont."

    (b) The omission of that article from the warning shall not invalidate nor affect the vote on the proposed article of amendment, and the freemen of each town or city shall vote on the article of amendment whether the warning contains the foregoing article or not. (Added 1971, No. 211 (Adj. Sess.), § 2, eff. April 3, 1972; amended 1981, No. 239 (Adj. Sess.), § 33.)

  • § 1843. Process of voting, making returns, conduct of meetings

    At those meetings the freemen may vote by ballot for or against the article of amendment. The same officer shall preside in each such meeting as provided in section 2680 of this title. The board of civil authority shall, in open meeting, receive, sort, and count the votes of the freemen for and against the article of amendment and the result shall be declared by the presiding officer. That result shall be recorded by the clerk of the town or city and true returns thereof shall be made, sealed up and sent by the clerk by mail or otherwise to the secretary of state as provided in section 2588 of this title. The ballot boxes for the reception of votes on the article of amendment shall be opened and shall close as provided in section 2561 of this title. (Added 1971, No. 211 (Adj. Sess.), § 2, eff. April 3, 1972; amended 1981, No. 239 (Adj. Sess.), § 34.)

  • § 1844. Publication in newspapers and on State websites; ballots

    (a) The Secretary of State shall between September 25 and October 1 in any year in which a vote on ratification of an article of amendment is taken, prepare copies of the proposal of amendment and forward them, with a summary of proposed changes, for publication in at least two newspapers having general circulation in the State, as determined by the Secretary of State. The proposal shall be so published once each week for three successive weeks in each of the papers at the expense of the State and on the websites of the General Assembly and the Office of the Secretary of State.

    (b) The Secretary of State shall cause ballots to be prepared for a vote by the freemen and freewomen upon the proposal of amendment. (Added 1971, No. 211 (Adj. Sess.), § 2, eff. April 3, 1972; amended 1981, No. 239 (Adj. Sess.), § 35; 2013, No. 161 (Adj. Sess.), § 62.)

  • § 1845. Qualifications of voters; checklists, booths, clerks

    The qualifications of voters on the proposal of amendment shall be the same as those required of voters at general elections under sections 2121-2126 of this title and sections 2141-2150 of this title relating to checklists shall apply, but the checklist specified in section 2141 of this title to be used at the meetings under this act shall be prepared and posted at least 30 days before the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November, in even-numbered years. Voting booths shall be prepared and the ballot clerks and assisting clerks shall be appointed, as in case of general elections. (Added 1971, No. 211 (Adj. Sess.), § 2, eff. April 3, 1972; amended 1981, No. 239 (Adj. Sess.), § 6.)

  • § 1845a. Omitted.

  • § 1846. Failure to post checklists

    The failure of the selectmen of any town, or the proper officers of any city, to prepare and post checklists of the freemen of the town or city at least 30 days before the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November, in even-numbered years, as provided by section 1845 of this title, shall not invalidate the votes given by the freemen of the town or city upon the proposed article of amendment. (Added 1971, No. 211 (Adj. Sess.), § 2, eff. April 3, 1972; amended 1981, No. 239 (Adj. Sess.), § 36.)

  • § 1847. Repealed. 1981, No. 239 (Adj. Sess.), § 37, eff. July 1, 1982.

  • § 1848. Tabulation of returns, record of amendments

    The governor and secretary of state shall, on the second Tuesday of December, of the year in which a vote on ratification of an article of amendment is taken, open and tabulate the returns made under section 1843 of this title; and if it appears therefrom that the article of amendment has been ratified and adopted by a majority of the freemen voting thereon, the amendment shall be enrolled on the parchment and deposited in the office of the secretary of state as a part of the constitution of this state and shall, in all future official revisions of the laws, be published in immediate connection therewith. (Added 1971, No. 211 (Adj. sess.), § 2, eff. April 3, 1972; amended 1981, No. 239 (Adj. Sess.), § 38.)

  • § 1849. Proclamation by governor

    The governor shall thereupon forthwith issue his or her proclamation, attested by the secretary of state, reciting the article of amendment and announcing the ratification and adoption of it by the people of this state under this chapter and that the amendment has become a part of the constitution thereof and requiring all magistrates and officers, and all citizens of the state to take notice thereof and govern themselves accordingly; or that the article of amendment has been rejected, as the case may be. (Added 1971, No. 211 (Adj. Sess.), § 2, eff. April 3, 1972.)

  • § 1850. Transmission of copies of act and forms to clerks

    The secretary of state shall send to the clerk of each city and town a copy of this act. In any year in which a vote on ratification of an article of amendment is taken, the secretary of state shall, within the period prescribed by section 1844 of this title, send to the clerk of each city and town ballots provided for in section 1844 of this title and blank forms for the returns of votes on the article of amendment. (Added 1971, No. 211 (Adj. Sess.), § 2, eff. April 3, 1972.)