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Title 17 : Elections

Chapter 051 : CONDUCT OF ELECTIONS

Subchapter 002 : BALLOTS

(Cite as: 17 V.S.A. § 2474)
  • § 2474. Choice of party

    (a)(1) A person nominated by any means for the same office by more than one political party may elect, not later than 5:00 p.m. on the tenth day following the primary election, the party or parties in which the nominee will be a candidate. The nominee shall notify in writing the Secretary of State or town clerk, as the case may be, of such choice by that deadline, and only the party or parties that the nominee so elects shall be printed next to the nominee's name on the ballot.

    (2) If the nominee does not notify the Secretary of State or the town clerk of his or her choice of party, the Secretary of State shall print on the ballot those parties next to the nominee's name by listing in this order:

    (A) the major political party for which the nominee had his or her name printed on the ballot in the primary;

    (B) any major political parties that nominated the nominee by the party committee, in the order in which the nominations were submitted to the Secretary of State;

    (C) any major political parties for which the nominee received write-in votes, in an order from highest to lowest vote counts; and

    (D) any minor political parties that nominated the nominee by party committee, in the order in which the nominations were submitted to the Secretary of State.

    (b)(1) A candidate for State office who is the nominee of two or more political parties shall file with the Secretary of State, not later than 5:00 p.m. the tenth day following the primary election, a statement designating for which party the votes cast for him or her shall be counted for the purposes of determining whether his or her designated party shall be a major political party. The party so designated shall be the first party to be printed immediately after the candidate's name on the ballot.

    (2) If a candidate does not file the statement by that deadline, the Secretary of State shall designate the party for which the votes cast shall be counted as provided in subdivision (a)(2) of this section. (Added 1977, No. 269 (Adj. Sess.), § 1; amended 1989, No. 200 (Adj. Sess.), § 2; 2003, No. 59, § 19; 2013, No. 161 (Adj. Sess.), § 24; 2015, No. 30, § 10, eff. May 26, 2015.)