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Title 17 : Elections

Chapter 051 : CONDUCT OF ELECTIONS

Subchapter 009 : RECOUNTS AND CONTEST OF ELECTIONS

(Cite as: 17 V.S.A. § 2602f)
  • § 2602f. Recount of remaining ballots by vote tabulator

    (a) The vote tabulator team shall operate any vote tabulator used in the recount, with the assistance of the recruited town clerks or designees.

    (b) The vote tabulator memory card or cards shall be programmed to read only the votes for the election that is the subject of the recount.

    (c)(1) At the same time as any removed ballots are being hand counted, the vote tabulator team shall take any ballots from each container delivered to them and feed them through a vote tabulator.

    (2) The vote tabulator team shall attempt to feed ballots into the vote tabulator in the same direction.

    (3)(A) If the tabulator refuses a ballot, the vote tabulator team shall announce that occurrence and whether the ballot was counted, and may override that refusal.

    (B) If the tabulator continues to refuse the ballot, the vote tabulator team shall announce that occurrence and return it to a counting team for hand counting.

    (4) This process shall be used until all ballots from a container have been tabulated by a vote tabulator or otherwise returned to a counting team for hand counting.

    (d)(1) This process shall be repeated until all ballots from a town have been fed through a vote tabulator.

    (2) If there is more than one container for a town, the tabulator tape shall not be printed until ballots from all containers for that town have been tabulated.

    (e)(1) After all ballots from a town have been tabulated by a vote tabulator, the vote tabulator team shall print the tabulator tape containing the unofficial results for that town, and deliver that tabulator tape to the county clerk in the presence of the clerk observer team.

    (2) The county clerk shall then record the totals from the tabulator tape onto the summary sheet for the town in the same manner that he or she recorded the individual tally sheet totals from the hand-counted ballots. (Added 1985, No. 148 (Adj. Sess.), § 5; amended 2013, No. 161 (Adj. Sess.), § 42; 2015, No. 30, § 22, eff. May 26, 2015; 2017, No. 50, § 1.)