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Title 17 : Elections


Subchapter 004 : MEETING OF ELECTORS

(Cite as: 17 V.S.A. § 2732)
  • § 2732. Meeting of electors

    (a) The electors shall meet at the State House on the first Monday after the second Wednesday in December next following their election to vote for the President and Vice President of the United States, agreeably to the laws of the United States.

    (b)(1) If there is a vacancy in the electoral college on that day, occasioned by death, refusal to act, neglect to attend, failure of a person elected to qualify, or for other cause, the other electors present shall at once fill such vacancy viva voce and by a plurality of votes.

    (2) When all the electors appear or a vacancy therein is filled, the electors shall perform the duties required of them by the Constitution and laws of the United States.

    (3) If a vacancy occurs and is filled as aforesaid, the electors shall attach to the certificate of their votes a statement showing how such a vacancy occurred and their action thereon.

    (c)(1) Each elector shall vote for the candidates for President and Vice President who were nominated by the same political party or organization that nominated the elector or for the legal successor who has replaced that candidate for President and Vice President due to the candidate’s death, resignation, or disqualification.

    (2) Each elector shall present the elector’s completed ballots to the Secretary of State, who shall examine them.

    (3)(A) The Secretary of State shall accept and count the ballots of an elector who has voted for the candidates for President and Vice President required under subdivision (1) of this subsection (c).

    (B) The Secretary of State shall not accept and shall not count an elector’s ballots if the elector has not marked both ballots or has marked one ballot in violation of subdivision (1) of this subsection (c).

    (4) If an elector refuses to present a ballot, presents an unmarked ballot, or presents a ballot marked in violation of subdivision (1) of this subsection (c), then the elector’s office is vacated, the Secretary of State shall declare the creation of the vacancy, and the vacancy shall be filled as set forth in subsection (b) of this section. (Added 1979, No. 199 (Adj. Sess.), § 1, eff. May 6, 1980; amended 2021, No. 123 (Adj. Sess.), § 1, eff. July 1, 2022.)