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Election Law @ Moritz

Election Law @ Moritz

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The complete research by Election Law @ Moritz for Vermont can be found below.

Institutional Arrangements

State Chief Election Authorities

Elected individual (D)

Chief election authority: 17 V.S.A. § 2457.

Method of selection: Elected. Const. § 48.

Current officer: Deborah Markowitz (D). Leaders push ‘safe-haven’ law for abandoned infants, AP Alert – Political, March 23, 2005. (Last updated 1/1/08)

State High Court Composition

Unknown affiliation/appointed

Method of selection: Gubernatorial appointment with advice and consent of Senate. Const. § 32.

Justices: Paul Reiber (appointed by R), John Dooley (appointed by D), Denise Johnson (appointed by D), Marilyn Skoglund (appointed by D), Brian Burgess (appointed by R) (Last updated 12/26/07)


  • Vermont’s involvement with Iraq War voted top story of the year, AP Alert – Political, December 26, 2004.
  • Weddings/celebrations: Vows; Madeline Kunin and John Hennessey, New York Times, February 26, 2006.
  • Justices: State needs to step up code enforcement, AP Alert – Vermont, November 10, 2006, VT 01:39:30.
  • Public gets say on Supreme Court justices, AP Alert – Political, February 4, 2005, 02:05:47.
  • List of members of Supreme Court, AP Alert – Vermont, January 26, 2005, VT 01:13:27.

Voter Registration

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Provisional Ballots

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Early and Absentee Voting

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Voting Technology

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Polling Place Operations

Polling place closing times - local times

7:00 PM local time

Polling place closing times - by Eastern time zone

7:00 PM Eastern time

Ballot Security

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Emergency Preparedness

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Post-Election Processes

What Court Would Hear a Presidential Contest?

Trial Court

Presidential election contests are filed in the superior (trial) court for Washington county. 17 V.S.A. § 2603. All judges are appointed by the Governor with consent of the Senate, chosen from a nominating list provided by a nominating committee established by the General Assembly. Vt. Const. § 32 and Vt. Stat. Ann. tit. 4, chs. 3, 15. Vermont law authorizes election contests generally. 17 V.S.A. § 2603.

Who Performs Presidential recounts?


Recounts are performed by recount committees. 17 VSA 2602. The local superior court appoints equal numbers of individuals to these committees from each political party. 17 VSA 2603. Superior court judges are appointed by the governor with the advice and consent of the Senate. VSA Const. s 32.