Vermont Constitution for elections

To the Editor:

The following are quotes from the official Vermont Constitution:

Constitution of the State of Vermont, Chapter 11 -- Plan for Frame or Government

section 47 Election of Governor, Lt Governor and Treasurer

... shall count the votes for governor and declare the person who has the major part of the votes, to be the governor for the two years ensuing ... If at anytime there shall be no election, of governor...the senate and house of representatives shall by a joint ballot elect to fill the office...for whom the greatest number of votes shall have been returned."

The Vermont Constitution does not say anything about the legislature deciding an election where a person who won had fewer then 50% of votes. It does say that if there is no election then the legislature will decide the governor.

Therefore, no one has bothered to actually read the official document and find out for themselves the truth. There was an election and a winner of the votes. His name in Gov Peter Shumlin.

Tom King

Shaftsbury Vt.


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