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Municipality Election Rules

  1. Write-in candidates need to receive votes of at least 1% of the municipal checklist—or 30 votes, whichever is less—and the most votes to win.  17 VSA 2682a.  If multiple candidates receive the minimum vote (1% of checklist or 30 votes), the person who received the most write-in votes wins.
  2. In contested elections (more than one candidate running for the same office and term), the person who receives the most votes wins.  17 VSA 2682(c).
  3. In the case of a tie-vote, a candidate can withdraw from the race within 5 days.  If none of the tied candidates withdraw, a run-off election will need to be held.  17 VSA 2682b.
  4. If there are no candidates on the ballot and there is no write-in winner, the legislative body may appoint someone to fill that position until the next annual meeting.  17 VSA 2682(d).
  5. Candidates have 10 days from the election to request a recount.  The recount threshold can be found in 17 VSA 2683.  We can assist you if you receive a request for a recount.
  6. On election night, “When the same number of persons are nominated for any town office as there are positions to be filled, the presiding officer may declare the whole slate of candidates elected without making individual tallies, provided each person on the slate has more votes than the largest number of write-in votes for any one write-in candidate.”  17 VSA 2682(f).  For example, if there is 1 candidate on the ballot for an office and one candidate is to be elected, as long as no write-in vote is greater than the named candidate, you can declare the named candidate the winner without tallying each individual vote.  This is the same process you use for the justices of the peace during the general election.