2009 Vermont Code
Title 17 - Elections
Chapter 51 - CONDUCT OF ELECTIONS (Contains: §§ 2451 – 2617)
§ 2472 -   Contents

§ 2472. Contents

(a) The ballot shall be titled "OFFICIAL VERMONT GENERAL ELECTION BALLOT", followed by the date of the election. Immediately below, the following instructions shall be printed: "Instruction to Voters: To vote for a candidate whose name is printed on the ballot, mark a cross (X) or fill in the oval at the right of that person's name and party designation. To vote for a candidate whose name is not printed on the ballot, write the person's name on the blank line in the appropriate block". When there are two or more candidates to be elected to one office, you may vote for any number of candidates up to and including the maximum number." The name of the town or towns and legislative district in which the ballot is to be used shall be listed in the upper left hand corner.

(b) Each office to be voted upon shall be separately indicated and preceded by the word "For", as: "For United States Senator." Beneath the office to be voted upon shall appear the instructions: "Vote for not more than (the number of candidates to be elected)." The names of the candidates for each office shall be listed in alphabetical order by surname followed by the candidate's town of residence and the party or parties by which the candidate has been nominated, or in the case of independent candidates who have not chosen some other name or identification, by the word "Independent." To the right of the party designation shall be an oval in which the voter may indicate his or her choice by making a cross (X) or filling in the oval if tabulators are being used. No candidate's name shall appear on the ballot more than once for any one office.

(c) Following the names of candidates for each office, there shall be as many blank write-in lines as there are persons to be elected to that office. To the right of each such line shall be the words "Write-In" and an oval identical to the ovals which follow the candidates' names. Lines provided for writing in names for president and vice president shall be separately designated by the words "President" and "Vice President."

(d) The ballot shall be printed in the same format as required for optical scan tabulators. The font shall be at least 10 points for candidate names unless a name exceeds 24 characters, in which case the candidate may change his or her consent form name to 24 characters or less, or the font may be reduced as needed to fit the candidate name space. (Added 1977, No. 269 (Adj. Sess.), § 1; amended 1979, No. 200 (Adj. Sess.),§§ 43-45; 2007, No. 54, § 5.)

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