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NO. R-38. JOINT RESOLUTION establishing a procedure for the conduct of the election of UVM trustees by plurality vote by the General Assembly in 2001.

(J.R.S. 21)

Offered by: Senator Shumlin of Windham County.

Whereas, in recent years, it has become increasingly necessary to shorten the length of time spent by the General Assembly in joint session for the election of various officials, and

Whereas, in 1997, the election of three trustees of the University of Vermont and State Agricultural College was decided by plurality vote, which required one ballot only, and

Whereas, in 1999, the election of three trustees of the University of Vermont and State Agricultural College was decided by majority vote, which required a total of eight ballots, and

Whereas, it has been determined by the Committee on Joint Rules that if elections for multiple vacancies were to be decided by a plurality vote, then a great savings of time can be effectuated, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That, notwithstanding the current provisions of Joint Rule 10, and for this election only, the election of three (3) trustees of the University of Vermont and State Agricultural College at a Joint Assembly to be held on February 15, 2001, shall be governed by the following procedure:

(1) All candidates for the office of Trustee shall be voted upon and decided on the same ballot; members may vote for any number of candidates up to and including the maximum number of vacancies to be filled, which in this case shall be three.

(2) The three candidates receiving the greatest number of votes shall be declared elected to fill the three vacancies.

(3) In the event that the first balloting for the Trustee vacancies results in a tie vote for one or more of the three vacant positions, then voting shall continue on successive ballots until the vacancies have been filled, again by election declared of those candidates receiving the greatest number of votes.