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H.27

Introduced by   Representative Louras of Rutland City

Referred to Committee on

Date:

Subject:  Elections; voter’s oath; administration

Statement of purpose:  This bill proposes to authorize the self-administration of the voter’s oath.

AN ACT RELATING TO ADMINISTRATION OF THE VOTER’S OATH

It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:

Sec. 1.  17 V.S.A. § 2124 is amended to read:

§ 2124.  VOTER’S OATH; HOW ADMINISTERED

(a)  The voter’s oath may be self-administered under penalty of perjury or may be administered within the state of Vermont by any person authorized by the law of this state to administer oaths, by any member of a board of civil authority, or any presiding officer by any commissioned officer of the military service, or by any other person qualified to administer oaths, within or outside the United States, by the laws of the place in which the oath is administered.

(b)  A military service or other early or absentee voter may also be administered the voter’s oath, within or without the state of Vermont, by any commissioned officer of the military service or by any other person qualified to administer oaths, within or without the United States, by the laws of the place in which the oath is administered.  The person administering the oath shall subscribe his or her name and rank or title.  Neither a seal nor the place where the oath is administered shall be required.

(c)(b)  A person who administers the voter’s oath to another shall forthwith sign the appropriate place on the application or sign some other written notification giving the person’s name and the date the oath was administered.

(d)(c)  The town clerk shall keep the completed applications for addition to the checklist.  If the written notification that a person has taken the oath is submitted separately from the application, it shall be filed along with the application.  The town clerk shall verify, upon request, that a voter has been given the oath.



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The Vermont General Assembly
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