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S.48

AN ACT RELATING TO ELECTION FOR STATEWIDE AND NATIONAL OFFICES BY THE INSTANT RUNOFF VOTING METHOD

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

Sec. 1.  SECRETARY OF STATE; REPORT; RECOMMENDATIONS

By January 26, 2007, the Secretary of State shall file a report with the House and Senate Committees on Government Operations.  The secretary shall prepare this report in consultation with the Vermont League of Cities and Towns and town clerks and local election officials.  The report shall identify and assess issues and costs related to the implementation of the instant runoff voting method, including:

(1)  the instant runoff voting method in general elections for the following offices:  governor, lieutenant governor, treasurer, secretary of state, auditor of accounts, attorney general, U.S. senator, U.S. representative, president, and vice president;

(2)  options for hand-counting, mechanical, electronic, or other devices for sorting, and counting the ballots and tabulating election results;

(3)  form of the ballots;

(4)  voter education campaign necessary for the use of the instant runoff voting method;

(5)  procedures to determine the winners in elections conducted by the instant runoff voting method;        

(6)  an assessment of legal issues that may arise as a result of:

(A)  the enactment of legislation authorizing implementation of the instant runoff voting method; and

(B)  the use of the instant runoff voting method in Vermont;

(7)  the impact on town clerks and local election officials;

(8)  the cost of implementation at state and local levels; and

(9)  legislation necessary for implementing the instant runoff voting method.

(10)  a survey of jurisdictions in this country which use the instant runoff voting method and of jurisdictions which at one time used the instant runoff voting method but no longer do.



Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont


www.leg.state.vt.us