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H.371

Introduced by Representative Corcoran of Bennington

Referred to Committee on

Date:

Subject:  Elections; polling places; openings

Statement of purpose:  This bill proposes to require polling places to be open at 5:00 a.m. on the day of a general election.

AN ACT RELATING TO REQUIRING POLLS TO BE OPEN AT 5:00 A.M. ON THE DAY OF A GENERAL ELECTION

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

Sec. 1.  17 V.S.A. § 2494 is amended to read:

§ 2494.  CONSTRUCTION WITH OTHER LAWS

Except as this subchapter affects the method of registering votes and ascertaining the result, the laws of this state pertaining to elections shall be applicable.  The laws pertaining to early or absentee voters shall in no way be affected by this subchapter, and votes cast by early or absentee voters shall be counted with votes registered on voting machines.  In towns using voting machines, the board of civil authority may vote to open polling places at 5:00 a.m., provided that at least three elections officials are present, two of whom are from different parties, solely for the purpose of checking voters who voted by early voter absentee ballot off the checklist and depositing the ballots into the ballot box or voting machine.  If all early voter absentee ballots have not been deposited into the voting machines before the closing of the polls at 7:00 p.m., the elections officials shall continue to deposit ballots using the same procedure as provided in subsection 2561(b) of this title, treating each ballot as a voter waiting to cast his or her ballot at the close of the polls.



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The Vermont General Assembly
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Montpelier, Vermont


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