The Vermont Secretary of State’s office says the results of last week’s gubernatorial election will soon be official.
A canvassing board made up of representatives of Vermont’s three major political parties – Democrat, Progressive and Republican – and Secretary of State Deb Markowitz meets at 10:00 a.m. in Montpelier. They’re expected to sign off on vote totals from the race between Democrat Peter Shumlin and Republican Brian Dubie, as well as the other races on the November 2 ballot.
The vote totals are important because under Vermont law, the top vote-getter in the gubernatorial election must get 50 percent of the votes cast, plus one, or the election goes to the Legislature for a secret ballot vote. That’s expected in the Shumlin-Dubie race, even though Dubie has already conceded defeat.