New Vermont SOS sworn into office

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January 11, 2011

MONTPELIER, Vermont: Former Democratic State Senator Jim Condos was sworn into office on Thursday, January 6, 2011 as Secretary of State for Vermont. In addition to Condos, Democratic Governor Peter Shumlin "also administered oaths of office to Auditor Tom Salmon, Treasurer Jeb Spaulding and Attorney General William Sorrell," all of whom were elected to serve a two year term in office.[1]

Condos is the first new Secretary of State for Vermont in twelve years. He takes over for Democrat Deborah Markowitz, who lost this November in the state's Democratic gubernatorial primary and who has been named as Secretary of the State's Department of Natural Resources. [2] The former state senator, who will be placed in charge of "66 [state] employees and an $8.6 million budget, handling the state’s elections, archives from state government, corporation registration and the Office of Professional Regulation," has made in clear prior to taking the oath of office that he plans on making numerous changes to how the office is run. One specific area Condos hopes to address is the release of state election results. Though town/city clerks are required to send official results to the Secretary of State's Office, this doesn't usually happen for weeks after the votes have been collected. Those residents who want to know the latest tally numbers have to rely on various media outlets with often mixed or sporadic outcomes. The incoming Secretary of State stated that he "hopes by the 2012 election he will have a system in place by which clerks file unofficial results electronically to the Secretary of State’s Office, which would make them immediately available online to the public."[2]

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