Vermont Supreme Court rules ballots are public records

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May 3, 2011


MONTPELIER, Vermont: On Friday, April 29, in a 4-1 decision, the Vermont Supreme Court issued its ruling in the case of Price v. Town of Fairlee establishing that there was sufficient public interest in election ballots that they be considered public documents. The court held that election ballots must be concealed for 90 days after the election and could then either be destroyed at the discretion of the town clerk or must be released to the public. However, the court did note that records held in a pending request could not be destroyed.[1]

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