Vermont elections, 2012

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1 2012 Elections
2 Eligibility to Vote
2.1 Primary election
2.2 General election
3 Voting absentee
3.1 Eligibility
3.2 Deadlines
3.3 Military and overseas voting
4 Voting early
5 See also
6 References

The state of Vermont held elections in 2012. Below are the dates of note:

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November 6, 2012
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2012 Elections

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Elections by type

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See also: United States Senate elections in Vermont, 2012
U.S. Senate, Vermont, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Independent Green check mark transparent.pngBernie Sanders Incumbent 71.1% 207,848
     Republican John MacGovern 24.9% 72,898
     Third Cris Ericson 2% 5,924
     Third Laurel LaFramboise 0.3% 877
     Third Peter Moss 0.8% 2,452
     Third Pete Diamondstone 0.9% 2,511
Total Votes 292,510
Source: Vermont Board of Elections "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

See also: United States House of Representatives elections in Vermont, 2012


Members of the U.S. House from Vermont -- Partisan Breakdown
Party As of November 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 1 1
     Republican Party 0 0
Total 1 1
District General Election Candidates Incumbent 2012 Winner Partisan Switch?
At-large Democratic Party Peter Welch
Republican Party Mark Donka
Independent James Desrochers
Independent Andre LaFramboise
Independent Jane Newton
Peter Welch Democratic Party Peter Welch No

See also: Vermont state executive official elections, 2012

There were six state executive positions up for election.

Governor of Vermont General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngPeter Shumlin Incumbent 57.8% 170,749
     Republican Randy Brock 37.6% 110,940
     Independent Emily Peyton 2% 5,868
     United States Marijuana Cris Ericson 1.9% 5,583
     Liberty Union Dave Eagle 0.4% 1,303
     Independent Write-in 0.3% 969
Total Votes 295,412
Election Results via Vermont Secretary of State.


Lieutenant Governor of Vermont General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngPhillip Scott Incumbent 57.1% 162,787
     Democratic Cassandra Gekas 40.4% 115,015
     Liberty Union Ben Mitchell 2.4% 6,975
     Independent Write-in 0.1% 257
Total Votes 285,034
Election Results via Vermont Secretary of State.


Vermont Secretary of State General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJim Condos Incumbent 86.6% 225,801
     Liberty Union Mary Alice Herbert 13.1% 34,105
     Independent Write-in 0.3% 876
Total Votes 260,782
Election Results via Vermont Secretary of State.


Attorney General of Vermont General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBill Sorrell Incumbent 57.9% 164,441
     Republican Jack McMullen 33.3% 94,588
     Progressive Ed Stanak 5.5% 15,629
     Liberty Union Rosemarie Jackowski 3% 8,533
     Independent Write-in 0.2% 588
Total Votes 283,779
Election Results via Vermont Secretary of State.


Vermont Treasurer General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngElizabeth Pearce Incumbent 52.3% 147,700
     Republican Wendy Wilton 40.7% 114,947
     Progressive Don Schramm 4.4% 12,497
     Liberty Union Jessica Diamondstone 2.5% 6,939
     Independent Write-in 0.1% 198
Total Votes 282,281
Election Results via Vermont Secretary of State.


Vermont State Auditor General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDoug Hoffer 51.3% 140,805
     Republican Vince Illuzzi 45.1% 123,806
     Liberty Union Jerry Levy 3.4% 9,381
     Independent Write-in 0.1% 276
Total Votes 274,268
Election Results via Vermont Secretary of State.


See also: Vermont State Senate elections, 2012

Heading into the election, Democrats maintained partisan control in the state senate.

Vermont State Senate
Party As of November 5, 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 20 21
     Republican Party 8 7
     Vermont Progressive Party 2 2
Total 30 30


See also: Vermont House of Representatives elections, 2012

Heading into the election, Democrats maintained partisan control in the state house.

Vermont House of Representatives
Party As of November 5, 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 94 98
     Republican Party 47 43
     Vermont Progressive Party 5 4
     Independent 3 4
     Vacancy 1 1
Total 150 150


Eligibility to Vote

Vermont

Primary election

See also: Voting in the 2012 primary elections

Vermont is one of 19 states to use an open primary system. Voters were required to register to vote in the primary by 5 p.m. on August 22, 2012, which is 6 days before the primary took place .[1] (Information about registering to vote)

General election

See also: Voting in the 2012 general elections

The deadline to register to vote is 6 days prior to the election day, which in 2012 was October 31.[2]

Voting absentee

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See also: Absentee Voting

Eligibility

All voters are eligible to vote absentee in Vermont. There are no special eligibility requirements for voting absentee.[5]

Deadlines

To vote absentee, an absentee ballot application must be received by the town clerk by 5 p.m. on the day before the election.[6] A completed absentee ballot must be returned to the town clerk before the close of business on the day before the election or to the polling place before 7 p.m. on the day of the election.[7]

Military and overseas voting

For full details, visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program here.

2012 developments

The U.S. Justice Department settled a lawsuit with Vermont over the state's delayed mailing of some absentee ballots, which was filed by the federal government.[8]

The U.S. Uniformed and Overseas Absentee Voting Act requires that those absentee ballots which are requested by voters be mailed out at least 45 days before an election.[8]

Due to a dispute over the Progressive Party's gubernatorial primary results, the completion of the general election ballot was delayed until September 30. This caused at least 191 of the 894 absentee ballots to be mailed late.[8]

As a result of the lawsuit, voters whose ballots were sent late had their receipt deadline extended by 10 days.[8]

Voting early

See also: Early voting

Vermont is one of 34 states that has early voting with no specific requirements as to who can vote early. Early voting begins 45 days before an election and ends on the day prior to election day.[9] The average number of days prior to an election that voters can cast an early ballot is 21 days in states with a definitive starting date.

See also

References