Secretary of State Jim Condos announces official results of the 2018 elections

Secretary of State Jim Condos designees from each of the three major Vermont parties certify the 2018 General Election votes. Photo provided.

MONTPELIER, Vt. – Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos announced the official results of the Vermont 2018 General Election held Tuesday, Nov. 6.

Vote totals and winners for all federal and statewide offices were certified by Secretary Condos and a designee from each of Vermont’s three major parties –

Democratic, Republican, and Progressive. Vote totals and winners for county office, state senate, and state representative were canvassed at the town and county level.

Official election results for the Nov. 6 General Election can be viewed online at the Secretary of State’s website.

“Election Day here in Vermont was a shining example of what healthy democracy looks like,” said Secretary Condos. “The civil discourse among candidates, high voter turnout, and implementation of policies and practices preserving voter rights and access that we saw on Election Day are all reasons to be proud.”

The 2018 General Election set a record for most votes cast in a Vermont midterm election, with 278,230 voters casting ballots out of 490,074 registered voters. Vermont’s number of registered voters is also at an all-time high.

“Ensuring the integrity and accuracy of our Vermont elections is critical to our democratic process, and to voter confidence in that process,” said Secretary Condos. “That’s why we use paper ballots and conduct a post-election audit after every General Election. We want to ensure that there are no anomalies between official results and audited results, and want to give Vermonters peace of mind in the integrity of our elections.”

The 2018 General Election Audit will take place at 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 29 at the Pavilion Auditorium, located at 109 State St. in Montpelier. Members of the public and the press are invited and encouraged to attend.

Audit procedure includes a top to bottom audit of every race on each ballot cast in a randomly sampled 5 percent of voting precincts in Vermont, conducted by an independent third-party contractor. Vermont towns are required to seal and save ballots for 22 months following an election.

The towns randomly selected for audit of 2018 General Election results are Westford (Chittenden 8-3), Mount Holly (Rutland-Windsor 2), Pittsford (Rutland 6), Hardwick (Caledonia 2), Cavendish (Windsor 2), Arlington (Bennington 4), and Glover (Orleans-Caledonia). These towns represent a geographically diverse sampling and include six towns that conduct vote counting by optical scan tabulator and one that conducts hand counts.

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