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Confusion over South Burlington clerk ballot items

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SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. -

Confusion at the polls in South Burlington, as many voters chose to both elect and appoint the city clerk.

There were two competing ballot questions, one that allowed the City Council to appoint the clerk, and one that kept the clerk's position an elected one.

But as the Burlington Free Press reports, both the council president and the city's clerk admit voters were likely confused by the wording, with some choosing to pass or fail both items.

In the end, the article to elect the clerk passed.

But that provision also now allows the clerk to control the hiring and firing of employees and to limit access to the clerk's office after office hours, which has some concerned about oversight.

The results must be approved by the Legislature.

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