MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - The Vermont Legislature has made official what was already well known, by accepting November's election results of statewide elected officials.
The Joint Canvassing Committee report was approved unanimously by a joint assembly of the House and Senate on Thursday morning, clearing the way for oaths of office to be administered to officials ranging from Lt. Gov. Phil Scott to Attorney General William Sorrell.
Vermont's constitution requires that the governor, lieutenant governor and treasurer win a majority of the electorate's support, or the election is turned over to the Legislature. The secretary of state, auditor and attorney general can be elected by a plurality of the popular vote.
This year, all six winners of statewide offices easily cleared the 50 percent threshold.
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