Midterm Election Recap and Results

As the midterm elections come to a close, Vermonters are starting to see the results of yesterday’s election. Becca Balint made history last night, becoming Vermont’s first woman to be elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, as well as the first openly gay person to represent Vermont in congress. Governor Phil Scott (R) has won against Brenda Siegel (D), making this his fourth term as Vermont Governor. In other statewide races, Sarah Copeland Hanzas will be the next Secretary of State, David Zuckerman will return after a two year hiatus to the Lt. Governor’s office, and Charity Clark was elected as the first female Attorney General for the state. In the House, democrats won a historic majority. After redistricting in Orleans county, incumbents Katherine Sims (D) and Vicki Strong (R) competed for a single spot in the House race. Sims prevailed, winning by a margin of about 60%-38%. Chittenden County also saw some changes after redistricting, with all seven Senate seats being taken by Democrats.

Along with voting for candidates, Vermont citizens had the opportunity to vote on several State Constitution additions. Vermont made history in becoming the first state in the U.S. to add reproductive autonomy to their State Constitution with 77% of Vermonters in support of the amendment. With a little more than 95% of the votes in, 89% Vermonters have voted to repeal language stating that people could be held as servants, slaves, or apprentices for reasons involving payments of debts, fines, and costs. In addition to the removal of the language, the phrase “slavery and indentured servitude in any form are prohibited” will be added to the State Constitution.

To learn more about the VT’s election results, here are some resources:

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