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November 13, 2008

Canvassing Committee Certifies Election Results

The statewide canvassing committee, composed of the secretary of state and the chair of the state committee of each major political party or his/her designee, met today at the secretary of state’s office to certify the election returns from the November 4, 2008, general election.

Abstracts containing official returns from all Vermont towns were sent to the secretary of state's office where they were reviewed and totaled to prepare the official statewide results. Prior to the canvass, all returns from the election were considered unofficial. Results were compiled by the secretary of state for the offices of president, U.S. representative, governor, lieutenant governor, treasurer, secretary of state, auditor of accounts, and attorney general.

Markowitz said “I am pleased to see that we had a very strong turnout in this election. Over 66 percent of the voting age population cast votes.” Markowitz says that 326,822 out of 489,901 Vermonters of voting age turned out to vote in the general election. Approximately 29 percent of voters cast their votes by early or absentee ballot, surpassing previous records. The official report of the canvassing committee is posted on the Secretary of State’s elections results webpage at A chart comparing voter turnout from 1974 to 2008 is available at

Source: Secretary of State
Last Updated at: November 13, 2008 09:51:11