The statewide canvassing committee met Wednesday to certify November's election results, and the tally shows that Democratic Governor Peter Shumlin did receive the most votes, over 2,400 more than Republican challenger Scott Milne.
About an hour after the state canvassing committee certified Gov. Peter Shumlin’s roughly 2,400 vote victory over Scott Milne, Milne said he would not seek a recount.
Since the margin of victory was under 2 percent, Milne was legally entitled to a recount. But he says it would have cost the state as much as $60,000 and he doubted that the outcome would have changed.
Tuesday is Election Day. But in Vermont, people have already been voting for over a month, and we're considering whether that early voting has resulted in any changes to the traditional day of voting. Bert Johnson, associate professor of Political Science at Middlebury College, says that new research shows that early voting actually diminished turnout by a few percentage points. That’s based on a paper published earlier this year by researchers at the University of Wisconsin.
Because no gubernatorial candidate received 50 percent of the vote, lawmakers will elect the next governor in a secret ballot on the first day of 2015 session.
Republican candidate Scott Milne says he might reach out to lawmakers to try to overturn Democrat Peter Shumlin’s narrow victory. But former GOP governor Jim Douglas thinks it’s a mistake for Milne to take this action.
According to unofficial statewide results, incumbent governor Peter Shumlin defeated Scott Milne by roughly 2,400 votes.