The official certification of the August 9 primary election – delayed almost a week due to software problems related to this year’s redistricting – will be held today.
The Statewide Canvass of Vermont 2022 Primary Election results will be held today at the Secretary of State’s office, located in Montpelier at 128 State Street, the SOS said. The canvass will begin at 2 pm.
Secretary Condos, along with Chairs or their designees from the three major parties (Democratic, Republican and Progressive) will be certifying vote totals and winners for federal and statewide offices.
The Statewide Canvass is open to members of the public and the press. The Canvass had been initially postponed on Tuesday, August 16 due to a technology issue specific to the ability to generate reports based on the official return of votes submitted by the Town Clerks for the Canvassing Committee to certify.
The 2022 redistricting had one Chittenden County senate district bisecting a House district. This problem created a software snafu that took both the SOS vendor CIVIX and the office’s own IT professionals more than a week to unravel. The problem is completely unrelated to July replacement of all memory cards in the new Dominion voting tabulators installed for the 2022 election, Condos said last week.
“I will always prioritize accuracy over expediency,” said Condos. The canvassing process is careful and deliberate. There are numerous checks to ensure that the canvassed results accurately match the will of Vermont voters as reported by the Town Clerks, SOS said.
It is important to note that this process is separate and distinct from the official counting of ballots and the local certification of official results by the Town Clerks. “The Secretary of State’s office would like to assure the public that the administrative delays experienced this week do not impact our 100% confidence in the accuracy of the vote totals for all candidates as reported by the Town Clerks,” SOS said.