Friday, April 29, 2011

Private Investigator News: Ballots are public records, Vermont Supreme Court rules

"Election ballots and tally sheets are public records and must be open to inspection, the Vermont Supreme Court ruled Friday in rejecting arguments by the town of Fairlee and the Attorney General’s Office.

Preserving the integrity of elections requires ballots to be sealed and inaccessible to the public for three months, as the law requires, the justices wrote in a 4-1 opinion. After those 90 days pass, the law allows clerks to destroy election material — but if a clerk doesn’t, ballots and tally sheets are the public’s records to inspect, the court concluded."

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