VT House Votes for New Recount in Orange District Race


It’s been more than 2 months since the election and the Vermont house is still debating the Orange-1 House district race.

“After election night, the statewide canvassing committee declared there were two members that were elected in Orange-1, Rodney Graham and Bob Frenier,” says Rep. Ronald Hubert, R-Chittenden-10.

He says Progressive Susan Hatch Davis chose to ask for a recount.

“There is no question that is within the law and within her rights. He won by eight on the first night and won by 7 on the recount,” says Rep. Hubert.

Rep. Hubert says the election was the confirmed by a judge, but Davis decided to challenge the ruling on the recount.

“The candidate who contested the election was exercising her right as articulated in the Vermont constitution,” says Rep. Maida Townsend, Chair of the House Committee on Government Operations.

The Democrat says there has only been one recount to date despite what others are reporting.

“We took extensive testimony in our effort to be diligent and thorough in looking at all sides of the issue as deeply and broadly as we could in our decision.

In a 7-4 partisan vote, the House Government Operations Committee requested a second recount to the House Chamber.

Republicans say the race has been long settled.

“It should be concerning to all Vermonters that this body is now moving into Washington style politics to resolve something that’s been resolved by the clerks and election officials and by the courts,” says House Minority Leader, Rep. Don Turner.

In a 76-59 vote Wednesday evening, the House Chamber voted in favor of conducting a new recount in the disputed election.

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