How can there be that much at stake in the Vermont
Lieutenant Governor race for the November 3, 2020
general election? Does the Lieutenant Governor
of Vermont really have any power?
Vermont candidates for Lieutenant Governor bring entirely
different ideas for voters to decide on. Who to pick?
Voting has already started, and goes on until Nov. 3, 2020.
"Pick me! Pick me!", each candidate is thinking.
Cris Ericson, Progressive Party, Vermont Nov. 3, 2020 Election Ballot
(Image by Cris Ericson) Details DMCA
The Lieutenant Governor earns a lower salary than all other
statewide offices, including Governor, Treasurer, Secretary of
State, and Auditor of Accounts. The incentive for some
candidates is that they think it is a promotional opportunity
for running for the office of Governor in the next election,
or becoming Governor right now if the Governor dies.
Because the Lieutenant Governor's main job is presiding
over the State Senate, which is not in session all year,
some people think the Lt. Governor's job is a walk in the park,
a paid vacation for much of the year.
Cris Ericson, Molly Gray, Scott Milne and two other candidates
are on the ballot for Lieutenant Governor. Mr Billado and Mr. Corbo
do not have websites, but you can call or email them.
It is actually important to know something about the people
we are voting for or against.
Wayne Billado III (802) 363-1642 (802) 363-1642
Ralph Corbo (802) 282-1029 (802) 282-1029
Cris Ericson (802) 875-4038 (802) 875-4038
Molly Gray (802) 922-2366 (802) 922-2366
Scott Milne leaves blank spaces in the candidate guide
on the Vermont Secretary of State website.
On his website, Scott Milne says he wants to serve as a partner to
Governor Phil Scott.
(1) "A partner" is not the job description of Lieutenant Governor.
"In Vermont, the Lieutenant Governor has three constitutional
job duties: Standing in for the Governor when the Governor
is out of state, and becoming acting Governor if the current
Governor cannot perform the duties due to death or other
circumstances; Presiding over the Senate; Casting a tie-breaking
vote in the Senate if necessary."
Vermont Constitution Chapter II, Section 3, The Supreme Executive
power shall be exercised by a Governor, or in the Governor's
absence, a Lieutenant Governor.
Vermont Statutes Annotated, Title 3, Chapter 1, Section 1 (b)
When the Governor is absent from the state, the lieutenant governor
shall act for him.
§ 19. [POWERS OF SENATE; LIEUTENANT-GOVERNOR'S DUTIES]
"The Senate shall have the like powers to decide on the election and qualifications of,
and to expel any of, its members, make its own rules, and appoint its own officers,
as are incident to, or are possessed by, the House of Representatives. A majority shall
constitute a quorum. The Lieutenant-Governor shall be President of the Senate, except
when exercising the office of Governor, or when the office of the Lieutenant-Governor
shall be vacant, or in the absence of the Lieutenant-Governor, in which cases the Senate
shall appoint one of its own members to be President of the Senate, pro tempore .
And the President of the Senate shall have a casting vote, but no other."
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