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A group of Vermont state senators is calling for a constitutional amendment to make it less likely in the future that Legislators will have to elect top officials

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A group of Vermont state senators is calling for a constitutional amendment to make it less likely in the future that Legislators will have to elect top officials.

The constitution currently says if no candidate for governor, lieutenant governor or treasurer gets at least 50 percent plus one vote in the general election, lawmakers choose the person who will fill those offices.

That's going to play out Thursday, as lawmakers elect a governor.

Senators Bill Doyle, Jeanette White and Anthony Pollina say they may call for lowering the threshold for popular election from a majority to a plurality over 40 percent. But they say specific details will be worked out in committee.

The Vermont Public Interest Research group also is supporting the effort.

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