Essex Junction voters to get dual ballots on merger vote

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Residents in Essex Junction will get two ballots when they go to the polls to decide whether their village should be merged with the surrounding town of Essex.

That’s because village residents also are residents of the town and both municipalities must approve before they can be merged.

Officials in the town and village say the idea of two ballots for village residents has been confusing.

Some town residents say they believe that would give their village neighbors a greater say in the merger decision.

Secretary of State Deb Markowitz says the dual ballots are required by law when there’s dual residency such as in Essex and Essex Junction.

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