As in many get-out-the-vote campaigns, the focus was on a small group deemed likely to decide the outcome. But the voters in this case were not picking a political candidate.
They were deciding whether to approve a merger of Vermont’s two largest credit unions.
The deal, proposed in early 2022, sought to unite Vermont State Employees Credit Union in Burlington and New England Federal Credit Union in Williston. But it was unexpectedly controversial, drawing fierce opposition from former leaders of VSECU, who took their case to local newspapers and online media outlets.
VSECU members ultimately approved the merger in November 2022. But the margin was slim: 318 votes out of nearly 15,000 cast.
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