Barton Village voters decided against selling Barton Electric to Vermont Electric Cooperative (VEC) in an Australian ballot vote on Tuesday. The decision allows Barton Village to continue owning and operating the electric utility. More than 2,000 customers in Barton, Brownington, Charleston, Irasburg, and Westmore are served by the utility. For more than 40 years, VPPSA has assisted Barton Electric. Barton Village Trustees first announced their recommendation to sell the electric utility to VEC in March. Two informational meetings were held prior to the vote on Tuesday.