With a second drive-up voting booth set up outside the town garage and town office, Duxbury voters cast their ballots from their vehicles on Town Meeting Day with all items passing handily.
Lawmakers took the week off to return home for Town Meeting Week, in what is loosely the mid-point break in the legislative session. This year, it is not surprising that the controversial bill S.5 was a hot topic.
The bill’s sponsor, Rep. Joseph “Chip” Troiano, D-Stannard, said he drafted the bill after years of hearing comments about lacking attendance for Town Meeting Day and other elections.
Burlington residents on Tuesday rejected a movement pushing for a citizen-led police oversight body with disciplinary powers, and they did so with 63% of the vote. However, voters approved noncitizen voting and ranked-choice voting.
Burlington residents are out deciding six initiatives put to them on Town Meeting Day, including such hot-button topics as a citizen-led police oversight board and allowing voters to draft their own ordinances to put on the ballot.
Ben & Jerry’s, the Vermont ice cream giant owned by Unilever, has formally endorsed a resolution set for Town Meeting Day in Burlington concerning the creation of a citizen-led police oversight body.
Two Winooskians are vying for a two-year seat, though: Housing Commission chair and former board member Robert Millar and Jordan Matte, who ran unsuccessfully for a Vermont House seat in 2022.
When Randolph voters hit the ballot box on Town Meeting Day, they will be deciding how to fill four spots on the selectboard and whether to boost the police budget to over $770,000 for the following fiscal year, up 121%.
It is disconcerting to see how the Vermont Legislature and the Vermont governor are now betraying us once again, as they casually dismiss Vermont law and citizen involvement in their own local governments.
On March 7, 2023, voters in Burlington, Vermont, will decide on at least seven ballot measures — five of which were placed on the ballot by the Burlington City Council, and two which were placed on the ballot by citizen initiative.
On Town Meeting Day, the Rutland City School Board shifted left again, meaning the high school’s mascot debate is likely to continue. Also, Burlington residents voted in favor or legalizing prostitution and keeping Progressives in control of City Council.
The city of Rutland will see four conservative candidates attempt to take four open seats on the Rutland City School Board this Town Meeting Day.