This article by Chris Mays originally appeared Aug. 22 in the Brattleboro Reformer.
BRATTLEBORO — Enough signatures were collected for the November ballot to include a question on what’s being called the “youth vote.”
Although the signatures were not submitted in time for Tuesday’s Select Board meeting, a special meeting will be held at 9:30 a.m. Friday so the item can be placed on the ballot in time.
“Now, we need you to not pass judgment on the youth vote, but just to put it on the ballot,” Rio Daims, youth vote coordinator for Brattleboro Common Sense, told the board Tuesday. “The amendment process following this petition already requires a decision by the state Legislature. It is not town government’s business to shortcut the Legislature’s decision.”
An affirmative vote at the polls, then approval from the Legislature, would amend the town’s charter to allow 16- and 17-year-old residents to vote on local issues and serve as a school board member or Town Meeting member who votes at annual Representative Town Meeting. Town Clerk Hilary Francis said 455 valid signatures were submitted to her office and 449 were needed.
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