Residents Of Vermont, Prepare Ye For Town Meeting Day 2018
As we approach another year of this Vermont tradition, are you feeling behind on the issues people have been talking about around the state? Want to know how to stay up to date on results?
First of all, are you registered to vote?
Town Meeting Day 2018 is Tuesday, March 6.
Before we go any further, the Secretary of State's website is where you can check your voter registration and also get registered if needed.
Are you registered & ready to vote on Town Meeting Day? If not take a quick minute to register online or in-person by visiting your Town/City Clerk! https://t.co/qRvLAf2Zcw For most towns, Town Meeting Day Elections will take place next Tuesday - help shape your local government!— Vermont Secretary of State’s Office (@VermontSOS) March 1, 2018
Plus, the Secretary of State's website is a must-visit for a whole bunch of election-related information. For example, did you know Vermont now has same-day voter registration?
Here's a snapshot of what's up this year
For the past few weeks, we've been highlighting Town Meeting Day issues from around the state.
Here are a few topics to keep an eye on:
- Decisions In Washington And Montpelier Leave Mark On Town Meeting Warnings
- Dozens Of Towns Will Consider A Renewable Energy Resolution At Town Meeting
- 13 Central Vermont Communities Look To Bring High-Speed Internet To Region
- Chittenden County Towns Contemplate Consolidating Emergency Dispatch Services
- Barre City Considers Local Option Tax (Again)
- No More Town Manager? Bennington Voters To Weigh In On Shift To Mayoral Government
- Local Activists Work To Hold No-Confidence Vote On Trump At Johnson Town Meeting
- Denied Petition Over Track In Hartford Leads To Lawsuit, But Still No Town Meeting Vote
And for the Burlingtonians, here are a few Town Meeting Day posts just for you:
- Queen City Showdown: Meet Burlington's Mayoral Candidates
- Get To Know Who's Running For Burlington City Council
- Vermont Air National Guard Prepares For F-35s Amid Burlington Vote To Stop Them
Stay connected with VPR (yay!)
VPR reporters will be all over the state on Town Meeting Day, from Burlington to East Montpelier, Berlin to Mount Tabor.
Here's our Town Meeting Day menu:
We'll have two posts being updated throughout Town Meeting Day (and we'll link to them below once they go live):
- The live blog: Turn here for the latest results, updates, photos and social media quips about what is going on around Vermont on Town Meeting Day.
- School and town budget results: As we get confirmation about how budget votes have turned out, we'll update our town-by-town table.
And check back for deeper dives into some specific results stories later on Tuesday night or Wednesday morning.
Beyond the website, you can follow VPR on its social platforms for even more updates.
- Twitter (we'll also be retweeting our VPR reporters from the field)
- Want mobile push notifications from VPR News? There's no better time than before Town Meeting Day to sign up for those updates.
Vermont Edition will have two segments dedicated to Town Meeting Day during the week, so feel free to email them your thoughts:
- Monday, March 5: How has Town Meeting Day changed? What's its current role in Vermont?
- Wednesday, March 7: A reporter debrief to wrap-up Town Meeting Day results from around the state.
The talk of the town
Ahead of those Vermont Edition discussions, there are other ways to check out what fellow Vermonters have been saying about Town Meeting Day.
There's VPR's Commentary Series, which has had a number of recent submissions on the subject of Town Meeting Day:
- Clark: Robert's Rules
- Mares: Common Ground
- Watts: Town Meeting
- Luskin: Joys And Woes Of Virtual Meetings
- Henningsen: Town Meeting - Who Cares?
Also check out the #TMDVT hashtag on Twitter for more chatter in the lead up to Town Meeting Day and for community results.
Sharing time! Tell us what's going on in your community
Use that same hashtag to share results from your town or directly tweet us @vprnet. You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org with updates or town results that you're able to share — our budget results page in particular is bolstered by the information we're able to aggregate.
But wait, there's more! Participate in a Vermont Edition discussion. Add your comments to web stories. Start a conversation on social media.
And a final (fun, random) request: If your town meeting has legendary bake sale, please share dessert photos with us. Yum.