Town Meeting Day

Burlington City Hall on a winter afternoon with the U.S. and city flags blowing in wind.
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On Town Meeting Day, residents in Burlington will cast their ballot on a number of issues, as well as select ward representatives for City Council.

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Burlington voters will go to the polls on Town Meeting Day to pick the next mayor of Vermont's largest city.

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At Town Meeting in March, 13 central Vermont communities will consider forming a communications union district, the sole purpose of which would be to bring fiber-optic internet service to the area.

Jaiel Pulskamp gets a cup of coffee at the Post Office Cafe, in Worcester. In addition to working on her farm, she's a field organizer for 350 Vermont's Generate New Solutions Campaign to bring renewable energy discussions to town meetings across Vermont.
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On Town Meeting Day, about 40 towns around Vermont will consider a nonbinding resolution to reduce Vermonters' dependence on fossil fuels. It's part of an effort by the climate justice group 350 Vermont to send a message to state lawmakers.

For the last 60 Tuesdays, demonstrators have turned out in front of the Johnson village green to hold signs promoting activism and various progressive causes. Shown here are (l to r) Rick Aupperlee, Jackie Stanton, Diane Lehouiller and Calvin Stanton.
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For the 60 weeks since Donald Trump was elected President, demonstrators have spent Tuesday evenings standing with signs in front of Johnson’s village green, even braving recent sub-zero temperatures to uphold the streak.

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The Twin Valley School District might go to court to fight the state's education funding formula.

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On Town Meeting Day, four central Vermont communities allocated money to build a recreational bridge over the Winooski River. It's a project of the Cross Vermont Trail Association, which has been working to create a recreational trail network across central Vermont since the early 1990s.

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With Rutland set to get a new leader Wednesday, outgoing mayor Christopher Louras is reflecting on his loss, his legacy and the direction the city is taking.

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UPDATE 4:00 p.m. 03/13/17: The recount confirmed the election night vote totals.

A recount will be held on Monday in a close election for the mayor of Vergennes.

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Voters in many communities gave their approval to their local school budget on Town Meeting Day. Roughly 200 budgets were up for consideration, and 91 percent were supported.

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Town Meeting Day voters weighed in on 10 Act 46 school district merger plans Tuesday. The results were almost split, with six plans gaining approval and four plans being rejected by voters.

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On Town Meeting Day, local politics went national as a number of Vermont towns weighed in on presidential campaign ethics. 

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In Vermont's 251 towns, citizens are casting votes in an annual exercise of truly local self-government: Town Meeting Day. By Wednesday,Vermont Edition will have a statewide picture of how towns across Vermont weighed in on critical issues.

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A number of Vermont communities took up Town Meeting resolutions in response to intensified deportations of undocumented immigrants and President Trump’s new order suspending all refugee resettlement and barring visas for citizens of six Muslim-majority countries.

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In Rutland, the third time was a charm for challenger David Allaire, who unseated longtime mayor Christopher Louras in a surprise upset. 

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VPR News is tracking the 2017 Town Meeting Day votes on town and school budgets from around Vermont. Find statewide results here and share the results from your town with us.

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Vermonters are taking to town halls and school gymnasiums to vote on local measures and choose candidates, and VPR is tracking decisions throughout the state.

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Wilmington has decided to keep its traditional town meeting. On Tuesday, voters debated an article that would have moved all future voting to the ballot box.

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Voters in the four towns affected by a large planned community development passed non-binding resolutions opposing the project on Town Meeting Day, sending a strong message to the developer.

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A panel of reporters joins Vermont Edition on this year's Town Meeting Day for an overview of issues being considered around the state.

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