Town Meeting in Vermont

Town Meeting in Vermont

Goshen Town Hall

Goshen Town Hall

Town Meeting, held the first Tuesday in March, is an annual tradition in Vermont. Residents gather in town halls and school gymnasiums around the state to vote on local budgets, debate community issues, and elect town officials.
Attendance at Town Meeting has unfortunately been on the decline for the past 40 years. According to University of Vermont Professor Frank Bryan, a typical meeting draws only about 20 percent of voters, but small towns tend to have higher turnouts.
Town Meeting has been an important part of Vermont’s history and identity for more than 200 years. The first Town Meeting was held in Bennington in 1762, several years before Vermont became the 14th state.
Interesting and controversial topics are part of the mix at Town Meeting, and this year will be no exception. For Town Meeting coverage, visit Vermont Public Radio at www.vpr.net.

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3 Comments
  • Tony
    Posted at 22:19h, 01 March Reply

    Buena toma…saludos Tony

  • elvira pajarola
    Posted at 07:55h, 04 March Reply

    How interesting….! In many litle towns in tuscany town-meetings are still held; probably a question of maintaining historical cultures.

    So pretty the white wooden town houses…..! !(You really inspired me of showing in future a townhouse in a little tuscan town!)

    Have a great weekend, Erica!
    ciao ciao elvira

  • Erica Houskeeper
    Posted at 14:04h, 06 March Reply

    Thanks Tony!

    Hi Elvira, Thanks so much. I would love to see some of the town halls in Tuscany. These buildings are such an important part of our local history.

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