Town Meeting & Local Elections
Below please find A Citizen′s Guide to Town Meeting, our comprehensive guide to all the basics you need to know about town meeting.
Town meeting happens every year on the first Tuesday in March. A form of government that exists nowhere else in the world outside of New England, town meeting involves direct citizen lawmaking—true government by the governed. We should feel lucky to live in a place with this unique kind of local government, and community, and we should all do our best to take part.
At town meeting articles are voted “from the floor” or by Australian ballot. Some towns and school districts use only one form of voting, and many use a combination of the two methods.
Download and view an Excel spreadsheet showing 2013 Vermont voting methods and turnout by town. (We will update this spreadsheet with information based on the results of our 2014 Town Meeting Survey as soon as those results have been collected and compiled.) View an interactive map of Vermont voting methods used in each town.
For more information for voters at town meeting, including registration deadlines and absentee voting procedures for towns that use Australian ballot, please visit our “Voters” section.
Special meetings of the voters can occur at any time throughout the year upon the call of the selectboard or school board or when requested by a valid petition signed by five percent of the registered voters. Special meetings require 30–40 days notice and, when requested by petition, the board must warn the meeting within 15 days of receiving the petition.
Locate Your Polling Place
Please use the above listing to locate your polling place for the primary or general election.
These locations were provided to our office by the town or city clerk for the primary and general elections. The file will be updated before each primary and general election year. Prior to the 2015 annual meetings, annual meeting polling locations will be included in a separate listing on this page. If you have any questions about this listing, please contact the clerk directly.
All polls in Vermont open between 6 and 10 a.m. and close at 7 p.m.
Selectboard and Justice of the Peace Listings
Following every town meeting, clerks across the state provide our office with listings of their selectboard members, as directed by 17 V.S.A §2665. Below please find the listings submitted following the 2013 town meetings and updated as possible throughout the year.