On August 9, two important matters will be before Vernon voters: a decision on whether to withdraw from the Brattleboro Union High School (BUHS) District; and a set of choices in the statewide primary. To view sample ballots, click here:
SCHOOL DISTRICT BALLOT (PDF)
STATEWIDE PRIMARY BALLOT (PDF)
Vernon residents who vote in the state primary this August 9 will see something a little different. For the first time, the Town Clerk’s office will use the ACCU-Vote scanner to count the results. Vermont law now requires the device in state and federal elections for all towns with a checklist of over 1000 voters. Town Clerk Tim Arsenault says the device will be a labor saver, since the accuracy of the count will mean that only write in votes will be counted by hand.
The change is not without its cost, since the state will pay only a portion of the cost for programming computer cards used in the machines. For that reason, Arsenault says, town meeting elections will still be counted by hand.
As for the primary itself, voters will be handed a Republican, a Democratic and Progressive ballot. Voters will only vote in one party, placing the other two in an unvoted box and putting the voted ballot in the machine for counting. Residents will also be voting whether to have the town withdraw from the Brattleboro Union High School District. The ballots, on a separate sheet, will be counted by hand.
Balloting will take place in the town hall at 567 Governor Hunt Road, from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. on primary day. If you’d like, you can vote absentee until 5 PM the day before the election. The registration deadline for new voters is 5 PM on August 3.