Town Meeting Resources (2022)
As found on the Vermont League of Cities & Towns website, “Vermont town meeting is direct democracy practiced in its purest form. It is the key to town government, as voters determine the town business for the coming year.” A tradition since 1762, Vermont Town Meeting can be mysterious to those new to the area and those new to engage. Bradford voters have three upcoming opportunities to learn more about their Selectboard candidates, proposed town budget, and how to participate in voting.
On Tuesday, February 15th at 5:00pm, The Journal Opinion and The Space On Main co-hosted a Meet the Selectboard Candidates event on Zoom (recording to the right). The public event started off with candidates for the 2-Year Term, incumbent Dan Perry III and Michael Wright. Following that was time for candidates for the 3-Year Term. The only candidate of the 3-Year Term who agreed to participate was Josh Allen.
On Thursday, February 17th at 6:30pm, The Space On Main hosted An Introduction to Town Meeting Day with Larry Coffin, author of In Times Past and curator of the Bradford Historical Society (recording to the right). The event provided an overview of Vermont Town Meeting Day and its history, how to get education on Bradford ballot items, how to find out more about Bradford Selectboard candidates, how to register, where/when to vote, and more.
On Thursday, February 24th at 6:30pm, the Town of Bradford Selectboard will host an Informational Meeting on Zoom. There is no in-person Bradford Town Meeting this year. Eligible voters can register to vote online or at the Town Clerk’s Office in the Bradford Academy. Voting on the 2022 Town Meeting Warrant will take place by Australian (paper) ballot on Tuesday, March 1, 2022 from 10:00am until 7:00pm in-person at the Bradford Academy or by absentee voting. To vote absentee, contact the Bradford Town Clerk, Sonya McLam. Download the 2021 Annual Town of Bradford Report from the town website.
As found on the Town of Bradford municipal website:
THERE WILL BE NO IN-PERSON TOWN MEETING THIS YEAR DUE TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC. Because Bradford’s 2022 Town Meeting will be held by Australian Ballot vote with No In-Person Meeting, by Vermont law, the voting MUST BE DONE on Vermont’s official Town Meeting Day of Tuesday, March 1, 2022. Polls will be open in the Bradford Academy Auditorium from 10 AM to 7 PM. Requests for mailed ballots can be made to the Town Clerk at: email@example.com or call 802-222-4727 Ext. 200.