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    Posted March 25, 2012 by
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    Rare Representative Town Meeting in Brattleboro, Vermont


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     calebjc told me, 'I feel I've made a positive impact on my town and district by working to pass the major school and town budgets responsibly, debating the issues, and taking part in our unique local government. I wish more people in our town would get involved, but I think a lot of people in town don't even know they can or how to go about it.'
    - hhanks, CNN iReport producer

    Representative Town Meetings a rare form of government in the US. The only states that have legalized them are New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Vermont

    Saturday was my first day as a town meeting representative in Brattleboro, Vermont.

    In Vermont, the town of Brattleboro is the only town in the state to make major decisions this way. Other towns use a regular town meeting, wherein all members of the community can vote. Other towns, usually larger ones, use a standard mayoral system.

    In Brattleboro the town is divided into three districts. Each district elects representatives and sends them to the town meeting. There are about 100 representatives. To become a representative you need to get 10 signatures in your district that support your being on the ballot. Then you are put on the ballot.

    It was a long meeting, but worth it to feel empowered in decisions that effect me.

    Get involved. Make a positive impact!

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