- Posted March 25, 2012 by
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Rare Representative Town Meeting in Brattleboro, Vermont
- hhanks, CNN iReport producer
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!
More info from the town of Brattleboro's website: