Orange Town Hall and Town Office on Primary Day
We voted. I had not realized the vote was going to be this close. But we always vote. Not everyone does so every vote we cast is worth many. People who vote make the rules, and get to complain. Vote regularly, vote frequently, vote with vigor.
Will Sworn in to Vote by Orange Town Clerk Rita
This is Will’s first year to vote so he had to take the Voter’s Oath:
You solemnly swear (or affirm) that whenever you give your vote or suffrage, touching any matter that concerns the State of Vermont, you will do it so as in your conscience you shall judge will most conduce to the best good of the same, as established by the Constitution, without fear or favor of any person.
To take it you must be qualified:
§ 42. Voter’s qualifications and oaths
Every person of the full age of eighteen years who is a citizen of the United States, having resided in this State for the period established by the General Assembly and who is of a quiet and peaceable behavior, and will take the following oath or affirmation, shall be entitled to all the privileges of a voter of this state
Apparently, Vermont is the only state with a Voter’s Oath, according to Wikipedia. I didn’t know that. Will and qualifies because he is “of a quiet and peaceable behavior” as well as having been born here, resided here his entire life, etc. In fact, Rita, the town clerk in the photo above, was the one who filed his birth certificate over 18 years ago.
Will’s education assignment was to know the issues, the politicians and figure out who we would be interested in supporting. He did an excellent job with charts and diagrams and supporting graphics. He said it was a lot of work. He’s right. It gets easier as you get to know the candidates year to year.
Update from tomorrow: 12:08 p.m. – With 260 of Vermont’s 260 precincts reporting, including 73,059 votes, Peter Shumlin won the Democratic gubernatorial primary on the strength of late-reported southern Vermont votes. His margin of victory is 178 votes, with all towns and cities reporting. Deb Markowitz finished 390 votes behind Shumlin. To request a recount, the margin for victory must be within 2 percent, which is true in this race.
Peter Shumlin – 18,244 votes (25.0%)
Doug Racine – 18,066 votes (24.7%)
Deb Markowitz – 17,854 votes (24.4%)
Matt Dunne – 15,100 votes (20.7%)
Susan Bartlett – 3,795 votes (5.2%)
I’ll bet you there will be a recount… I’ve never seen a vote this close between two never mind four candidates. We need a runoff between the top two, maybe even top three as it is too close. The other 26% of the voters need a chance to make the decision. This is why instant runoff ballots are a good idea.
Outdoors: 72°F/43°F Sunny
Tiny Cottage: 70°F/67°F
Daily Spark: Just to dispel the rumor, no, our vote can not be bought for $150,000 and no, we did not receive any suitcases of small bills nor any stacks of large bills. Oh, wait, that last one was a lie. The postman always delivers bills… :)