Sworn In

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%)
Times Argus

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… :)

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7 Responses to Sworn In

  1. Alicia says:

    Ah, such a hansom young man. And a responsible citizen no less!

  2. Huck says:

    Hello Walter,

    Does Will have any plans for college? Just curious as I know you guys homeschool, and with the addition of the slaughterhouse and such you probably need all the help you can find. Besides, you said he’s been taking slaughter classes so…



    • Will’s been doing college classes online through various institutions for several years now. This is one of the wonderful things about the internet. One might say, “But he won’t have the degree.” Aye, but nobody ever asked me for my degree either nor even asked if I had one. Most of what I learned was not in the structure of course work. I anticipate he’ll keep on getting an education all through his life. We divide up our days into portions of which one is education/research.

  3. DavidZ says:


    I always notice Will’s glasses when he’s in a photo and I know you wear glasses also. I’m wondering, since I’ve just started it myself, if you ever thought about or looked into the possibility of natural eyesight improvement. I’m not far enough into it to offer much in the way of evaluation yet, but the but the feedback and reviews by people who have undertaken it are gushing with amazement and appreciation of the improvement they’ve experienced. I know you’re an adventurous sort of guy, so I thought I’d pass it along. I’m using the Bates method, which is what my research turned up as the most sound and effective.

    • Interesting observation since Will rarely wears his glasses. This is a sampling error. :) Will just needs glasses for driving and just barely. He drove to the town hall for voting which is why he had his on in the photo.

      I wear my glasses most of the time but mostly so I won’t lose them – they’re expensive. If they’re on my face I know where they are. I must admit that glasses are nice to protect my eyes from things like flying mud, chips, water, drops of frying fat when cooking, etc. I can actually drive and read fine without them and they aren’t even on my driver’s license.

      My brother got the laser eye surgery but I’m rather hesitant to let them mess around with my primary sensory apparatus like that. Also my brother now can not see at night as well and I really like seeing the stars.

      Interestingly, my optometrist says my eyes are worse than they seem to me. According to her I’m very near sighted and astigmatic. My field experience disagrees with her. I do notice that my vision is much better on brightly lit days than at dusk when I switch to more hearing and a wide angle view of things, skipping details. Since I work outdoors in good light it may be that the problem is she’s taking her metrics in a dark room where my pupils are dilated.

      I’m curious and will look into the Bates method and such. Thanks for the note on it.

  4. DavidZ says:


    A lot of what the Bates method focuses on is the correction of poor visual habits many ‘modern’ people have that don’t support good vision because those habits are at odds with the way vision evolved in more primitive peoples. Its really pretty fascinating even if it didn’t make a lick of difference in improving eyesight, but I’ve become a believer that it can. I know what you mean about the protective aspect of having something in front of your eyes. When I’ve been working w/out my glasses for a while I don’t think about it, but when I first take them off and go out to do something it feels very vulnerable having nothing between my eyes and the world. The upside, though, is that w/out the glasses I can swat the bugs buzzing around my face without worrying about mangling the frames.

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