The 2008 Vermont primary will take place March 4. It will be an open primary which means voters can cross party lines and cast their ballots with any political party they choose. Fifteen Democrat delegates and 8 superdelegates will be awarded. Democrat presidential candidate U.S. Sen. Barak Obama is expected to easily defeat his rival U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton in Vermont. In the Republican race, former Alabama Gov. Mike Huckabee and U.S. Rep. Ron Paul will face off against GOP frontrunner U.S. Sen. John McCain. Selected town meeting issues
Middlebury voters will decide on a $16 million, 30-year bond for the planned downtown Cross Street Bridge. A charter change will be needed to fund the project. Voters will face a jump in the Patricia A. Hannaford Technical School District budget up 9.2 percent from $3,079,820 to $3,363,712. Sixteen Addison County towns will vote on the budget. Funding for childcare services will be on the town meeting ballots in Addison, Ferrisburgh, Panton, Vergennes and Waltham. Voters in Bridport, Cornwall, Middlebury, Ripton, Salisbury, Shoreham and Weybridge will decide on the Union District 3 school budget which has increased from $14,341,551 to $15,019,516 (up 4.7 percent). For local voting and town meeting times and locations, contact the office of your town clerk or town manager. Not all town meeting discussions are held on Town Meeting Day; some school budget meetings are held at other times. The Doyle Poll: A town meeting tradition
State Sen. Bill Doyle (Washington) conducted his first town meeting day survey 40 years ago. That survey is now as much a part of the local political landscape as Vermont Town Meeting Day itself. One hundred fifty towns across all 14 counties of the state participate in helping to distribute and collect the surveys. Roughly 10,000 Vermonters respond to the yes, no, or not sure questions, which seek insights into Vermonters opinions on the hottest, or at least most interesting, questions facing our state and legislature. This years Doyle Poll covers, among other things, cellular telephones in vehicles, same-sex marriage, leasing the lottery, legalization of marijuana, roads and bridges, and your choices for president in November. If you are not sure if your Town Meeting Day location participates in the Doyle Poll, you can download your own copy of the survey from the Internet. See: http://files.smartcommunicator.net.