Election Nov 3 – Voter Guidelines

by Middletown Springs on October 27, 2020

Guidelines For Voters

 The Board of Civil Authority (BCA) is sharing these guidelines to ensure your vote is counted.

Ballots should have arrived in your mailbox. They have been sent directly from the Secretary of State’s office based on the town checklist. The ballots were due to voters between September 21 and October 1. You can check your REGISTRATION STATUS and get other information at: https://mvp.vermont.gov/

If you have NOT RECEIVED a ballot and believe that you are registered to vote in Middletown Springs, contact the Town Clerk or any member of the Selectboard or Board of Civil Authority (names and phone numbers below). Ballots can be delivered to those who have not received them and to those who are not able to get to the town clerk’s office because of illness or disability. 

If you are NOT CURRENTLY REGISTERED but you are a resident and legal voter in Middletown Springs, and you want to vote on November 3, contact the Town Clerk, or the Secretary of State’s office at https://mvp.vermont.gov/. Voter Registration forms are also available at the Library.

You should be able to check on the status of your ballot (received or not) on the Secretary of State’s website here: https://mvp.vermont.gov/.

VOTING: It is critical to READ & FOLLOW the INSTRUCTIONS!

  • The ballot has two sides to fill out.
  • Use a black pen or pencil to fill in the bubble beside the name of the candidate you are voting for.
  • For write-in candidates, fill in the bubble next to the name you have written.
  • SEAL THE BALLOT IN THE ENCLOSED BALLOT ENVELOPE.
  • SIGN YOUR NAME on the ballot envelope or your vote will NOT be counted.
  • Put your RETURN ADDRESS on the outer mailing envelope so we can register that your ballot has arrived.

It’s recommended at this point to deliver your VOTED BALLOT to the Town Clerk’s office; the hours are below. The Town Clerk who will put it in a sealed box for safe-keeping until election day. Arrangements can be made for voted ballots to be picked up by two members of the BCA from those who are not able to get to the Town Clerk’s office because of illness or disability. 

The last day to be sure your voted ballot was deliverable by mail was OCTOBER 24.

Early-voting  and Absentee Ballots may be returned to the Town Office until 7 pm on November 3, or you may deliver your ballot directly to the polling place (dining room of the Historical Society) between 7 am – 7 pm on November 3.  

Additional information on the election is available at the Secretary of State’s website: https://sos.vermont.gov/elections/election-info-resources/ and there is a very valuable page of Frequently Asked Questions: https://sos.vermont.gov/elections/voters/voter-faqs/#q17.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

Town Clerk – Laura Castle: 235-2220 

Chair of Selectboard and Board of Civil Authority – Terry Redfield: 235-2084

Selectboard Clerk – Patty Kenyon: 235-2707

Selectboard Members:

Heather Grier: 236-7643

Carl Haynes: 235-1264

Neil Russell: 786-9239

Board of Civil Authority Members: 

Elizabeth Cooper: 235-1406

Martha Heitkamp: 235-2342

Pat Hemenway: 235-2421

Nora Rubinstein: 235-2093

Leslie Silver: 235-2335

TOWN CLERK’S OFFICE HOURS:

Monday and Tuesday 9 am-12 pm & 1 pm- 4 pm

Friday 1 pm- 4pm       Saturday 9 am-12 pm

Primary Election, Tues, August 11

by Middletown Springs on July 24, 2020

Information for voting in the August Primary

August Primary Election is Tuesday, August 11, 2020

The Board of Civil Authority has implemented the following recommendations and guidelines in regard to the upcoming August primary.

Recommendations:

Everyone is strongly encouraged to vote in the primary using the absentee ballot process. Everyone on the voter checklist should have gotten a postcard in the mail from the Vermont Secretary of State’s office that included a postage paid absentee ballot request form. If you did not receive this postcard, you can contact the Town Clerk and request an absentee ballot.

For your added convenience, voters can use the black drop box outside the town office to securely drop off ballots when the Town Clerk is not in the office.

We strongly recommend that parents do not bring children to the polling place during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Guidelines and Requirements:

Voting will take place at the Historical Society Dining Room.

Masks will be required to enter into the Historical Society Building. All workers and voters inside the building will be wearing a face covering at all times.

Accommodations will be made at the polling location to address mobility challenged voters and those who will not or cannot wear a face covering. Staff will meet such voters outside the polling place and process their votes only when poll workers are available.

Due to space considerations and limitations, there will be a limit of two (2) voters at a time allowed in the polling place at one time.

Writing instruments will be sanitized after each use. Voters are welcome to bring their own writing instrument. Ballots will be handed out along with a sanitizing wipe so that voters can wipe down their voting space prior to voting. Additional sanitation of spaces will happen at regular intervals throughout the day.

Our goal is to allow everyone to engage in their civic duty to vote while taking the necessary precautions to minimize the risks of contracting COVID-19.  If you have questions or suggestions to enhance the safety of community members, reach out to any member of the BCA. The BCA is made up of the five town JP’s (Nora Rubinstein, Elizabeth Cooper, Leslie Silver, Patricia Hemenway, and Marth Heitkamp), the Town Clerk (Laura Castle), and the members of the Selectboard (Terry Redfield, Patty Kenyon, Carl Haynes, Heather Grier, and Neil Russell).

If you would like to request an absentee ballot, call, email, or visit the town clerk. PH: 235-2220 Email: middletown@vermontel.net.

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International Make Music Day at the Library, June 21

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