Thursday, April 10, 2014

STUDENT VOTE in Burlington


STUDENTS, COME VOTE! Burlington Town Election, Saturday, April 12, 2014



WHY VOTE?
U.S. citizens age 18+ have the right to vote in order to choose who will run the government. When you vote, you have a say in how your town will be run.

HOW WE VOTE
Registered voters go to the polls and mark their ballots for the candidates they think will do the best job. Candidates run for town offices and forTown Meeting seats.

WHEN and WHERE TO VOTE
The polls are located at the Burlington High School Gym, 8AM-8PM, Saturday April 12, 2014.

TOWN OFFICES: WHO DOES WHAT?
BOARD OF SELECTMEN, FIVE ELECTED MEMBERS
Promote the safety of residents and visitors Protect the town’s natural resources Provide a strong economic climate Establish a sense of community

SCHOOL COMMITTEE, FIVE ELECTED MEMBERS
Decide an the annual school budget Establish educational goals and policies Advise the superintendent on school issues

PLANNING BOARD, SEVEN ELECTED MEMBERS
Oversee long-range planning for land, houses, and buildings Enforce local and state planning laws
Help control use of land


RECREATION COMMISSION,THREE ELECTED MEMBERS
Provide sports and fitness programs for children and adults
Sponsor town events like Celebrate Burlington and the Town Common tree lighting Organize trips and tours


BOARD OF HEALTH, FIVE ELECTED MEMBERS
Ensure health and safety of residents
Provide flu clinic, rabies clinic, emergency response planning, restaurant health guidelines, public health services.


Student Vote in Burlington gives you a special opportunity to cast a ballot, even though you are not yet 18.
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StudentVote is organized and sponsored by theTown Clerk’s office in partnership with Burlington Public Schools.

GOOD TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO


VOTER RESPONSIBILITIES
We are a representative democracy (also called a “republic”). Our government is ruled ‘by the people.’ One way to rule is to vote.

To vote wisely, you must know about the candidates and the issues. It’s up to you to learn beforehand about each candidate so you can make the best decision when you cast your ballot.

HOW TO LEARN ABOUT THE CANDIDATES
In Burlington, there are many ways to learn about the candidates and issues:
BCAT: A candidate forum is broadcast
Local newspapers: Candidates submit statements & answer questions about the issues On the Internet: Some candidates have their own websites
Events: Candidates host open houses
‘Dear friend’ cards & campaign literature: Mailed to your home
Campaign signs: Candidates’ workers hold signs at busy intersections
AND, REMEMBER...
Don’t hesitate to ask questions.
You have a right and responsibility to be an informed voter!

THIS YEAR’S CONTESTS*
When there is choice of candidates for an office, the race is called a contest.

BOARD OF SELECTMEN, ONE SEAT
Dan Grattan 
Virginia Mooney
SCHOOL COMMITTEE, TWO SEATS
Steve Nelson
Kristin Russo
Larry Way

RECREATION COMMISSION, ONE SEAT
Katherine Leary 
Michael Winn

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RESULTS
The results of student voting will be published in the Burlington Union, the Daily Times Chronicle, and on Burlington’s town website (http://www.burlington.org).

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StudentVote is organized and sponsored by theTown Clerk’s office in partnership with Burlington Public Schools.