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A Most Unusual Year For Town Meeting Day

people's legs visible in voting booths
Angela Evancie
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VPR File
Norwich voters take to the polls on Town Meeting Day in 2016. Vermont voters will take up a range of issues during this year's Town Meeting, on March 2.

If you want to understand how civil affairs are conducted in Vermont, it's important to know about the annual tradition of town meeting. Vermonters have held town meetings on the first Tuesday in March for more than 200 years, but not this year. This year, the pandemic is preventing towns from holding meetings in person. Some towns are choosing to postpone the meeting, others are moving to Australian ballot. So what are we missing? What is Town Meeting and why does it matter?

Listen  today at noon on Vermont Edition, or for the rebroadcast at 7 p.m. Stay tuned for a full transcript of this feature. 

Correction 2/26/2021 8:30 a.m.: This post has been updated with the correct date for Town Meeting Day.

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