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March 03, 2009

Town Meeting Day 2009

JB for School Board Hey, it's Town Meeting Day! Did you vote yet?

I've always wanted to live in one of those towns that has an actual town meeting, where residents meet and discuss whether to buy a new fire truck, and where the moderator has an encyclopedic knowledge of Robert's Rules of Order.

But I live in Winooski. No town meeting for me. I voted at the senior center just before 8 a.m. Said "Hi" to the candidates waving their signs in the freezing cold. Was greeted by name by Penny Manning, the city hall office manager. That familiarity almost makes up for the absence of a room full of ornery Winooski-ites. Almost.

Now I'm at my desk, ready to deliver the day's results as they come in. Seven Days will have reports throughout the day from writers who are visiting polling places and town meetings around the state, including Burlington — staffer Meghan Dewald took this photo this morning in front of Lawrence Barnes elementary school. Is Jason Baker a student there? We can't say for sure.

We'll also have a live blog starting at 3 p.m. to discuss election results. And both Shay Totten and Ken Picard will be appearing on Channel 17, CCTV, to discuss Burlington's election results.

We'll be adding our reports to the #tmdvt Twitter feed, along with the Burlington Free Press, VPR and other local media outlets. Burlington programmer/web guy Bradley Holt has set up this promising aggregation site to collect all of the Town Meeting Day content on the social web. I'm looking forward to seeing how that works.

Long live democracy!

As it turns out, Jason Baker is running for school commissioner in Burlington's Ward 3:

I bet his eldest daughter has been helping out with her dad's campaign!

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