H.361- AN ACT RELATING TO APPROVAL OF AMENDMENTS TO THE CHARTER OF THE TOWN OF BRATTLEBORO
in the State House of Representatives
on April 29, 2021, by a vote of
Purpose: To allow children 15-17 years old to vote in local elections and on local issues, and to hold elective office.
Analysis: H.361 changes to the Brattleboro charter to allow 16-17 years olds (and 15 years olds if they will turn 16 by election day) to vote in municipal elections and serve on town boards, such as the select board.
Those voting YES believe this will help get young people more involved in the political process and establish the habit of voting.
Those voting NO believe that children who are not legal adults are not ready to make fully informed decisions relating to voting or mature enough to hold positions of authority and responsibility over critical municipal decisions.
As Recorded in the House Journal, Thursday, April 29, 2021: “Shall the bill be read a third time?, was decided in the affirmative. Yeas, 102. Nays, 42” (Read the Journal, p. 748-752).
Watch the floor debate on YouTube.
How They Voted
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Sally Achey (R - Middletown Springs) – NO
William Lippert (D – Hinesburg) – YES
Curtis McCormack (D – Burlington) – YES
Kirk White (P/D - Bethel) – YES
Rebecca White (D – Hartford) – YES
Dane Whitman (D - Bennington) – YES
Terri Lynn Williams (R - Granby) – NO
Theresa Wood (D – Waterbury) – YES
David Yacovone (D – Morristown) – YES
Michael Yantachka (D – Charlotte) – YES