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The Most Crucial Way to Support Our Schools

March 12, 2010
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Your Vote Is So Important – Really!

Have you ever heard of Town Meeting, the once a year, community voting event? Do you know how important your participation in Town Meeting is to to keeping our public schools well funded?

If you want to keep the excellent education and extracurricular programs alive and well, you’ll want to read this! This post will explain a little bit about how voting works in the Towns of Yarmouth & Dennis and how YOU can be ready to support DY Schools this May 2010.

Town Meeting

Simply put, town meeting is defined as:

“a meeting where the population of an entire geographic area is invited to participate in a gathering, often for a political, administrative, or legislative purpose. It is a form of democratic rule that has been used primarily in the United States since the 1600s. Traditionally, a town meeting is a time when community members come together to legislate policy and budgets for their town.”

At town meeting, registered town voters get to vote on budgets and policy questions. If there is a budget override required to fund the school budget, it must first pass at Town Meeting where you vote by voice or by hand or other such means.

If an override is passed at Town Meeting, it’s not approved unless it ALSO passes at the town election usually the following week.

Town Election

This occurs a week after the Town Meeting. Here you will vote at your designated precinct for candidates running for office as well as certain questions that will be on the warrant or ballot. A budget override question would need to win a majority vote here in addition to a majority vote at Town Meeting.

What Do I Need to Do?

Make sure you are registered. If you’re not sure, you can call town hall to see if you are registered. If you voted this past November 2009 and as long as you returned your town census (if you received one) then you should still be registered to vote. If you didn’t return your Town Census, you may not be registered even if you voted last fall! If you moved or if you are unsure here’s where to call:

Getting Registered is VERY EASY

  1. Go to your local town hall – the Clerk’s office and sign registration forms. You don’t need any special paperwork.

OR if you are too busy to get to town hall:

  1. Click this link to print out and fill out a National Voter Registration Form.
  2. Mail it to your town Clerk’s office:

Yarmouth Town Hall
Town Clerk
1146 Route 28
South Yarmouth, MA  02664

Dennis Town Clerk
PO Box 2060
South Dennis, MA 02660

Yarmouth registration cutoff: post marked by April 13th 2010 or at Town Hall by 8pm that day.

Dennis registration cutoff: post marked by April 14th 2010 or at Town Hall by 8pm that day.

Take Action & Tell A Friend

  1. Get registered today.
  2. Then remind all your friends by emailing them the link to this article.
  3. Put Town Meeting and Election Day into your Calender.
  4. Show up and vote to support your public schools!

Yarmouth

  • Town Meeting: Mon May 3rd 6pm Mattacheese Middle School (there is usually free babysitting available at the school for parents without childcare.)
  • Election Day: Tuesday, May 11, 2010 from 7:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M.

Dennis

  • Town Meeting: Tues May 4th 7pm Wixon Middle School.
  • Election Day: Tues May 11th, 2010 from 7:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M.

Remember, we must participate in both Town Meeting and Election Day to fully support our schools!

See you there!

Please post any questions or thoughts in the comments below.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. neeley martin permalink
    March 15, 2010 7:21 pm

    hi kristin,

    thanks for setting up the blog. i am now a subscriber. lcm is lucky to have parents like you on their side. neeley

    • March 15, 2010 9:34 pm

      Thanks Neely! There are over 150 right by my side so far and growing everyday! Dennis & Yarmouth: United we stand, divided we all fall.

  2. Maureen Tuohy-Bedford permalink
    April 14, 2010 11:34 am

    Hi…Just a reminder…Yarmouth Town Meeting will most likely be for (2)-nights (could be 3, depending on how fast things are covered)…considering the number articles on the warrant. It is important to know (I didn’t know these things years back) that (1) a article can be approved at Town Meeting but then MUST be voted on at the election. Sometimes people can just ‘okay’ an item at town Meeting so that there is no more discussion about it…and leave it to the vote. So, a “Pass” at Town Meeting is ONLY the first step in getting something approved in the long run. And (2) if an article is APPROVED at Town Meeting, there are tiny rules about ‘recalling’ that item…so people should not leave immediately after their article is ‘passed’…literally, articles can ‘Pass”, people leave right away, the article is ‘recalled’ and then it can be voted down…so it never even gets on the Election Ballot. Historically, the chatter in town is that the School Community stays until their article is voted on and then they leave…PEOPLE DON”T LIKE THIS !!! I think this sends a bad message to our town…we should stay and listen to everybody’s interest. Just some info…Thanks…Maureen.

    • April 14, 2010 8:49 pm

      Maureen – Thank you for this important information! When we get closer to voting day, I will take your comment and post this information on the front page of the site to remind folks about this! Thanks!

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