Initiatives to empower and inform younger Brattleboro citizens within the democratic process. Efforts include speaking arrangements with schools and a rejected amendment to the town charter that would have granted citizens aged 16-18 the right to vote on town matters.
Proposed amendments to the town charter to facilitate greater citizen engagement and reduce the effects of legal (but unethical) voter suppression measures.
Restore free speech: allow people’s resolutions all year, not just one day.
Restore self-governance : RTM mustn’t block the peoples’ petitions
Budget veto: Allow time for referendum on excessive spending
Term limits for RTM : six year maximum, three years before returning.
Paid voting leave: 2 hours max, so low-wage earners can afford to vote
Unified elections: town meeting in November for higher turnout and lower costs
Restore Town Grand Juror to enforce local legislation without police.