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"Naomi LaBarr, Vershire Town Clerk" <[log in to unmask]>
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Vermont Municipal Government Discussion Network <[log in to unmask]>
Thu, 13 Jul 2006 09:21:03 -0400
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I will be anxiously awaiting more clarity on this issue, preferably via 
written guidelines.

Just last week I received an application from someone who purchased a second 
home here.  The husband wants to vote in Vermont, the wife wants to vote in 
South Carolina where their other home is located (no - there is no divorce 
pending). He does not have a Vermont driver's license.  If he wants to claim 
Vermont as his residence, why shouldn't he have to get a Vermont driver's 
license?  In the meantime, should I add him to the checklist?

Naomi LaBarr, Vershire clerk/treasurer

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "dmarko" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Wednesday, July 12, 2006 3:52 PM
Subject: Re: residency some more

> Hi All,  Kathy De Wolfe and I have been grappling with these issues for 
> the past few years.  We are planning to begin a discussion that will 
> hopefully result in a clearer and more consistent definition of residency. 
> We have already been chatting with Clerks from Colchester and some of our 
> other college towns
> and would love your input as well.  Deb
> ---------- Original Message ----------------------------------
> From: Wilmington Town Clerk <[log in to unmask]>
> Reply-To: Vermont Municipal Government Discussion 
> Network<[log in to unmask]>
> Date:          Wed, 12 Jul 2006 12:07:58 -0400
>>For my two cents, I think there is a fairly simple legislative solution 
>>that dovetails with the potential $10,000 fine or imprisonment penalty for 
>>perjury.  I wish there existed a statutory requirement that clerks 
>>periodically report the voter checklist to the tax deparment as we do the 
>>county courts.  The idea is that if you are on the voter checklist and 
>>saying you reside at an address, and you are also on the Grand List as 
>>owning that address, you should be filing an HS-131.  If you are not then 
>>you are either evading taxes or you are fraudulently claiming residence. 
>>It's in the interest of the tax department to do the enforcement.  In my 
>>town, the RESIDENT TAX RATE is HIGHER than the non-resident rate.
>>Susie Haughwout - Wilmington
>>  ----- Original Message ----- 
>>  From: Wallingford Town Clerk
>>  To: [log in to unmask]
>>  Sent: Wednesday, July 12, 2006 9:29 AM
>>  Hi Ulla,  We will continue to have these questions until we have a clear 
>> definition of "residency" - as it relates to the voter checklist. How can 
>> a person in Vermont claim non-residence on the grand list for tax 
>> purposes and yet register here to vote? Is that legal? We hear the 
>> concern about the "integrity" of the checklist within the State, how 
>> about the nation? Perhaps Deb will weigh in on this.
>>  Joyce Barbieri, Wallingford