Marshfield votes everything from the floor for town business, but our union
school district votes our budget by Australian ballot. All other school
business is from the floor the night before. Australian balloting for the
budget has been going on for 5 or 6 years. The turnout for the vote is
probably no better on the first vote, but when the budget gets voted down,
turnout increases for each revote. No one comes to the informational
meeting/ open meeting for other business, so people don't even know what
they are voting for. Turnout the night before is usually about 15 people,
and when you take into account that includes the town clerk (yours truly),
my assistant, my JP's and my school board reps, that leaves about 3
interested citizens who show up. I agree that it is more fair for those
who can't come to an open meeting, but it makes for an uninformed vote. At
least at the open meeting people had to listen before they could vote.
At 09:16 AM 1/16/2003 -0500, you wrote:
>Pittsfield still votes their budget from the floor.
>Patty Haskins, Pittsfield
>----- Original Message -----
>From: <mailto:[log in to unmask]>Sandy
>To: <mailto:[log in to unmask]>[log in to unmask]
>Sent: Monday, January 13, 2003 6:25 PM
>Subject: Form of Town Meeting
>I am doing a survey on how many towns vote their budget by Australian
>ballot and how many still vote their budget from the floor. If you have
>switch to Australian ballot: how many years have you been doing it this
>way and how do the voters like it? Also, how many revotes of budget have
>you had to do?
>Thank you for your help.....