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Kathy DeWolfe <[log in to unmask]>
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Vermont Municipal Government Discussion Network <[log in to unmask]>
Mon, 17 Jul 2006 11:15:44 -0400
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Hi John et al,

I agree that S. 150 does not "require" a town clerk to do anything. 

However, I spoke with DMV after the flurry of emails about this on muninet
last week. 

My suggestion to DMV is that instead of a letter (which is time consuming
for clerks and raises issues about what definition of residency should be
used), the DMV add to its list of documents showing residency "a copy of the
approved application to the checklist or the letter a clerks sends back to
the applicant telling him where his polling place is" (Burlington and some
towns send a letter instead of just sending back the approved form) as this
is already required by law.  
Best Regards Kathy

Kathleen  S. DeWolfe
Director of Elections & Campaign Finance
Office of the Secretary of State
26 Terrace St.
Montpelier, VT 05609-1101
(802) 828-2304
Visit us at, click on Elections

-----Original Message-----
From: Vermont Municipal Government Discussion Network
[mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of John Cushing
Sent: Monday, July 17, 2006 8:42 AM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: certification letter

I may be wrong, but I do not see in S.150 that the Town Clerk is required to
do anything. I believe the Vermont Department of Motor Vehicle would use a
letter from the Town Clerk as a form of evidence of residency. If you as
Clerk are not sure the person is a resident then I would not write the

John P. Cushing
Town Clerk & Treasurer
Town of Milton
PO Box 18
Milton, VT 05468
(802) 893-4111
Email: [log in to unmask]
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-----Original Message-----
From: Vermont Municipal Government Discussion Network
[mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Huntington Clerk/Treasurer's
Sent: Saturday, July 15, 2006 8:56 AM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: certification letter

Maybe I missed the discussion on this... I received a letter requesting that
our office (and yours) provide a statement of certification of residency in
order for someone to get a Vermont drivers license.

Having delivered mail in our town for 8 years, I pride myself on knowing
most people here. However, I am uncomfortable signing a document stating
that someone lives here unless I know that the person lives here.

I thought the statement should read,

" I certify ______________ says s/he is a Vermont resident who claims to
reside in Huntington, having shown me a piece of mail addressed to him/her
in this town."

Any comments or suggestions? Or is what we are to say per statute.

Heidi Racht