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Hi Lori,
    Sorry that I find this a little confusing. If they are 17 but going to be 18 on or before the November 6 election they can vote in both the Primary and the General election but they can't take the freeman's oath before they turn 18. Maybe mistakenly, but I thought you had to take the Freeman's oath in order to vote or is that just for Town Elections? Any help is always appreciated. I understand not checking the boxes. I really want to understand this as I am speaking with the High
School Civics Teacher about voter registration for his class.
 
Thanks,
 
Karen J. Lathrop
Chelsea Town Clerk


From: Vermont Municipal Government Discussion Network [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Lori Bjornlund
Sent: Wednesday, June 06, 2012 12:59 PM
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Subject: Re: 17 yr olds voting

Karen

 

You do have to be 18 to take the Voter’s Oath. When you enter a 17 year old (only if they will be 18 on or before general election) voter into the checklist in HAVA you will not check the box for “Is 18 or Over” or “Oath Taken”. Please contact me if you have further questions.

 

Lori Bjornlund

Elections Administrator

Office of the Secretary of State

128 State St.

Montpelier, VT 05633-1101

(802) 828-2464

Visit us at http://www.sec.state.vt.us, click on Elections

 


From: Vermont Municipal Government Discussion Network [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Clerk, ChelseaTown
Sent: Wednesday, June 06, 2012 12:50 PM
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Subject: 17 yr olds voting

 

I thought you had to be 18 to take the Freeman's Oath. If I am wrong please tell me. Do we just administer the oath to the 17 year olds now? Just want to make sure I am adhering to the law.

 

Karen J. Lathrop

Chelsea Town Clerk