Legislation

How did YOUR representative vote on 16-year-old voting in Brattleboro?

by the Ethan Allen Institute

H361, amending the Brattleboro Town Charter, passed in the State House of Representatives on April 29, 2021, by a vote of 102-42. The bill would allow children 15-17 years old to vote in local elections and on local issues, and to hold elective office.

H.361 would the Brattleboro charter to allow 16-17 years olds (and 15 years olds if they will turn 16 by election day) to vote in municipal elections and serve on town boards, such as the select board, according to an Ethan Allen Institute analysis.

Those voting yes believe this will help get young people more involved in the political process and establish the habit of voting, EAI said. Those voting no believe that children who are not legal adults are not ready to make fully informed decisions relating to voting or mature enough to hold positions of authority and responsibility over critical municipal decisions. 

As recorded in the House Journal, Thursday, April 29, 2021: “Shall the bill be read a third time?, was decided in the affirmative. Yeas, 102. Nays, 42” (Read the Journal, p. 748-752).

Watch the floor debate on YouTube. EAI roll call reports are designed to help citizens understand how their elected representatives vote on key issues. The bills may or may not eventually become law. Click on the link to the bill page at the top of this post for an up to date status on the bill.

Related:Roll Call! House Votes to Allow Montpelier’s non-citizens to Vote in City Elections (103-39), 2021

How They Voted
(Click on your Rep’s name to send an email)

Sally Achey (R – Middletown Springs) – NO
Janet Ancel (D – Calais) – YES
Peter Anthony (D – Barre) – YES
Norman Arrison (D – Weathersfield) – ABSENT
Sarita Austin (D – Colchester) – YES
John Bartholomew (D – Hartland) – YES
Lynn Batchelor (R – Derby) – NO
Scott Beck (R – St. Johnsbury) – YES
Matthew Birong (D – Vergennes) – YES
Alyssa Black (D – Essex) – YES
Tiffany Bluemle (D – Burlington) – YES
Thomas Bock (D – Chester) – YES
Seth Bongartz (D – Manchester) – YES
Michelle Bos-Lun (D – Westminster) – YES
Erin Brady (D – Williston) – YES
Patrick Brennan (R – Colchester) – NO
Timothy Briglin (D – Thetford) – YES
Jana Brown (D – Richmond) – YES
Nelson Brownell (D – Pownal) – YES
Jessica Brumsted (D – Shelburne) – YES
Thomas Burditt (R – West Rutland) – NO
Mollie Burke (P/D – Brattleboro) – YES
Elizabeth Burrows (P/D – West Windsor) – YES
Scott Campbell (D – St. Johnsbury) – YES
Bill Canfield (R – Fair Haven) – NO
Seth Chase (D – Colchester) –  YES
Kevin “Coach” Christie (D – Hartford) – YES
Brian Cina (P/D – Burlington) – YES
Sara Coffey (D – Guilford) – YES
Selene Colburn (P/D – Burlington) – YES
Hal Colston (D – Winooski) – YES
Peter Conlon (D – Cornwall) – YES
Sarah Copeland-Hanzas (D – Bradford) – YES
Timothy Corcoran (D – Bennington) – YES
Mari Cordes (D/P – Lincoln) – YES
Lawrence Cupoli (R – Rutland) – NO
Lynn Dickinson (R – St. Albans) – ABSENT
Karen Dolan (D – Essex) –  YES
Kari Dolan (D – Waitsfield) – YES
Kate Donnally (D – Hyde Park) – NO
Anne Donahue (R – Northfield) – YES
David Durfee (D – Shaftsbury) – YES
Caleb Elder (D – Starksboro) – YES
Alice Emmons (D – Springfield) – YES
Peter Fagan (R – Rutland) – NO
Martha Feltus (R – Lyndon) – YES
John Gannon (D – Wilmington) –  YES
Leslie Goldman (D – Bellows Falls) – YES
Kenneth Goslant (R – Northfield) – ABSENT
Maxine Grad (D – Moretown) – YES
Rodney Graham (R – Williamstown) – NO
James Gregoire (R – Fairfield) –  NO
Lisa Hango (R – Birkshire) – NO
James Harrison (R – Chittenden) – NO
Robert Helm (R – Fair Haven) – NO
Mark Higley (R – Lowell) – NO
Robert Hooper (D – Burlington) – YES
Mary Hooper (D – Montpelier) – YES
Philip Hooper (D – Randolph) – YES
Lori Houghton (D – Essex) – YES
Mary Howard (D – Rutland) – YES
Kathleen James (D – Manchester) –  YES
Stephanie Jerome (D – Brandon) – YES
Kimberly Jessup (D – Middlesex) – YES
John Killacky (D – S. Burlington) – YES
Charles Kimbell (D – Woodstock) – YES
Warren Kitzmiller (D – Montpelier) – YES
Emilie Kornheiser (D – Brattleboro) – YES
Jill Krowinski (D – Burlington) – PRESIDING
Robert LaClair (R – Barre) – NO
Martin LaLonde (D – S. Burlington) – YES
Diane Lanpher (D – Vergennes) – YES
Paul Lefebvre (R – Newark) – YES
Samantha Lefebvre (R – Orange) – NO
Felisha Leffler (R – Enosburgh) – NO
William Lippert (D – Hinesburg) – YES
Emily Long (D – Newfane) – YES
Michael Marcotte (R – Coventry) – NO
Marcia Martel (R – Waterford) – NO
Paul Martin (R – Franklin) – NO
James Masland (D – Thetford) – YES
Christopher Mattos (R – Milton) – NO
Michael McCarthy (D – St. Albans) – YESCurtis McCormack (D – Burlington) – YES
Patricia McCoy (R – Poultney) – NO
James McCullough (D – Williston) – YES
Francis McFaun (R – Barre) – NO
Leland Morgan (R – Milton) – NO
Michael Morgan (R – Milton) – NO
Kristi Morris (D – Springfield) – YES
Mary Morrissey (R – Bennington) – NO
Michael Mrowicki (D – Putney) – YES
Emma Mulvaney-Stanak (D – Burlington) – YES
Barbara Murphy (I – Fairfax) – YES
Logan Nicoll (D – Ludlow) – YES
Michael Nigro (D – Bennington) –YES
Robert Norris (R – Sheldon) – NO
Terry Norris (I – Shoreham) – NO
William Notte (D – Rutland) – YES
Daniel Noyes (D – Wolcott) – YES
John O’Brien (D – Tunbridge) – YES
Carol Ode (D – Burlington) – YES
“Woody” Page (R – Newport) – NO
Kelly Pajala (I – Londonderry) – YES
John Palasik (R – Milton) – NO
Joseph Parsons (R – Newbury) – NO
Carolyn Partridge (D – Windham) – YES
Avram Patt (D – Worcester) – YES
Henry Pearl (D – Danville) –ABSENT
Arthur Peterson (R – Clarendon) – NO
Ann Pugh (D – S. Burlington) – YES
Barbara Rachelson (D/P – Burlington) – YES
Marybeth Redmond (D – Essex) – YES
Lucy Rogers (D – Waterville) – YES
Carl Rosenquist (R – Georgia) – NO
Larry Satcowitz (D – Randolph) – YES
Brian Savage (R – Swanton) – NO
Robin Scheu (D – Middlebury) – YES
Heidi Scheuermann (R – Stowe) – NO
Patrick Seymour (R – Sutton) – ABSENT
Charles “Butch” Shaw (R – Pittsford) – NO
Amy Sheldon (D – Middlebury) – YES
Laura Sibilia (I – Dover) – YES
Katherine Sims (D – Craftsbury) – YES
Taylor Small (P/D – Winooski) – YES
Brian Smith (R – Derby) – NO
Harvey Smith (R – New Haven) – NO
Trevor Squirrell (D – Underhill) – YES
Gabrielle Stebbins (D – Burlington) – YES
Thomas Stevens (D – Waterbury) – YES
Vicki Strong (R – Albany) – NO
Linda Joy Sullivan (D – Dorset) – YES
Heather Suprenant (D – Barnard) – YES
Curt Taylor (D – Colchester) – YES
Thomas Terenzini (R – Rutland) – NO
George Till (D – Jericho) – YES
Tristan Toleno (D – Brattleboro) – YES
Casey Toof (R – St. Albans) – NO
Maida Townsend (D – South) – YES
Joseph “Chip” Troiano (D – Stannard) – YES
Tanya Vyhovsky (P/D – Essex) – YES
Tommy Walz (D – Barre) – YESKathryn Webb (D – Shelburne) – YES
Kirk White (P/D – Bethel) – YES
Rebecca White (D – Hartford) – YES
Dane Whitman (D – Bennington) – YES
Terri Lynn Williams (R – Granby) – NO
Theresa Wood (D – Waterbury) – YES
David Yacovone (D – Morristown) – YES
Michael Yantachka (D – Charlotte) – YES

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  1. How is this LEGAL??? Similarly, how is taking citizenry tax monies and doling out $2,000 “stimulus” payments to people who have violated federal law & are here illegally LEGAL???

    WHEN is the VT GOP, along with a Vermont Constitutional Attorney going to step up and fight these lawless lunatics??

    Ask around in your neighborhoods: Virtually NOBODY (especially the democrats who vote these socialists in) is even aware of what bills the legislature passes. Next on the agenda: the LEGALIZATION of men objectifying, exploiting, using & abusing women through prostitution. And it’ll all have a VT seal of approval!

    Can’t you just visual the new Highway Department road-signs: “Antiques: Three Miles – Whorehouse – Six Miles.

    Bye, Bye TOURISM. Hello TRASH.

    • VT GOP is currently worthless. They’re more content with appeasing the crocodile than combatting it.

  2. The Vermont Constitution states (emphasis added): “QUALIFICATIONS OF FREEMEN AND FREEWOMEN, § 42. [VOTER’S QUALIFICATIONS AND OATH] Every person of the full age of eighteen years who is a citizen of the United States, having resided in this State for the period established by the General Assembly and who is of a quiet and peaceable behavior, and will take the following oath or affirmation, shall be entitled to all the privileges of a voter of this state:…”

    1. 18 years of age
    2. Citizen of the United States
    3. Resided in State for a period established by General Assembly
    4. Quiet and Peaceable Behavior
    5. Take Oath or Affirmation

    Then will Have the Privilege of a VOTER.

    UPHOLD THE VERMONT CONSTITUTION! Time to Censure and Expel all so-called Representatives in the Vermont Legislature and (House and Senate) who are willfully undermining the Vermont Constitution. It is unlawful and must be dealt with.

    Let’s start a Petition by the Citizens of Vermont to get this moving. We need lawful representation of our Vermont Constitution not a run-away, half-baked set of illogical rule makers that will run this State into the ground even further. Why are they getting paid? We Pay Them for This?!

    • Thank you “saltlightfaith” for showing the entire language of the Vermont Constitution on the requirements to be a Vermont voter.

      A petition is a good idea, but these two Bills are in the works. We don’t know how far they will go but how about we all flood the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General and other Elected Officials with our citizen letters of questions and opposition. The Governor will have to sign them, Hold them to the Oaths and Allegiances they have ALL sworn, “Not to do any act or thing injurious to the Constitution or Government.”

      Also, write to Montpelier Officials and Brattleboro Officials. The age lowering is specifically for Brattleboro and the non-citizen voting is specifically for Montpelier. How will those Towns be able to implement non-Constitutional Laws? Let’s ask them.

  3. 16 year olds do not have the knowledge, nor are their brains fully developed enough to make rational voting decisions. But hey, the democrats and commies want the votes so they are ignoring reality.

  4. I can remember being 16 YO and having at least an academic idea of how government work (yes I took civics in school at age 16) and I was a lot more mentally and physically developed than the youth of today, and I wouldn’t have allowed me to vote.

    Having served on many local boards and commissions, I can honestly say that the biggest problems we had were the parents of 16 YOs. Now boards and commissions (Like those in Brattleboro) will have to deal with their offspring? I don’t think so. No wonder our governments can’t get anything done.

    After looking at the roll-call vote tally, it’s obvious to me what we the people need to do to stop this insanity. We need to replace at least 42 D/Ps with Rs and include Anne Donahue (R Northfield) in the list of those that need to be replaced. If we don’t VOTE RED WE ARE DEAD in Vermont.

  5. Colchester was predictable – Pat Brennan has a functioning brain. However, Austin and Chase need to go. I’m not sure about this Chase fool, but I question whether Austin actually won over Jon Lynch or whether that was a Dominion/Smartmatic result. We gotta figure this out.

  6. I LOVE saltlifefaith’s idea re: a petition. This indeed is in violation of the Constitution. Where is the VT GOP here? Can someone from there who understands how to properly write a petition PLEASE do so & I’ll be HAPPY to walk it around my neighborhood – or GOP legislators can put it within their stores! If it is not worded precisely, the Secretary of State will very happily throw it in the trash.

    Where are VT’s activists on this? On prostitution? I’m willing to be a foot soldier, but I’m not an effective organizer. No wonder the VT GOP doesn’t make a lot of progress, I hate to say.

    Anyone out there listening???

  7. What’s telling is that half of these teenagers can’t read, write, multuply or divide proficiently. But, hey, what’s that have to do with understanding government policies.

    What? Me worry?

  8. We are a self-governing people and petitioning our government is not hard to do. Please suggest edits to this and we’ll make it happen…

    We the undersigned are registered voters in Vermont.

    The Vermont Constitution states: “QUALIFICATIONS OF FREEMEN AND FREEWOMEN, § 42. [VOTER’S QUALIFICATIONS AND OATH] Every person of the full age of eighteen years who is a citizen of the United States, having resided in this State for the period established by the General Assembly and who is of a quiet and peaceable behavior, and will take the following oath or affirmation, shall be entitled to all the privileges of a voter of this state:…”

    On April 29, 2021, the Vermont House of Representatives passed bill H.361, which amends Brattleboro’s municipal charter to allow 16-17 years olds (and 15 years olds if they will turn 16 by election day) to vote in municipal elections and serve on town boards, such as the select board. The vote on H.361 was primarily along party lines with Democratic Representatives voting to make H.361 law.

    We the undersigned firmly believe that making H.361 the law would violate the Vermont Constitution. The Vermont Constitution clearly defines the process by which the Constitution is amended. If Brattleboro or the General Assembly wants to amend the Vermont Constitution, it must utilize the Constitutionally-defined process for doing so.

    • Hi fireovid – Very good Petition. Would like to suggest that the Representatives be reminded that they are under Oath as vtbeliever mentioned. vtbeliever stated ” . . . Hold them to the Oaths and Allegiances they have ALL sworn, “Not to do any act or thing injurious to the Constitution or Government.”

      There are two Sections of Oaths in the Vermont Constitution, which I’ve found. Here is First One.

      OATH OF ALLEGIANCE; OATH OF OFFICE

      § 56. [OATHS OF ALLEGIANCE AND OFFICE]

      Every officer, whether judicial, executive, or military, in authority under this State, before entering upon the execution of office, shall take and subscribe the following oath or affirmation of allegiance to this State, (unless the officer shall produce evidence that the officer has before taken the same) and also the following oath or affirmation of office, except military officers, and such as shall be exempted by the Legislature.

      The Oath or Affirmation of Allegiance

      You __________ do solemnly swear (or affirm) that you will be true and faithful to the State of Vermont, and that you will not, directly or indirectly, do any act or thing injurious to the Constitution or Government thereof . (If an oath) So help you God . (If an affirmation) Under the pains and penalties of perjury .

      The Oath or Affirmation of Office

      You __________ do solemnly swear (or affirm) that you will faithfully execute the office of __________ for the __________ of __________ and will therein do equal right and justice to all persons, to the best of your judgment and ability, according to law . (If an oath) So help you God . (If an affirmation) Under the pains and penalties of perjury .

      Here is the Second One.

      § 16. [REPRESENTATIVES’ OATHS]

      The Representatives having met, and chosen their Speaker and Clerk, shall each of them, before they proceed to business, take and subscribe, as well the oath or affirmation of allegiance hereinafter directed (except where they shall produce certificates of their having theretofore taken and subscribed the same) as the following oath or affirmation:

      You do solemnly swear (or affirm) that as a member of this Assembly, you will not propose, or assent to, any bill, vote or resolution, which shall appear to you injurious to the people, nor do nor consent to any act or thing whatever, that shall have a tendency to lessen or abridge their rights and privileges, as declared by the Constitution of this State; but will, in all things, conduct yourself as a faithful, honest Representative and guardian of the people, according to the best of your judgment and ability. (In case of an oath) So help you God. (Or in case of an affirmation) Under the pains and penalties of perjury.

      What are your thoughts in adding the above; could be more streamlined to shorten it as well.

      We must all work together. If we stay complacent, nothing will good will happen.

      • Thank you for your suggestion saltlightfaith. Indeed legislators may have violated their oath of office. Please consider, however, that we want as many Vermont citizens as possible to sign our petition. To do that, the petition needs to be very simple and to focus on a single grievance. It’s easy for people to see that teenagers less than 18 and who have not been responsible for their own lives lack the necessary experience and knowledge to make decisions regarding the life of a whole community. Heck, the same argument can be made that youngsters under 21 shouldn’t vote or hold public office; but since anyone who is 18 can serve in the military (technically we still have a draft) it makes sense to let them vote. Having more than one grievance on a petition significantly complicates the thought process for a prospective signer. I’m not saying that what you want to add isn’t important; it is; but it needs to be addressed in a separate petition. Thanks again for your suggestion.

      • Thank you fireovid, I agree it does need to remain simple. If, and if, you do want to add a short sentence regarding the duty as an elected official to uphold the Constitution. May I suggest that it might be placed in the last paragraph, after the sentence “The Vermont Constitution clearly defines the process by which the Constitution is amended.” or at the very end of the paragraph.

        Suggestion of sentence to add: Every elected official has taken an oath to uphold the Vermont Constitution, as stated “that you will be true and faithful to the State of Vermont, and that you will not, directly or indirectly, do any act or thing injurious to the Constitution or Government thereof”.

        Question – Where should the Petition be published for Vermont citizens to sign? Will Vermont Daily Chronicle post it for us? Will Vermont Liberty Network? Or Both?

        So glad to see that We the People can get something going! We have to start somewhere.

  9. Gee! Hard to believe that legislative council missed that boulder in their eye…

  10. They are bought and paid for folks – print this out and never forget – lawless they are! Where is VERMONT STRONG!! May 15th – State House Lawn – time to get off the couch!

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