Vermont voting age requirements are up for a vote this November

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September 17, 2010

By Bailey Ludlam

MONTPELIER, Vermont: Vermont Voting Age Amendment, Proposal 5 or the "little-known amendment" as it has been called in local media, will make an appearance on the November 2, 2010 statewide ballot. The measure, proposed by Senator Jeannette White, was referred to the ballot following approval in both the 2009 and 2010 legislative sessions as required by the Vermont Constitution. According to the text of the proposal it would allow 17-year-olds to vote in the primary election provided they turn 18 before the general election.[1][2]

The measure, according to reports, is creating some concern among town clerks. "There's a lot of questions that need to be answered before the town clerks can say one way or another if we can definitely manage this or not," said Alison Kaiser, Stowe town clerk. Specifically, Kaiser said there is concern about which primary elections the new law would apply: the August statewide primary or the presidential primary in March. Kaiser also questions whether 17-year olds could legally take the voters oath.[3]

Proposal 5 is the only certified ballot question in the state of Vermont. The full text of the proposed measure can be read here.

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