Town Meeting Information

Informational Hearing March 1, 2021 - 7:30 PM (online only)


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Important changes in 2021

In November 2020, Essex residents voted to move to Australian ballot to vote on the budget each year.  In response to concerns posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, Vermont passed temporary legislation to allow municipalities several options to hold annual meetings this year.  The Selectboard voted to use the Australian ballot for all other public questions during the 2021 Town Meeting.  

This means voting will not take place from the floor in 2021.

No in-person meetings will be scheduled and voting on the budget and all public questions will take place by Australian ballot only. An online Informational Hearing will take place on March 1st to provide an opportunity for public discussion of the ballot items.  There will be no option to modify the budget during this meeting.

In accordance to temporary legislation Act 1 (H.48), the Selectboard authorized the Clerk to mail all active registered municipal voters an early voter absentee ballot to encourage absentee voting in 2021.  Ballots are expected to arrive in mailboxes by February 19th.

Ballots may be returned by: 1) mailing back according the instructions included with your ballot; 2) dropping off in the secured ballot box located outside of 81 Main Street (Feb. 12 to March 1); or 3) bringing in person on March 2 at the designated polling locations between 7am and 7pm.  All ballots must be RECEIVED by the close of polls (7:00 pm) on Town Meeting Day in order to be counted.  

Town Meeting TV: Essex Budget Presentation