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DID YOU KNOW THE FOLLOWING ABOUT Vermont

On October 5, 1789, congressman Matthew Lyon was indicted under the Sedition Act for criticizing President John Adams in a letter he had written to Spooner’s Vermont Journal. Fined $1,000 and sentenced to four months in jail, Lyon was reelected to Congress while incarcerated.

In 1814, Emma Willard began teaching scientific and classical subjects to women out of her home in Middlebury after noticing the large discrepancy in the quality of education between women and men. After her ideas on improving women’s education gained the attention of Thomas Jefferson and John Adams in 1819, she was invited to open a school in New York and later taught at the Troy Female Seminary, which opened in 1821.

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One of the first ski lifts in the U.S. was developed on a farm in Woodstock in 1934. Designed by Wallace “Bunny” Bertram and powered by an antique Model-T Ford engine, the tow pulled people up a hill while holding onto a moving rope.

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The first monthly Social Security benefit check was issued to Ludlow, Vermont, resident Ida May Fuller on January 31, 1940. After retiring from her job as a legal secretary, Fuller received her first check in the amount of $22.54—$2.21 less than the total taxes withdrawn from her salary during the three years that she worked under the Social Security program.

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On May 5, 1978, Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield opened their first Ben & Jerry’s Homemade ice cream shop in a refurbished gas station in Burlington. In 2000, the infamous brand was acquired by Unilever for roughly $326 million in cash.

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Vermont became the first state to legally recognize civil unions between partners of the same sex in April 2000. Nine years later, the state legislature granted full marriage rights to same-sex couples.

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Montpelier, with fewer than 9,000 people, is the smallest state capital in the United States.

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State of Vermont Quick Facts
  • Current Population:626,042
  • Voter Registration Deadline: 8 days before an election
  • Election Day Voter Registration: No
  • Early Voting: Yes
  • Absentee Voting: Yes
  • Voter ID: No
  • Electoral Colleges: 3
  • Congressional Districts: 1
  • Date of Statehood: March 4, 1791
  • Size: 9,616 square miles
  • Nickname(s): Green Mountain State
  • Tree: Sugar Maple
  • Flower: Red Clover
  • Bird: Hermit Thrush
Registered Voters

Total: 582,795

Registered Voters: 447,539

Total Voters Cast: 135,256

Voting And Elections

Am I eligible To Vote in Vermont?

Most States require citizens to be registered in order to vote. Make sure you understand the voter registration requirements in the state of Vermont.

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  • Can I Register At The Polls On Election Day?
    VERMONT : Yes

    Vermont's same-day registration won't be implemnted until 2017

    If My Address Has Changed Do I Need To Re-register To Vote?

    When you register to vote, your voter registration is linked to your residential address. When registered voters move, they are supposed to update their registration records with election officials before voting

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  • How Do I Register To Vote in Vermont?
    Voter registration is a means of determining the candidates and issues for which each voter is eligible to vote. Most states require voters to register to vote a certain number of days before Election Day. Voter Registration also protects the integrity of the ballot box by preventing voting in multiple jurisdictions.

    To register to vote inthe state of Vermont, voters have the following options :

    By Mail

    Submitting a voter registration form to your town or city clerk

    Online

    Using our Online Voter Registration system

    Can I Take Time Off For Voting?

    No specific law requiring time off to vote.

    Vermont State Government

    Vermont Constitution

    PREAMBLE

    That all persons are born equally free and independent, and have certain natural, inherent, and unalienable rights, amongst which are the enjoying and defending life and liberty, acquiring, possessing and protecting property, and pursuing and obtaining happiness and safety; therefore no person born in this country, or brought from over sea, ought to be holden by law, to serve any person as a servant, slave or apprentice, after arriving to the age of twenty-one years, unless bound by the person's own consent, after arriving to such age, or bound by law for the payment of debts, damages, fines, costs, or the like

    The Executive Branch
    Vermont State House

    Executive Power

    The governor, and in the Governor's absence, the Lieutenant-Governor, shall have power to commission all officers, and also to appoint officers, except where provision is, or shall be, otherwise made by law or this frame of government; and shall supply every vacancy in any office, occasioned by death or otherwise, until the office can be filled in the manner directed by law or this Constitution. The Governor is to correspond with other States, transact business with officers of government, civil and military, and prepare such business as may appear necessary, to lay before the General Assembly.

    Vermont Executive Offices
  • The Governor (Elected)
  • The Lieutenant Governor (Elected)
  • The Attorney General (Elected)
  • The Secretary Of State (Elected)
  • The Treasurer (Elected)
  • Legislative Branch
    Vermont Statehouse

    Legislative Power

    The Senate and the House of Representatives shall be styled, The General Assembly of the State of Vermont .

    The Vermont House of Representatives is the lower house of the Vermont General Assembly. The state of Vermont legislative districting Service divides representing districts into 66 single-member districts and 42 two-member constituencies.

    The Vermont senate includes 30 members.

    Judicial Branch
    The Vermont Supreme Court's building in Montpelier.

    Judicial Power

    The Supreme Court shall consist of the Chief Justice of the State and four associate justices of the Supreme Court.

    The Vermont judicial branch includes seven courts: the supreme court, the superior court, the district court, the family court, the probate court, the environmental court and the Vermont Judicial Bureau.

    14 superior court units

    Vermont Current Partisan Composition
    State Representatives(150)
    (85)(53)(6)(6)
    State Senators(30)
    (20)(9)(1)
    US Representatives(1)
    (1)
    US Senators(2)
    (1)(1)
    State Executives
    Governor
    Lt. Governor
    Att. General
    Sec. Of State

    State Officials Terms, Authority,Salary, and Qualitications

    Vermont Executive Offices
    The Governor
    Authority

    The governor shall have power to grant pardons and remit fines in all cases whatsoever, except in treason in which the Governor shall have power to grant reprieves, but not to pardon, until after the end of the next session of the General Assembly; and except in cases of impeachment, in which the governor shall not grant reprieve or pardon, and there shall be no remission, or mitigation of punishment, but by act of legislation. The Governor is also to take care that the laws be faithfully executed.

    Qualifications

    No person shall be eligible to the office of governor or lieutenant-governor until the person shall have resided in this State four years next preceding the day of election.

    Election

    The governor is popularly elected every two years by a plurality and has no term limit.

    Term of Office

    The governor is popularly elected every two years.

    Limit on Tenure

    Has no term limit.

    Salary

    $145,538

    Qualification age

    The Lieutenant Governor
    Authority

    The Legislature shall provide by general law what officer shall act as Governor whenever there shall be a vacancy in both the offices of governor.

    Qualifications

    No person shall be eligible to the office of Governor or Lieutenant-Governor until the person shall have resided in this State four years next preceding the day of election.

    Election

    Popularly elected every two years by a plurality and has no term limit.

    Term of Office

    Elected every two years.

    Limit on Tenure

    Has no term limit.

    Salary

    $61,776

    Qualification age

    The Attorney General
    Authority

    The attorney general is the chief law enforcement officer in the state and is responsible for representing the state in all matters in which the state is a party or has an interest.

    Qualifications

    Election

    The attorney general of Vermont is an elected executive position in the Vermont state government.

    Term of Office

    Elected every two years.

    Limit on Tenure

    No term limit.

    Salary

    $118,581

    Qualification age

    The Secretary Of State
    Authority

    Administers a records management program for Vermont public agencies; Licenses, certifies, and registers 39 occupations and professions, registers all business entities in the state, Serves as the filing repository for Uniform Commercial Code filings, Serves at the state's chief election officer

    Qualifications

    There are no specific qualifications for this office.

    Election

    The governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, secretary of state, treasurer and auditor are elected every two years, on the first Tuesday following the first Monday in November.

    Term of Office

    elected every two years.

    Limit on Tenure

    No term limit.

    Salary

    $99,944

    Qualification age

    The Treasurer
    Authority

    As the state's banker and chief investment officer, the treasurer is accountable for the receipt and disbursement of public funds, short and long-term debt management, investment of state funds, administration of three retirement systems and pension funds, collecting and returning unclaimed financial property to rightful owners, improving the financial literacy of Vermonters, and advising state policymakers on various fiscal and policy issues

    Qualifications

    Election

    The governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, secretary of state, treasurer and auditor are elected every two years, on the first Tuesday following the first Monday in November.

    Term of Office

    elected every two years

    Limit on Tenure

    No term limit].]> $96,949

    Vermont State Congress
    The State House
    Authority

    The Speaker of the House is the presiding officer of the body

    Qualifications

    "No person shall be elected a Representative or a Senator until the person has resided in this State two years, the last year of which shall be in the legislative district for which the person is elected."

    Election

    Representatives are elected to a two year term without term limits.

    Term of Office

    Representatives are elected to a two year term.

    Limit on Tenure

    Without term limits.

    Salary

    $693.74/week + per diem

    Qualification age

    The State Senate
    Authority

    The Senate is headed by the State's Lieutenant Governor as the Senate President. The Senate President only votes in the case of a tie. More often, the Senate is presided over by the President Pro Tempore who also serves as head of the Majority Party.

    Qualifications

    "No person shall be elected a Representative or a Senator until the person has resided in this State two years, the last year of which shall be in the legislative district for which the person is elected."

    Election

    Term of Office

    Senators in Vermont serve two-year terms.

    Limit on Tenure

    Vermont senators have no term limits.

    Salary

    $693.74/week + per diem

    Qualification age

    Vermont State Courts
    The Supreme Court
    Authority

    The Supreme Court shall exercise appellate jurisdiction in all cases, criminal and civil, under such terms and conditions as it shall specify in rules not inconsistent with law.

    Qualifications

    o be considered a qualified candidate to serve on the Vermont Supreme Court, a candidate must be an attorney who has practiced more than five of the last 10 years in Vermont, and must be younger than 70 years old

    Election

    The supreme court is composed of five justices: a chief justice and four associate justices. Justices are chosen via the assisted appointment method of judicial selection and serve six-year terms.

    Term of Office

    serve six-year terms

    Limit on Tenure

    Chief salary

    $139,000

    Associate salary

    $133,000

    Qualification age

    The Superior Court
    Authority

    The Vermont Superior Courts are trial courts in Vermont.

    Qualifications

    Election

    Term of Office

    Limit on Tenure

    Salary

    Qualification age

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