Brattleboro board urges governor to sign youth voting charter change bill

The following is a letter sent to Gov. Phil Scott and copied to the newspaper.

BRATTLEBORO — The Brattleboro Selectboard has written to ask for your signature on Brattleboro's Charter Change petition. Our years-long effort to advance the goals of the people of Brattleboro will die with the stroke of your pen should you veto the bill after all these years.

In a Dillon's Rule state such as ours, few avenues are available to us to advance any change in our means and method of governance. The charter change referendum initiated by public ballot in 2019 was overwhelmingly approved by Brattleboro voters.

After a long slog in the House, including delays from the pandemic, and recent final approval in the Senate, this bill awaits your signature.

Please respect the will of our local vote for this Brattleboro-only initiative that only effects our municipal elections.

By saying yes, you will help the youth of Brattleboro to develop an early, healthy civic investment and engagement in their community and for both our youth and the people of Brattleboro to be truly heard by approving this youth-affirming municipal governance charter change.

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