To The Editor
It’s been a busy couple of weeks since the town election and I want to take a moment to thank all of those who helped out with this year’s election. Even during this time of COVID we are able to have a safe and successful Annual Town Election.
I especially want to thank the Burlington Police Dept., DPW Highway Dept., School Dept., and BHS custodians for their assistance in preparing the polls, grounds, lighting and traffic control. These men and women work hard the day before and are up early in the morning and stay with us until late at night to assist us.
I’d also like to thank the dedicated and enthusiastic election workers for assisting voters through the process, Saturday elections are sometimes a challenge and our workers did a great job. It was a long day but they handled each voter with skill and a friendly smile. We continue to have a number of BHS students working the polls, and their energy and interest in the election are greatly appreciated.
The staff of the Town Clerk’s Office work for weeks in anticipation of an election. They register voters, assist voters in the office who cast absentee ballots, mail ballots to voters up to the day before the election, organize the poll workers, track all voters and ballots, and manage the hundreds of Vote by Mail and Early Voting Ballots, as well as investigate and resolve issues that arise on the day of the election. The work they do is the foundation of a successful election and I thank Linda, Kirsten, Kate and Daniel for laying that great foundation.
Lastly, thank you to the local candidates who ran, those who were incumbents and a good number of newcomers. It’s exciting to have more people looking to get involved with local government, civic involvement is a cornerstone of democracy. Of course one of the most important parts of the election is the voters of Burlington who come out and exercise their right to vote. Whether it’s Day of Voting, Vote by Mail or Early In Person Voting, thank you all for your participation!