Town Meeting Warnings

All towns must include the Notice and Instructions for Voters with the posting of the warning. You may download sample Notice to Voters here. Please choose the appropriate notice for the type of ballot that is used in your municipality. These notices are Microsoft Word documents that are printed on 8 1/2 x 14 inch paper.

Listed below are sample warnings developed with the Vermont League of Cities and Towns.  All warnings should contain the following information (17 V.S.A. § 2641 et seq) :

  1. The date, time and location of the meeting;
  2. The nature of meeting (whether it is a town meeting, school meeting, or both);
  3. The business to be transacted and the questions voted upon;
  4. The date, location, and time of all polling places when voting by Australian ballot; and
  5. The signatures of the selectboard, school board, or both for a combined meeting.

Listed below are the sections of the Vermont Statutes that pertain to the Warning and Notice for Local Elections.

17 V.S.A. § 2641. Warning and notice required; publication of warnings

(a) The legislative body of a municipality shall warn a meeting by posting a warning and notice in at least two public places in the town, and in or near the town clerk’s office, not less than 30 nor more than 40 days before the meeting. If a town has more than one polling place and the polling places are not all in the same building, the warning and notice shall be posted in at least two public places within each voting district and in or near the town clerk’s office.

(b) In addition, the warning shall be published in a newspaper of general circulation in the municipality at least five days before the meeting, unless the warning is published in the town report and the town report is mailed or otherwise distributed to the voters at least 10 days before the meeting. The legislative body annually shall designate the paper in which these warnings shall be published. This shall not apply to municipal informational meetings at which no voting is to take place.

17 V.S.A. § 2642. Warning and notice contents

(a) The warning shall include the date and time of the election, location of the polling place or places, and the nature of the meeting or election. It shall, be separate articles, specifically indicate the business to be transacted, to include the offices and the questions to be voted upon. The warning shall also contain any article or articles requested by a petition signed by at least five percent of the voters of the municipality and filed with the municipal clerk not less than 40 days before the day of the meeting.

(b) The posted notice that accompanies the warning shall include information on voter registration, information on early or absentee voting where applicable and other appropriate information.

17 V.S.A. § 2644. Warnings

The original warning for each municipal meeting shall be signed by a majority of the legislative body and shall be filed with the clerk and recorded before being posted. When all positions on the legislative body are vacant, warnings may be signed by the clerk.

Sample Warnings

This page was last updated: 2018-04-12