Getting a Question on the Ballot

 For information on getting on the Annual City Meeting ballot as a candidate, CLICK HERE.

Ballot questions:

The deadline for petitions to be received for the March 7 2023 Annual Town Meeting is Thursday January 26th at 5:00 PM at the City Clerk's office.

A petition must clearly identify the exact text of the item to be included on the ballot. The petitions should allow for signers to include a printed name, their signature, and their address. To be considered valid, signers are required to be registered voters in Montpelier. Each signatory can only sign once.

THE REQUIRED SIGNATURE COUNT FOR ADVISORY ITEMS IS 5% OF THE NUMBER OF REGISTERED VOTERS. This number is generally approximately 300, but changes daily. Please check with the Clerk's office if you want to know the precise number on any given day.

THE REQUIRED SIGNATURE COUNT FOR BINDING FINANCIAL EXPENDITURE ITEMS IS 10% OF THE NUMBER OF REGISTERED VOTERS. This number is generally approximately 600, but changes daily. Please check with the Clerk's office if you want to know the precise number on any given day.

Click here for a sample form and language you may choose to use for a binding ballot question (one that commits the city financially).

Click here for a sample form and language you may choose to use for an advisory/non-binding ballot question.



PLEASE NOTE!!!! 

Any proposed articles that involve action that is specifically delegated in the Vermont Statutes to the legislative body, (the city council or school board) or to any other town board or official will be rejected by the council and not placed on the warning. The chair will explain to the petitioners that state law gives the particular duty or responsibility for taking action to a specific individual or board and that the town voters cannot change that statutory mandate. Examples of illegal articles include an article to direct the council to fire the zoning administrator (statute reserves this power to the council), or an article to approve a local ordinance (statute reserves promulgation of ordinances to the council, electorate can only petition to disapprove an ordinance within 60 days of its adoption.)