Australian ballot voting is a method of voting at local elections recognized by Vermont general law. Under current law, only the municipality’s voters may vote to allow the switch to the Australian ballot system. However, Act 162 temporarily allows a municipality to apply the Australian ballot system to any or all of its meetings (e.g., special and annual) held in the year 2021 by vote of its selectboard. This checklist is designed to help selectboards transition to using the Australian ballot method of voting, but is also helpful for other towns already using this method.
If you have additional questions about town meeting requirements, please view our Town Meeting homepage or contact the staff at the VLCT Municipal Assistance Center. Members may reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-800-649-7915 for assistance. While every effort is made to provide members with the most accurate information possible, these documents do not constitute legal advice.