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Slow Start for Voters in Central Vermont

City clerks say voters were slow to the polls on Town Meeting Day. As the afternoon wore on, voting picked up.
MONTPELIER, Vt.- Across Vermont, voters cast their ballots Tuesday.  This Town Meeting Day, several issue brought voters to the polls.

"Voting for the school budget," says Alex Aldrich of Montpelier.  "I relentlessly vote for the school budget because education is the most important thing we can invest in."

Montpelier's mayoral race also peaked voter interest. 

"I hope the next mayor makes changes," says Joanne Zorzi of Montpelier.  "Montpelier really needs to have growth and new housing so that it can be a city everyone can afford to live in."

Despite hot topics such as these, Montpelier City Clerk John Odum says voters were slow to the polls Tuesday morning.

"I think the weather had something to do with it," says Odum.  "It was very cold this morning, but things have picked up since then."

In Barre City, City Clerk Carol Dawes says Tuesday's turnout was less than in years past.

"It still seems a little lighter than usual," says Dawes.  "Certainly since noon or so it has really picked up."

Despite the slow start, voters say the most important thing is they voted.

"You can't complain if you don't vote," says Joy Whitehouse of Barre City.  "We figured we should come out and vote so we can't complain about anything."

According to both city clerks, the unofficial voter turnout for Montpelier is 2,446.  That is out of 6,100 voters.  In Barre City, the unofficial turnout is 981, which is out of 4,900 voters in the city's three wards.
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