Town meetings have been in full swing since late last week here in New Hampshire. Many take place this week, this coming weekend, and next week.
It is American democracy writ small.
My little town had its town elections today, where our townspeople elected some town officials, voted on the the town and school budgets, and approved or disapproved various warrant articles that dealt with everything from buying a new fire truck to funding some non-governmental agencies to changing how the town sets up default budgets to imposing a property tax cap.
This election has probably garnered more voter attention than some I've seen in the past. I had to wait in line for a voting booth to open up, as did a number of other townsfolk. When I voted (just after work) over 1400 ballots had already been cast and there was still a couple of hours left until the polls closed. The parking lot outside our middle school, the town's polling place, was rapidly filling up as I left after voting.
It will be interesting to see which warrant articles passed and those that didn't.
One last thing -
As the saying goes here, “If you didn't vote at town meeting, then you have no right to complain about how things turned out.”