Town Meeting Coming Soon!

by Damian Grover

What is town meeting?  According Wikipedia, “town meeting is a form of direct democratic rule used since the 17th century primarily in New England.”   Traditionally the 1st Tuesday in March is town meeting. It is where registered citizens and residents of the town go to a certain place to discuss town business and then to vote on the town’s budget by a voice vote of “yah or nay”.  Some town meetings are held in schools, public buildings, and in the case of Rockingham, the Opera House.  At many town meetings school budgets are also discussed and voted on by a voice vote. The election of the town’s public officials are done by an Australian ballot, which means voting on paper. Australian ballot voting happens at the designated polling place. In Rockingham the polling place is the Masonic Temple.