By Luke Baynes
In the closing moments of the third and final presidential debate on Oct. 22, moderator Bob Schieffer of CBS News offered the American public some homespun advice, courtesy of his mom.
“Go vote,” Schieffer said. “It makes you feel big and strong.”
On Nov. 6, registered Williston voters will get the chance to flex their electoral muscles at the Williston Armory, between the hours of 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.
At stake on the national stage are the offices of U.S. president and vice president, one of Vermont’s two seats in the U.S. Senate and Vermont’s lone seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Up for grabs at the state level are the offices of governor, lieutenant governor, state treasurer, secretary of state, auditor of accounts, attorney general, state senator, state representative and high bailiff.
While three of the 14 candidates for the Chittenden Senate District hail from Williston, the only exclusive Williston race besides local justices of the peace is for the town’s two seats in the Vermont House of Representatives.
Williston representatives Terry Macaig and Jim McCullough, both Democrats, are seeking re-election for their third and sixth terms, respectively. They are challenged by Republicans Jay Michaud and Tom Nelson.
Registered voters who can’t make it to the polls on Election Day needn’t despair, as early voting will continue to be available at the town clerk’s office until 4:30 p.m. on Nov. 5. Sick or disabled people can contact the town clerk’s office and request that two justices of the peace bring a ballot to their home on or before Election Day.
Williston Town Clerk Deb Beckett said during a Tuesday afternoon telephone interview that 1,330 of 7,956 registered voters had cast early ballots.
For a full list of candidates, visit the Vermont Secretary of State Elections Division website at www.vermont-elections.org.