Since April, over 20 New England towns have conducted their annual meetings with the help of TownVOTE electronic voting software. Once a year (and sometimes more) towns across Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Connecticut come together in a formal setting to discuss, debate, and decide on matters that impact their lives and communities.
The town of Sterling, MA used Meridia’s voting keypads and software during the Pandemic in 2020, and 2021 to hold a massive outdoor meeting at their local airport. Now their 2022 town meeting brought them back indoors, proving the flexibility and speed of the EZ-VOTE electronic voting system and keypads.
Towns like Stow, Raynham or Seekonk had to use multi-room voting to accommodate the need for social distancing when a single space couldn’t hold enough residents. The solution Meridia can provide covers two rooms with a single receiver, extending the reception range and enabling every vote to be counted.
Holding a large outdoor voting session can be complicated event, but not for the town of Westwood, MA. By implementing Meridia’s TownVOTE electronic voting system into their most recent special town meeting, they made it accurate, secure, and fast to register over 1,000 votes in a contentious vote to approve borrowing of $84,610,386 for a new school.
Town Meeting in any New England town ought to be a simple thing. A motion is brought to a vote and people hold colored cards in the air to indicate whether or not they support the motion. If the color associated with the Ayes dominates the color associated with the Nays, they Ayes have it. That’s pretty straightforward. Shouldn’t take a lot of time.