Lincoln news for Sept. 3

LINCOLN — The town clerk will be unable to respond to phone messages or records requests Sept. 3 through Sept. 7. The best way to reach all town officials at this time will be via email, as some are working remotely. See the town website for email address information. Call (802) 453-7072 if you’d like to reach the selectboard administrative assistant or bookkeeper during this time.
On Aug. 11, the election was held under a big tent outside the town office. The weather cooperated and more voters participated absentee than in person. In the weeks leading up to Election day, people were depositing their voted ballots into our secure drop box in perfectly spaced timing. This resulted in fewer voters at the polling place and safer conditions for everyone. Thank you all for doing your part by voting early, wearing a mask and keeping safely distanced throughout our election process.
This year, we broke our previous primary election voter turnout record of 444 voters (in 2018) as 560 voters turned out. In a normal primary election, we mail out about 50 absentee ballots. This year during the pandemic we mailed 463! 
Thank you to the Board of Civil Authority and all of the election workers who pitched in and assisted with running this election. I am especially grateful to our postal workers who went above and beyond to make timely deliveries; they have all been working so hard. We mailed out 463 absentee ballots, but only 410 came back on time to be counted. Two have shown up late. For the November election, you are encouraged to return your ballots in our drop box to be certain they are received before Election Day.
Back-to-school will look a lot different for many students this year, but whether you’re attending in person classes, participating in the hybrid model or doing 100% remote learning, I wish you all the best of luck this year! Study hard. Read. Have fun. I’m grateful for all the dedicated administrators, teachers and staff who worked hard this summer so that students could have a positive, happy and safe experience this new school year. Thank you!
Until next time … If You’re Waiting For The Right Time, It’s Now. Do What Is Right, Not What Is Easy. Always End The Day With A Positive Thought. 

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