Firstly, my sincere congratulations to all the volunteers who ran for office and to the newly elected, unopposed or not. The community owes you a great deal.
I look forward to working with Jean and Josh on the BoS and I am confident that the BoS will be off and running from our very first meeting.
If there is a recount, and after some thought, I personally hope that there isn't, it will occur ( tentatively) on Monday March 16th at 10am. Per our Town Moderator Jerry Hopkins, no one can be sworn in for the Selectmen's office until after the recount, so the traditional ceremony will not occur after Town Meeting.
With only 18.5% of registered voters turning out, it was the lightest turnout in many years. While there were a few first time voters, I did not see very many of our younger voters at the polls. With 5 candidates for 2 Selectmen seats, it should have generated a lot more interest. In addition, only 59 absentee ballots were submitted. It appears that this apathy also extends to other towns as Meredith had jut 19% of registered voters turn out for a field of 8 candidates for 2 seats. Nothing is more important than your local government in my opinion. If you did not take the time to vote, you surrendered the most basic and fundamental right in a democratic society.
With only one vote separating Josh Bartlett and Chuck Connell, it is obvious that every vote does count.
In any event, the BoS will next meet in a business meeting on March 19th where we will elect a new chair and vice chair, make committee assignments as well as liaison's to the various town departments.