Ginny Colbert: 802-828-2148
For Immediate Release: May 9, 2008
of Online Business Services a Success
Thirty-seven percent of corporations and LLCs are now filing reports
Secretary of State Deb Markowitz announced that 37 percent of Vermont’s
corporations and LLCs filed their annual reports online during the last
renewal cycle. Markowitz said, “Many Vermont businesses have been asking
the Secretary of State’s Office to expand services to permit them to file
their corporate and LLC annual report forms online. In response to these
requests, the office inaugurated this service a year ago and has been
pleased to find that many businesses chose the convenience of online
This year approximately
35,500 corporations and LLCs filed year-end annual reports with the
Secretary of State’s Office. Of these, over 13,000 filed online. Annual
reports require businesses to update information about their corporation
or LLC and require the payment of a fee. Businesses that file online
submit forms through the Secretary of State’s website, and pay the
required fee with a credit card. Markowitz said, “We believe that online
filing is good for business in Vermont. Not only is it more convenient
for Vermont’s business community, but online filing also frees up our
staff to offer even better service to businesses that are starting or
expanding in Vermont.”
For more information about
services offered by the Secretary of State’s Office, visit the website at
Shea For immediate
(802) 828-1296 May 12,
of State Markowitz to Kick Off High School Voter Registration Week at
Missisquoi Valley Union High School
Vermont Secretary of
State Deb Markowitz will kick off Vermont’s High School Voter Registration
Week by holding a voter registration drive at Missisquoi Valley Union High
School in Swanton.
Secretary Markowitz will
register 18 year-old students to vote, and will be speaking before several
Vermont’s High School Voter
Registration Week runs from May 14-21, 2008. According to Secretary
Markowitz, registering students during High School Voter Registration Week
is critical to ensuring that our young people understand the importance of
participating in the political process.
Wednesday, May 14, 2008 at noon.
WHERE: Missisquoi Valley Union High School, Swanton,Vermont
Shea For immediate
(802) 828-1296 May 14,
May 14-21 is High
School Voter Registration Week
Secretary of State Markowitz calls on Vermont high schools to register 18
Swanton. Today, Secretary of State Deb
Markowitz kicked off High School Voter Registration Week by participating
in a voter registration drive at Missisquoi Valley Union High School in
Swanton. Secretary Markowitz said, “Schools need to prepare students to
become engaged citizens.” Vermont’s High School Voter Registration Week
was established to teach students about the importance of voting, and to
encourage Vermont high schools to register their 18 year-olds to vote
before they leave school.
Markowitz said, “I applaud the efforts of our
high school teachers and administrators to ensure that every Vermont
student understands the importance of participating in the political
process. Registering students during High School Voter Registration Week
is critical to ensuring that our young people vote.”
With support from the Secretary of State’s Office,
and help from teachers, town clerks, public officials, and organizations
like the Vermont League of Women Voters, registration drives will take
place in many high schools across the state between May 14 and
May 21. Other high schools will use this time to plan and schedule
registration drives for another time. Several Vermont schools have a
tradition of incorporating voter registration into the graduation
Secretary of Markowitz said, “Students find it
difficult to register while away at college, the military, or while
working. We know from experience that Vermont’s young people are more
likely to vote if they register before they leave high school. We hope
many students take advantage of this chance to be registered and ready for
the next election.”
For more information about this program contact Missy
Shea at 802-828-1296 or visit the Secretary of State’s website at
Contact: Missy Shea
May 30, 2008
Students to be Treated to
Rare Viewing of Vermont’s Constitution
Secretary of State Deb Markowitz will honor the winners of the 2008
Vermont Secretary of State’s Poster and Essay Contest by treating them to
a rare viewing of the original Vermont Constitution on Monday, June 2, at
the Secretary of State’s Office in the Redstone Building in Montpelier
beginning at 9:30 a.m.
In addition to being granted an up-close
look at this historic document, the contest winners and their classes will
be Secretary Markowitz’s guests on a tour of the Vermont State House and
the Vermont Historical Society. At 12:15 p.m., in an award ceremony in the
State House cafeteria, the winning students will be presented with a
certificate and a $100 prize donated to each student's classroom to spend
on civics education.
The Vermont Secretary of State’s Poster and
Essay Contest is an effort to promote awareness of Vermont history, the
Vermont Constitution, and the importance of democracy among students in
Grades K-12. Over 400 Vermont students participated in the contest by
submitting posters or essays.
The winning posters and essays may be
viewed on the Secretary of State’s Kids Page website at
This year’s award recipients are:
Grades K-2: Vermont
Winner: Tom Young’s Waitsfield Elementary School Grade 2
class of pointillism pieces, including five outstanding entries.
Honorable Mention: Kacey Thompson’s
Sugar Maple, Brad Bender’s
Grade 2 Rutland Northeast School.
Honorable Mention: Enrique Rodriguez’s
Hermit Thrush, Mrs. Mille’s
Art class, St. Johnsbury School.
Honorable Mention: Lauren Allen’s
Vermont Symbol Scene,
Mrs. Plante’s Kindergarten class, Barre Town Elementary.
Grades 3-5: Vermont
Winner: Allison Babbitt’s
Horatio’s Drive, Ms.
Senning’s Grade 3 class, Underhill Central School.
Class Honorable Mention: Mrs. Martin’s Grade 5 class, Gilman Middle
Honorable Mention: Juliet Walsh’s
Coach Barn, Mrs. Davenport’s
Grade 5 class, Shelburne Community School.
Honorable Mention: Claire Armstrong’s
Vermont and the Civil War,
Mrs. Giles Grade 4 class, Cornwall Elementary.
Grades 6-8: Vermont
Constitution – Vermont Voters Oath Essay
Winner: Erin Connor, Ms. Fox’s Grade 7 class, St. Mary’s
Honorable Mention: Will Adkisson, Mrs. Babbitt’s Grade 7
class, Brown’s River Middle School.
Grade 9-12: Vermont
Constitution – Voter Disenfranchisement Essay
Winner: Brooke Connor, Mr. Mooney’s Grade 10 class,
Middlebury High School.