Board of Civil Authority
The Lincoln Board of Civil Authority is made up of 13 members: 7 Justices of the Peace, 5 Selectboard Members, and the Town Clerk. The Town Clerk is the Clerk of the Board. This board, commonly known as the BCA, is in charge of overseeing all elections in Lincoln. We meet before every election to go over the additions, deletions, and changes to the Voter Checklist. In odd numbered years we review the entire checklist to challenge and purge voters, whom we believe no longer call Lincoln their primary residence. We have implemented a Polling Place Code of Conduct, to help the Presiding Officer oversee activities during Elections. Click here to obtain a copy of Lincoln’s Polling Place Code of Conduct. The BCA also assists the Moderator at Town Meeting.
The BCA has the authority to hear tax appeals when a taxpayer disagrees with the Listers’ assessment of their property. We also act as the Board of Abatement, along with the Town Treasurer, when a taxpayer requests a hearing for abatement of taxes for statutory reasons. Only the Justices of the Peace have authority to certify Civil Marriages in Vermont. All BCA members can administer the Voter’s Oath.
BCA agendas and minutes will be posted here as well as at Burnham Hall, Lincoln Library, Town Office and the Lincoln General Store. Minutes will be available at the Town Office upon request.