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2022-08-08 – Ballot Request Deadline (Received by)

Received by Mon Aug 8, 2022 5:00PM EDT

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Received by Tue Aug 9, 2022 7:00PM EDT

2022-08-09 – Registration Deadline (Election Day Registration)

Election Day Registration

Last Updated: April 2022

Voting in Vermont

When You Can Vote

Election Day

Polls open on Election Day between 5:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m., depending on the town. To find out when your polling place opens, check the Vermont Secretary of State’s website “My Voter Page” (mvp.vermont.gov/) or call your town clerk. All polls close at 7:00 p.m. on Election Day.  Please note that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, polling place changes may have occurred and it is strongly recommended that voters check the “My Voter Page” to confirm their polling location.

In Vermont early voting is also available. See “Voting Early & by Absentee Ballot” below.

Where You Can Vote

How to Find Your Polling Place: Check the Vermont Secretary of State’s website, “My Voter Page” (mvp.vermont.gov/) or call your town clerk, or call 1-866-OUR-VOTE.

Registering to Vote

Registration Deadlines

  • The voter registration deadline for the Vermont State Primary Election is Election Day Registration.

How to Check Your Registration: Voters can determine whether they are registered to vote at the following link: Am I Registered?.

You are eligible to vote in Vermont if you:

  • Are a U.S citizen
  • Are a resident of Vermont
  • Are at least 18 years old by Election Day
  • Take, or have previously taken, the Voter’s Oath

How to register 

  • Vermont State Primary Election
    • Election Day Registration

Registration Deadlines: You may register to vote on any day up to and including the day of election. However, if you register online the day before the election or on Election Day, your application may not be processed and your name may not appear on the checklist, in which case you may be asked to fill out another application at the polls. To ensure that the voter’s name will be listed on the checklist on Election Day, the voter should register by the Friday before Election Day.

How to Check Your Registration: Visit the Vermont Secretary of State’s website “My Voter Page” (mvp.vermont.gov/), call your town clerk, or call 1-866-OUR-VOTE.

Registration Eligibility: To be eligible for registration in Vermont, you must:

  • Be a citizen of the United States;
  • Be a resident of the state of Vermont (and a resident of the town in which you apply to be added to the checklist);
  • Have taken the voter’s oath (a voter can administer the oath to themself and affirm as much on the registration application); and
  • Be 18 years or more of age on Election Day (any person meeting the requirements above who will be 18 on or before the date of a general election may register and vote in the state primary election immediately preceding the general election).

There is no duration of residency requirement in Vermont; you may register the first day that you move to the state if Vermont is your primary residence.

How to Register: Vermont’s residents may register to vote online, by submitting a voter registration form by mail or in person to their town/city clerk, simultaneously with the application for or renewal of a motor vehicle driver’s license, or by completing a voter registration application whenever you apply for benefits from a designated agency in state government. Vermont resident may also register online using the Online Voter Registration system. Vermont residents may also register to vote on Election Day by completing a voter registration application and delivering it to the presiding officer at their polling place before the close of the polls. 

Online

You can apply to register online on the Vermont Secretary of State’s website “Online Voter Registration System” page (https://olvr.vermont.gov/).

In Person; by Mail

You can register by submitting a voter registration form at the polling place on Election Day, or by submitting a voter registration form to your town clerk any day before Election Day. 

You can obtain a voter registration form by:

  • downloading it from the Vermont Secretary of State’s website “Registration” page (https://outside.vermont.gov/dept/sos/Elections%20Division/voters/voterapplication.pdf; or

Once completed, the voter registration form must be returned to your town clerk by mail or by hand delivery. 

You will also have the opportunity to register to vote when you apply for or renew a motor vehicle driver’s license or whenever you apply for benefits from a designated agency in state government.

Identification Required for Registration: 

The Vermont voter registration form requires either a Vermont driver’s license number or a Vermont DMV-issued personal identification number. If you do not have either, the form requests the last four digits of your social security number.

If you are registering to vote in Vermont for the first time, you must include a photocopy of an acceptable form of identification. Acceptable forms of identification include:

  • A valid photo identification (a driver’s license or passport); or
  • A current utility bill; or
  • A current bank statement; or
  • Any other government document showing your current name and residential address.
Voting Early or by Absentee Ballot

If You Want to Vote Absentee, requests may be made:

  • In-Person
  • By Mail
  • By Fax
  • By Email
  • Online

Absentee Ballots may be returned:

  • In-Person
  • By Mail
Vermont State Primary Election

Ballot Request:

  • Received by Mon Aug 8, 2022 5:00PM EDT

Ballot Return:

  • Received by Tue Aug 9, 2022 7:00PM EDT

If You Want to Vote Early

You can vote early in person at your town clerk’s office at any time from the date on which ballots are available (which shall be no later than 45 days before the state primary or general election (i.e., no later than June 25, 2022 with respect to the August 9, 2022 primary election) and no later than 20 days prior to a municipal election that uses the Australian ballot) until the day before Election Day. All ballots returned in-person to the Town Clerk’s office must be returned before the close of the office on the day before the election. Ballots returned to secure ballot drop boxes provided by the town or city in which the voter is registered must be dropped off before the close of business on the day before the election. Ballots will also be counted if received by mail at the Town Clerk’s office by 7:00 pm on Election Day.  Ballots returned to the voter’s polling place on Election Day must be returned by 7:00 pm in order to be counted.

If You Want to Vote Absentee

You can vote absentee at any time from the date on which ballots are available (which shall be no later than 45 days before the state primary or general election and 20 days prior to a municipal election that uses the Australian ballot).

For every general election, the Secretary of State’s office will automatically mail a general election ballot to all active voters on the statewide voter checklist. The mailing of the ballots will be not later than October 1. 

Ballots for local elections—town meeting elections by Australian ballot—are available 20 days prior to the election. You can, however, request ballots at any point during the year leading up to the election. It is strongly recommended that  military or overseas voters request an early or absentee ballot at least 45 days prior to the election.

Deadlines:

  • Requesting an Absentee Ballot: You can request an absentee ballot up until 5:00 p.m. (or by the time of closing of the town clerk’s office) on the day before Election Day (August 8, 2022 (for the primary election)). 
  • As noted above, the Secretary of State will mail absentee ballots to all registered voters for every general election . If you are not registered or newly registered and have not received an absentee ballot mailed by the Secretary of State to registered voters, you should apply for an absentee ballot and remember to leave time, if necessary, for the clerk to mail you a ballot.
  • If you are sick, have an injury,or have a disability, an absentee ballot can be delivered to your home by pairs of Justices of the Peace from different political parties. If there are not enough Justices of the Peace from different parties to make up the required number of pairs, the remaining pairs may be selected by the board of civil authority from lists of registered voters submitted by the chairs of the town committees of political parties, and from among registered voters who in written application to the board state that they are not affiliated with any political party.
  • Mailing Your Absentee Ballot: If you are mailing in your ballot, it must be received by the Town Clerk’s office before 7:00 pm on Election Day. .
  • Delivering Your Ballot: If you are hand delivering your ballot, you can return it to the Town Clerk’s office before the close of business on the day before Election Day, or you can bring it to your polling place on Election Day and drop it off before 7:00 p.m.
  • Military and Overseas Voter Absentee Ballot Requests: To register to vote and request an absentee ballot, visit the My Voter Page on the Vermont Secretary of State website. Military or overseas voters may also request an absentee ballot by telephone, fax, email, or by mail. You may also request that the unvoted ballot and certificate for the return envelope be sent to you by email, fax, or mail. If you have the ballot and certificate sent by email or fax, the clerk will include instructions for you. However, under Vermont law, voted ballots must be returned to the town clerk inside the absentee certificate envelope (with the voter’s original signature). Voted ballots may not be returned by fax or email.
  • New Restrictions on Delivery of Absentee Ballots on Behalf of Voters by Candidates on the Ballot or their Campaigns: An absentee ballot may be hand delivered by the voter or by anyone authorized by the voter to hand deliver the ballot with certain exceptions related to candidates on the ballot and paid members of their campaign staff.  Candidates who are on the ballot and paid members of their campaigns staff may only return their own ballots, the ballots of immediate family members, the ballot of a voter for whom they are caretakers and have been requested to assist with the return of the ballot, and ballots required to be delivered if they are acting as a justice of peace performing their formal duties. ..

For more information on voting early in-person and absentee voting in Vermont, see the Secretary of State’s “Absentee Voting” web page (https://sos.vermont.gov/elections/voters/early-absentee-voting/#howtovote).

Identification Requirements

Voter Registration

To register to vote in Vermont you should provide one of the following:

  • Current and Valid Photo ID
  • Last Four Digits of your Social Security Number
  • Your Vermont Driver’s License Number
  • Your Vermont ID Number

If you are registering to vote for the first time by mail, you will need to provide a copy of a valid ID. Acceptable forms of ID include:

  • Valid Vermont Driver’s License except one issued to an individual that is not a United States citizen
  • Utility Bill, Bank Statement or other Government Document
  • Valid US Passport

Voting In-Person

In Vermont, only first-time voters who have registered by mail have to show ID in order to vote. If you registered when you renewed your drivers license, or as part of a voter registration drive, you will not be required to show ID. If you are voting for the first time or your registration is incomplete, you can use any ID from this list:

  • Valid Vermont Driver’s License
  • Other Government Document
  • Utility Bill
  • Bank Statement

Identification Requirements to Cast a Ballot

If you are not a first-time voter, you can vote without proving identification.

If you are a first-time voter in the municipality who registered to vote by mail or online and has not previously provided proper identification, then you must present your identification at the polling place. 

If you registered to vote when you renewed your driver’s license, or as part of a voter registration drive, you do not have to show identification.

Acceptable forms of identification are: a valid photo identification (driver’s license or passport); copy of a current utility bill; copy of a current bank statement; or a copy of a government check, paycheck or any other government document showing your current name and residential address.

If You Have Moved Within Your State

Moving within the Same Municipality

If you have moved within the area covered by your former polling place, you may vote at that polling place if you make an oral or written affirmation that you continue to reside in the area covered by that polling place. Voter must notify the town or city clerk immediately to keep the voter’s address current. 

If you have moved to an area covered by a different polling place but within the same municipality, you are entitled to go to the polling place location that corresponds to your new address and vote a regular ballot if you make an oral or written affirmation that you have moved within the area covered by that polling place. 

Moving Between Municipalities

If you have moved to a different municipality within 17 days prior to the election, you are entitled to go to the polling place location that corresponds to your old address and vote a regular ballot. If you have moved 18 days or more before the election, you are not eligible to vote at the polling place located at your old address and must re-register to vote in the town of your new address, which you can do at the polling place on Election Day.

If You are in the Military or are an Overseas Voter

Voting Military

Service members and their dependents may register and request a ballot using the federal voter registration/ballot request form (“FPCA”). You will have the following identification options when completing the form:

  • U.S. State or Territory or District Issued ID
  • Option to Indicate that you do not have the Requested ID
  • Last 4 Digits of your Social Security Number

Voting Overseas

U.S. citizens living overseas may register and request a ballot using the overseas voter registration/ballot request form. You will have the following identification options when completing the form:

  • U.S. State or Territory or District Issued ID
  • Option to Indicate that you do not have the Requested ID
  • Last 4 Digits of your Social Security Number

Registering and Requesting an Absentee Ballot

Under federal law, if you are in the military or are an overseas voter, you can use the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) to register to vote and request absentee ballots for a minimum of all federal elections in the current calendar year. Be sure to complete a new FPCA each year and every time your address changes. The FPCA is also known as Standard Form 76. For more information and for a downloadable version of the FPCA, visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program’s (FVAP) Vermont-specific page (https://www.fvap.gov/vermont).

Receiving an Absentee Ballot

Military and overseas citizens can receive their absentee ballots by mail, email/online, or fax. If you wish to use the email/online or fax option, you must so indicate on your FPCA. Voted ballots must be mailed to your election official. Contact information can be found in the “Local Election Offices” section of the Voting Assistance Guide on the FVAP website (https://www.fvap.gov/vermont). 

Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot

If you requested your absentee ballot and haven’t received it at least 30 days before the election, you can use the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB). The FWAB is an emergency backup ballot. For more information and for a downloadable version of the FWAB, visit the FVAP Vermont-specific page (https://www.fvap.gov/vermont).

Military and Overseas Voter Deadlines:

August 9, 2022 Primary Election

  • Registration Deadline: Beginning January 1, 2017, eligible persons may register to vote on any day up to and including the day of the election. The request for absentee ballot can also be made at the same time the person registers to vote but note the absentee ballot request deadline is August 8, 2022. 
  • Absentee Ballots to be Mailed to Registered Military and Overseas Voters : no later than June 25, 2022. 
  • Ballot Request Deadline for Voters Who Do not Receive Absentee Ballots Mailed by the Secretary of State: Request must be received by the Town Clerk by 5:00 p.m. or close of business on August 8, 2022. 
  • Ballot Return Deadline: Ballot must be received by 5:00 p.m. or the close of business by the Town Clerk’s office on August 8, 2022 or before 7:00 p.m. at the voter’s polling place on August 9, 2022. .

For further information, you can also visit the Vermont “Military & Overseas Absentee Voting” web page (https://sos.vermont.gov/elections/voters/early-absentee-voting/#military).

If You Have a Felony Conviction

If you have a felony conviction, you retain the right to vote in Vermont. You have the right to vote in an election even if you are incarcerated, on parole, or on probation. You should vote in the town or city in which you resided before being incarcerated.

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