Vermont

Upcoming Elections

Nov. 3, 2020 – Voter Registration Deadline – Online, Paper and In-Person

Voters can register to vote up to and including Election Day.

For more information, visit the Vermont Secretary of State’s website

Nov. 2, 2020 – Absentee Voting Deadline

The Secretary of State will mail absentee ballots to all registered voters for the November 3, 2020 general election starting on Friday, September 18, 2020. If a voter has not received their absentee ballot, they should contact their town clerk’s office to confirm whether an absentee ballot was mailed to them and, if not, must request an absentee ballot by 5:00 p.m. or the time of closing of the town clerk’s office on the last day that the clerk has regular hours before the election. The request can be made at the same time the person registers to vote. Absentee ballots must be received by the town clerk by 5:00 p.m. or by the closing time of the town clerk’s office the day prior to the election or before 7:00 p.m. on Election Day at the voter’s polling place in order to be counted.

For more information, visit the Vermont Secretary of State’s website

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” or call your town clerk, or call 1-866-OUR-VOTE.

Registering to Vote

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 himself 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.

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 clerk, simultaneously with the application for or renewal of a motor vehicle driver’s license, or by completing a voter registration application at a voter registration agency.

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 up to and including Election Day. 

You can obtain a voter registration form by:

  • downloading it from the Vermont Secretary of State’s website “Registration” page; or
  • picking it up from your town clerk.

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 by completing a voter registration application at a voter registration agency. 

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);
  • A current utility bill;
  • 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 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 29, 2020 with respect to the state primary election and no later than September 21, 2020 with respect to the general election) and 20 days prior to a municipal election that uses the Australian ballot) until the day before Election Day. All ballots must be returned to the town clerk’s office before the close of the office on the day before the election or before 7 p.m. on Election Day at the voter’s polling place 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).

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, absentee ballots for the November 3, 2020, general election only will be mailed by the Secretary of State to all registered non-military or overseas voters beginning on September 18, 2020.  The Secretary of State will mail absentee ballots to all registered military and overseas voters beginning on September 19, 2020. 

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 (or November 2, 2020 (for the general election)). 
  • As noted above, the Secretary of State will mail absentee ballots to all registered voters for the November 3, 2020 election only due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 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 or have a disability, an absentee ballot can be delivered to your home. (But under COVID-19 changes to elections, in-home delivery of ballots by Justices of the Peace in accordance with 17 V.S.A. §2538 is only required if a town or city has two Justices of the Peace that are willing, able, and available to provide this service. Voters wanting in-home delivery of an absentee ballot should contact their town clerk’s office to confirm the continued availability.)
  • Mailing Your Absentee Ballot: If you are mailing in your ballot, it must be received by the town clerk by 5:00 p.m. or the close of business the day before Election Day or before 7 p.m. on Election Day at your polling place.
  • Delivering Your Ballot: If you are hand delivering your ballot, you can return it to the clerk’s office before 5:00 p.m. or 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.
  • Overseas Voter with Disrupted Mail Service: Military or overseas voters who are in a country for which mail service to the US has been suspended, and who have no other means of returning their ballot by mail, may return their ballot directly to the Clerk by email. The marked ballot should be returned as a PDF or photo file attached to an email to the Clerk. A photo or scanned image of a signed certificate containing the language included on the standard absentee ballot certificate envelope shall be returned by the voter along with the ballot. The LEO shall notify the Secretary of State’s office prior to allowing any military or overseas voter to return their ballot by this method.
  • 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 in the November 3, 2020 election and members of their campaign staff.  Candidates who are on the ballot and members of their campaigns staff may only return their own ballots, the ballots of closely related family members or ballots of their campaign staff members. (See, https://sos.vermont.gov/media/hxgjjdkb/secretary-of-state-s-first-2020-statewide-election-procedures-directive.pdf).

For more information on voting early in-person and absentee voting in Vermont, see the Secretary of State’s “Absentee Voting” web page.

Identification Requirements

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.

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

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/vao/vag/chapter2/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.

Special Provisions for Email Voting for Overseas Voters whose Mail to the US has been Suspended and Have no Other Means of Returning their Ballots by Mail Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic in the November 3, 2020 Election Only:

Military or overseas voters who are in a country for which mail service to the US has been suspended, and who have no other means of returning their ballot by mail, may return their ballot directly to the Clerk by email. The marked ballot should be returned as a PDF or photo file attached to an email to the Clerk. A photo or scanned image of a signed certificate containing the language included on the standard absentee ballot certificate envelope shall be returned by the voter along with the ballot. The LEO shall notify the Secretary of State’s office prior to allowing any military or overseas voter to return their ballot by this method.

Military and Overseas Voter Deadlines:

November 3, 2020 General Election

  • Registration Deadline: Registration must be received by October 28, 2020.
  • Absentee Ballots to be Mailed to Registered Military and Overseas Voters Starting on October 19, 2020
  • 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 November 2, 2020.
  • Ballot Return Deadline: Ballot must be received by 5:00 p.m. or the close of business by the Town Clerk’s office on November 2, 2020 or before 7:00 p.m. at the voter’s polling place on November 3, 2020.

For further information, you can also visit the Vermont “Overseas and Military Voter Services” web page.

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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