Vermont Voting Information
- Absentee Ballot Process
- Campaign Finance Information
- Candidate and Ballot Measure Information
- Drop Boxes
- Early Voting
- Election Dates
- Eligibility Requirements
- ID Needed for Voter Registration
- ID Needed for Voting?
- Official Results
- Overseas and Military Voters
- Poll Worker Information
- Polling Place Hours
- Polling Place Locator
- Provisional Voting
- Provisions for Voters with Disabilities
- Registration Deadline
- Time Off To Vote
- Verify Voter Registration
- Voting Machines
Absentee Ballot Process
Absentee voting is available and no excuse is required. The last day to request an absentee ballot is 1 day before the election. You can return your absentee ballot request form through mail, in person at your local elections office, or online. Voted ballots must be received by Election Day in order to be counted.
You can request an absentee ballot through phone, fax, email, mail, in person or online. All requests must be submitted by 5pm or the close of the Town Clerk's office on the day before the election.
There are several ways for you to vote absentee by mail.
Vote at Home on Election Day. If you are sick or disabled a ballot can be delivered to your home on election day. You must request an absentee ballot before 5pm on the day before the election. On election day, two justices of the peace will deliver a ballot to you and then will bring the ballot back to the polling place so it can be counted.
Vote by Mail. Any voter can request that the town clerk mail them an early voter absentee ballot. Once voted, you can return the ballot to the clerk in the envelope included with the ballot. The clerk must receive the ballot by the close of the polls on Election Day to be counted. You can request a ballot at any time before an election and clerks will mail absentee ballots within the 45 days before the election.
Hand Delivered Ballots. A voter may pick up a ballot at the town clerk's office at any time beginning 45 days before the general or primary election. You can deliver the voted ballot in a sealed envelope to the clerk on or before election day. The ballot can be returned to the clerk or delivered to the polling place by the voter or any person the voter authorizes to return the ballot for them. However, you can only pick up your own ballot from the clerks office.
Those who requested an absentee ballot but end up voting in person: Voters must surrender their absentee ballots before receiving a regular ballot, or sign an affidavit that they have not already voted. Do not mail a ballot and vote in person. For specifics, you can find your local county clerk contact info here.
Campaign Finance Information
Candidate and Ballot Measure Information
You can only use the dropbox of the city or town you vote from. A spreadsheet listing each town, whether it has a dropbox, and dropbox locations is downloadable at the Secretary of State site. You can also drop off your ballot at your assigned polling location on election day.
Early voting is also available with no excuse required. You may vote at your town clerk's office in person during the hours the office is open to the public, within 45 days before a primary or general election or 20 days before a municipal election. Due to the pandemic, Some Vermont town offices are closed to the public or have limited hours to protect health and safety, and most have a secure ballot drop box available whether or not the office is open. Please contact your town clerk.
To be eligible to vote you must be:
- A U.S. citizen
- A resident of Vermont
- A person who has taken the Voter's Oath (formerly called the Freeman's Oath)
- 18 years of age or older on or before Election Day
ID Needed for Voter Registration
If you are registering for the first time by mail or online, you must include a photocopy of an acceptable form of ID.
These include a:
- Valid photo ID (driver's license or passport)
- Copy of a current utility bill
- Copy of a current bank statement
- Copy of another government document
You must also include your driver's license number or the last four digits of your Social Security Number on the application in order for it to be approved.
If you are registering for the first time in Vermont you must take the Voter's Oath. The Vermont voter registration form contains the voter's oath that must be taken.
ID Needed for Voting?
First-time voters that registered by mail and did not provide verification are required to show identification at the polls.
Official results are never available on Election Day. Election officials are working around the clock to count an unprecedented number of ballots, and it’s essential that they take the time to make sure every vote is counted.
Absentee ballots begin being counted on Election Day. Provisional ballots are counted 2 days after the election.
Official election results will be uploaded on Vermont’s Secretary of State website as they become available.Official Results
Overseas and Military Voters
You are a Military or Overseas voter if you are in uniformed services, living overseas OR a spouse or dependent of a uniformed services voter. To get registered and vote, you can utilize Overseas Vote Foundation.
If you have additional questions about elections and voting overseas you can use our state specific elections official directory or contact the Overseas Vote Foundation.
Poll Worker Information
In order to be a poll worker in Vermont, you must:
- Be registered to vote in Vermont
- Be entitled to compensation
- Be at least 18 years of age
- Political affiliation considered
- Be a resident of the voting district
- Complete required training
- Students who are 16 and 17 years old may be appointed as assistant elections officers
To sign up, contact your local board of elections.
Polling Place Hours
All polls are open from between 5am and 10am and close at 7pm.
Polling Place Locator
A provisional ballot is only used if a person trying to vote at the polling place is not on the checklist and cannot affirm they registered to vote by the deadline.
Provisional ballots are counted 2 days after the election.
Provisions for Voters with Disabilities
Voters with disabilities are able to vote, at their polling locations, using accessible voting technology. Voters will access a tablet-based system that marks your selection onto the same paper ballot used by all voters at the polls. This system also contains an online-based ballot marking system that allows voters with disabilities to vote privately and independently from home during the early voting period.
If you need help with voting, you can:
- Contact your Town Clerk to ask for accomodations
- Bring a person of your choice with you into the voting booth (not your employer or union representative)
- Ask an election official for help with marking your ballot
- Ask an election official to bring a ballot to your car
- Bring a magnifying glass or other devices to help you use the ballot
- Bring a list of candidates into the voting book with you
- Ask for another ballot (maximum of 3) if you make a mistake
- Use the Omniballot tablet accessible voting system at the polls.
For more information contact your Secretary of State.
Election Day registration is available at the polls. If you would like to register to vote by mail or online, there is no specific deadline. However, it is recommended you submit your application between 2-4 weeks before an election to ensure your application is processed before the election.
Not registered? Use our registration tool to fill out your application!
Time Off To Vote
Time off to vote is subject to the employer, there is no requirement for employers to grant time off to vote for employees.
Verify Voter Registration
To verify your voter registration statusclick here!
The voting systems used in Vermont are optical scan, paper ballots and vote by phone.
Optical Scan: With this system, you will receive a card or sheet of paper, which you take over to a private table or booth. The card has the names of the various candidates and ballot measures printed on it. With a pen or pencil you fill in a little box or circle or the space between two arrows. When you are finished filling out all the cards, you may bring the cards over to a ballot box, where poll workers will show you how to put the cards in the box. Or in some places, you may feed the completed cards or papers into a computer device that checks your card or paper right there at the polling place to make sure you have voted the way you want to and counts the votes.
Paper Ballots: Paper ballots are one of the oldest ways of voting in America. They are still used in a few places on Election Day. When you come to the polling place, you will get a paper ballot from the poll worker. You take it to the voting booth, and use a pen or pencil to mark a box next to your candidate and issue choices. You then drop the marked ballot into a sealed ballot box.
Omniballot Tablet Accessible Voting System: Voters with disabilities are able to vote, at their polling locations, using accessible voting technology. Voters will access a tablet-based system that marks your selection onto the same paper ballot used by all voters at the polls. This system also contains an online-based ballot marking system that allows voters with disabilities to vote privately and independently from home during the early voting period.
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