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.
NOTE: Begining with the November 8th General Election, Vermont will mail ballots to all registered voters in the weeks leading up to the election. Anyone planning to vote early or by mail in the Aug. 9 primary must request a ballot.
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.