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Vermont Absentee Voting

ALERT: Due to COVID-19 (coronavirus) all active registered voters will receive a ballot by mail sometime between September 21st and October 1st. If you prefer to vote in person on Election Day you still can, however, voters are encouraged to vote by mail if they choose. If you vote by mail, your voted ballot must be received by Election Day in order to be counted. Please contact your Secretary of State for more information.

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Early Voting

Early Voting for the Tuesday, November 3, 2020 General Election begins on September 21st and ends on November 2nd. Early voting is also available wit... Read More

Upcoming Election Dates & Registration Deadlines

Some elections in this list are local and do not apply for all Vermont voters. Please click the “View all” button below to view all election dates in your state.

Next Election: General
Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Registration Deadlines

In Person
Tuesday, November 3, 2020
There are no additional election dates scheduled at this time.

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Vermont Voting Information

Absentee Ballot Process

ALERT: Due to COVID-19 (coronavirus) all active registered voters will receive a ballot by mail sometime between September 21st and October 1st. If you prefer to vote in person on Election Day you still can, however, voters are encouraged to vote by mail if they choose. If you vote by mail, your voted ballot must be received by Election Day in order to be counted. You can sign up to track your mail ballot on your Secretary of State website. Absentee ballots start being counted on Election Day.  Please contact your Secretary of State for more information.

Those who requested an absentee ballot, but decide they want to vote in person may do so. Voters must surrender their absentee ballots before receiving a regular ballot, otherwise they must vote by a provisional ballot. Do not mail a ballot and vote in person. For specifics, you can find your local county clerk contact info here.

 

 

 

Campaign Finance Information

For information on federal campaign contributions, please visit Open Secrets.

For information on state campaign contributions, please visit your state's resource.

Candidate and Ballot Measure Information

Official results are not available on Election Day. Official election results will be uploaded on Vermont’s Secretary of State website as they become available.  

Information on local, state and federal candidates and ballot measures may be available here.

To see a list of available races, visit the race index.

Drop Boxes

For the November 2020 Election, all Vermont cities and most towns have official ballot drop boxes.  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

Early Voting for the Tuesday, November 3, 2020 General Election begins on September 21st and ends on November 2nd.

Early voting is also available with no excuse required. You may vote at your town clerk's office in person any time 45 days before a primary or general election or 20 days before a municipal election.

Election Dates

The next election dates can be found here https://www.vote411.org/vermont.

Contact your local Board of Elections for more information.

Eligibility Requirements

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.

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

You can find your polling place by utilizing your state resource.

If you have further questions on your polling place location, please contact your county clerk.

Provisional Voting

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.

Registration Deadline

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

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Voting Machines

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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