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Vermont Voting Quick Facts

Who Can Register to vote in Vermont

Registering to vote for the first time in Vermont: If you are registering for the first time in Vermont using the Federal Voting Assistance Program's Federal Postcard Application or another form not specific to Vermont, you must take the Voter's Oath. The Vermont voter registration form and the FVAP instructions contain the voter's oath that must be taken.

To be eligible to register to vote in Vermont a person must:

  • be a citizen of the United States;
  • a resident of Vermont and a resident of the town in which you apply to be added to the checklist;
  • take, or have previously taken, the Voter's Oath
  • be 18 years on or before the date of a general election may register and vote in the primary election immediately preceding that general election

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How Do I Register To Vote in Vermont

Voting At The Polls On Election Day


Am I required to show identification when I vote?

  • No. 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 driver’s license, or as part of a voter registration drive, you will not be required to show ID.

What happens if I show up to vote and my name is not on the checklist even though I registered before the deadline?

  • If for any reason your name is not on the voter registration list when you arrive at the polls, you will be asked to sign a sworn statement indicating that you reside in the town and filed an application to register prior to the deadline (5 p.m. on the Wednesday preceding the date of the election). Your name will be added to the checklist and you will be allowed to vote.
  • If you did not submit an application to register before the deadline, you may not vote.

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Who Can Vote in Primary Elections in Vermont

Both Democrats and Republicans hold Open Primaries

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Who Can Vote Absentee in Vermont

Vermont's Early or Absentee Voting Process.

In Vermont we make it easy to vote. If you prefer to vote early or by mail you can! Voting starts as soon as ballots are available—not later than 45 days before the primary or general election and 20 days prior to a municipal election that uses the Australian ballot.

Voting by Early or Absentee Ballot

  • Vote Early in PersonA voter may vote at the town clerk’s office in person any time after the ballots are available, which can be no later than 45 days before a primary or general election or 20 days before a municipal election using an Australian ballot.
  • Vote by MailAny voter can request that the town clerk mail them an early voter absentee ballot. This ballot will arrive with a return envelope so that the ballot, once voted, can be returned to the clerk and safely stored to be counted on Election Day. The clerk must receive the ballot by the close of polls on Election Day in order for it to be counted. A ballot can be requested any time before an election. Clerks will mail absentee ballots as soon as they are available, but no later than 45 days prior to the election (or 20 days prior to a local election).
  • Hand Delivered Ballots A voter may pick up a ballot at the town clerk’s office at any time after the ballots are available. A voted absentee ballot can be hand delivered in a sealed envelope to the clerk on, or prior to, 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 him or her. A person can only pick up his or her own ballot from the clerk’s office.
  • Vote at Home on Election Day. If you are sick or have a disability, a ballot can be delivered to your home on Election Day. You may request an absentee ballot up until 5 p.m. on the day before the election. Two justices of the peace (of different parties when possible) will deliver a ballot to you, and then will bring the ballot back to the polling place so that it can be placed in the ballot box and counted (on Election Day or the 8 days preceding the election).

All early voter absentee ballots must be returned to the town clerk’s office before the close of the office on the day before the election, or to the polling place before 7 p.m. on the day of the election, in order to be counted.

Learn more about Absentee Voting

What If My Address Has Changed

I am from out of state and I go to college in Vermont. Can I vote in Vermont?

  • Yes, any U.S. citizen who is 18 years old and who lives in Vermont can vote in Vermont as long as the voter considers Vermont to be his or her primary residence.

I just moved to Vermont. Do I have to live here for a while before I can vote here?

  • No. As soon as you move to Vermont you can vote here—as long as Vermont is your primary residence and you register by 5 p.m. on the Wednesday preceding the date of the election.
  • You must reside in the town or city where you register to vote. See “Who is a resident?” for more information on residency rules for voting purposes.

What do I do if I move within the town or change my name?

  • If your name or address should change please notify your town or city clerk immediately, as it is your responsibility to keep your name and address current.

Learn more about Movers/college students Voting

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When Is The Next Election?

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Poll Hours: 5:00 AM-7:00 PM

Polls open between 5 a.m. and 10 a.m., depending up the town. All polling places close at 7 p.m. If at the hour of closing there are any qualified voters at the polling place desiring to vote, who have been unable to do so since appearing there, the polls shall be kept open long enough after the hour of closing to allow those present a reasonable opportunity to vote.

How can I find my polling location?

If you do not know where your polling place is, you can use to find your ballot information, polling location, early voting, ID requirements and more. All polls in Vermont open between 5 and 10 a.m. and close at 7 p.m.

Can I Register At The Polls On Election Day?


Vermont's same-day registration won't be implemnted until 2017

Can I Take Time Off For Voting?

No specific law requiring time off to vote.

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