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VOTER REGISTRATION

Registration Deadline: In order to be eligible to vote in a particular election, your application for addition to the checklist must be received by 5:00pm the Wednesday before the day of the election.

Party Affiliation: No party affiliation required to vote in party primaries


VOTER REGISTRATION QUALIFICATIONS
Age: Must be 18 years or older on or before election day

Citizenship: Must be a United States citizen

Residency: Must be a resident of Vermont and a resident of the town in which you apply to be added to the checklist

Mental Competency: Patient has the right to vote on their own initiative, unless they have been adjudicated incompetent and have not been restored to legal capacity, or unless facility determines restriction needed for patient’s welfare

Felony Convictions: No disenfranchisement; felons can vote while serving their prison sentence

ID Requirements: On any registration form you must include your Vermont driver's license number on the form. If you do not have a Vermont driver's license number or if your license is suspended, include the last four digits of your social security number. If you do not have a VT PID#, or SSN, please contact the Office of the Secretary of State, Elections Division, (800) 439-8683. If you are registering to vote for the first time in Vermont by mail, you must include a photocopy of an acceptable form of ID. Acceptable forms of ID are:
   -A valid photo ID(driver's license or passport);
   -A copy of a current utility bill;
   -A copy of a current bank statement; or
   -A copy of another government document.

Other Voter Registration Qualifications: Must take, or have previously taken, the Voter's Oath (formerly called the "Freeman's Oath")


OBTAINING A VOTER REGISTRATION FORM

Online: Downloadable Voter Registration Application

In person: Obtain and complete an application in person at your local town clerk.

By mail/ in writing: Send your completed voter application to your town clerk.


VERIFYING YOUR VOTER REGISTRATION STATUS

Online: To verify your voter registration status, please contact your local town clerk's office.

Phone: You can also locate your local town clerk by calling 1-800-439-VOTE.


ABSENTEE BALLOT QUALIFICATIONS

Who can vote absentee: Any registered Vermont voter can vote by absentee ballot


OBTAINING AN ABSENTEE BALLOT

Online: Vermont Absentee Ballot Application

In person: A voter may pick up a ballot at the town clerk’s office at any time beginning forty-five days prior to the general or primary election. A voted early voter absentee ballot, in a sealed envelope, can be hand delivered to the clerk on Election Day or prior to Election Day. Requests for an early voter absentee ballot can be made at any time until 5:00 p.m., or at the closing of the town clerk's office on the day before the election.

By mail: Any voter can request that the town clerk mail them an early voter absentee ballot. Any voter may also send a completed absentee ballot request form online to the local town clerk.

Military and overseas voting: Military and Overseas absentee voter information and registration

Emergency Voting: If you are sick or disabled a ballot can be delivered to your home on Election Day. You may request an absentee ballot up until 5:00 p.m., on the day before the election. Two justices of the peace (of different parties) 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).

Other absentee ballot information: All early voter absentee ballot requests must be submitted by 5:00 p.m., or the close of the Town Clerk's office on the day before the election. A request for an early voter absentee ballot is good for only one year.


SUBMITTING AN ABSENTEE BALLOT

Location and time: Early or absentee voter ballots must be returned to the clerk's office before the close of business on the day before the election (be sure to check your town clerk's hours) or to the polling place by 7:00 p.m. on Election Day. The ballots may be returned by mail or in person, unless the ballots were delivered by justices of the peace who would then return them to the town clerk.
  The town clerk must record receipt of the voted ballot(s) on the list of early or absentee voters.

Other absentee ballot submission information: The voter must sign the certificate on the outside of the envelope in order for the ballot to be valid.


EARLY VOTING

Early voting qualifications: Any registered voter may vote in person absentee before an election.

Other information for early voting: A voter may vote at the town clerk's office in person any time forty-five days before a primary or general election or 20 days before a municipal election.


QUALIFICATIONS

Verifying Registration: To verify your voter registration status, please contact your local town clerk's office.

Deciding how to vote: http://www.votesmart.org/

Time off to vote: Time off to vote is subject to the employer. Vermont state law does not require employers to grant time off to vote for employees.

Polling Place: Vermont Polling Place Directory

ID Requirements: In Vermont only first time voters who have registered by mail must provide 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. 

How to Vote: Vermont Sample Ballots
   -Optical scan
   -Paper ballots
   -Vote by phone 

Getting your vote counted: Know your Voting Rights

Problems with voting: Complaint Procedures

Verifying provisional ballot status: Within two days after the close of the polls, the town clerk shall inform each provisional voter of his or her action on a provisional voter's attestation. If the clerk rejects a provisional voter, the clerk shall also notify the provisional voter immediately of his or her reasons by first class mail directed to the address given in the application.

Verifying absentee ballot status: To verify your absentee ballot status, please contact your local town clerk's office.

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