Making Democracy Work

A Guide to Voting in Vermont

To Vote In Vermont

You must:
  • Be a citizen of the United States.
  • Be a Vermont resident.
  • Be at least 18 years of age.
  • Take the Voter's Oath.
  • When you register for the first time, you will be asked for your Vermont DMV-issued Driver's License, Vermont Non-driver ID, or the last four digits of your Social Security Number. Your name and address will appear on the Voter Checklist of the Town where you live. You will automatically be registered to vote when you apply for or renew your driver's license or state ID, with the right to opt out.

Registering to Vote

Complete a Voter Registration Form (Application for Addition to the Checklist) at your Town Clerk's office or online at https://www.olvr.sec.state.vt.us

You can check your rights as a voter in Vermont at: https://www.sec.state.vt.us/media/57063/2008VTVoterBillofRights.pdf

You will need to reregister to vote if you move to a new town or change your address and name. Inform town officials and they will make changes on My Voter Page, https://www.olvr.sec.state.vt.us.

There is no party registration for local or state election primaries. However, to vote in the Presidential Primary, you must declare a party affiliation and will receive only that party's ballot. You may change this party affiliation at subsequent elections.

Voter Identification

You do not need to show identification to vote. However, if you registered for the first-time voter by mail or online you must present identification at the polls.

Voting by Absentee Ballot

You may request by absentee ballot as early as 45 days in advance of statewide elections. This can be done by telephone, fax, email, mail, or in person. Your request must be submitted by the close of your Town Clerk's office on the day before the election.

To be counted, your ballot must be returned to the Town Clerk by close of office or delivered to the polling place by 7:00 p.m. on Election Day.

Requests for absentee ballots must be made every election year.

The Answer is Yes!

You can still register to vote if you are:
  • Serving in the military, at college, in a nursing home or health care facility, in prison or released, homeless, or living abroad. Use the address of the last town in which you resided.
  • From out of state attending college in Vermont. You can vote in Vermont as long as you consider it to be your primary residence.
  • Living out of state temporarily.
  • Celebrating your 18th birthday on or before the upcoming election. Vote in both, the primary and general elections.

Voter Checklist

  • Review the posted Voter Checklist with your Town Clerk to make sure you are registered or check your status at https://www.sec.state.vt.us. If you do not find your name on the Voter Checklist, contact your Town Clerk.
  • If you do not wish to have your name on the checklist because of domestic violence, sexual abuse, or stalking, apply for participation in Vermont's Safe at Home program and you will receive use of a substitute Montpelier post office box address.

Registration Deadline

Vermont offers same-day registration. You may register to vote on any day including Election Day.

Vermont's My Voter Page

This online resource through the Secretary of State's office is available to voters once their registration is processed by the Town Clerk. The website allows you to create your own account and check and update your voter status, request and track absentee ballots, find your polling place, view a sample ballot, and more. https://www.mvp.sec.state.vt.us.

Polls

Polls in Vermont are open between 5 and 10 a.m. and close at 7 p.m.

Yearly Elections

Vermont Primary Election Day Second Tuesday in August of even-numbered years.

General Election First Tuesday after the first Monday in November of even-numbered years.

Municipal and School District Elections Held annually on the first Tuesday in March unless otherwise provided in the charter or voted for another date by the town.

Special Town or School District Elections As needed. Look for public notices in local newspapers or postings.

Challenging an Election

A registered voter can challenge the results of an election by Australian ballot that they believe is not valid by filing a complaint with the Superior Court within 15 days of the election.

You Can Vote In the Following:

National
Four-year term: President and Vice President
Six-year term: Two Senators
Two-year term: One Representative

State
Two-year term: Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of State, Treasurer, Auditor of Accounts, Attorney General

Legislative District
Two-year term: State Senator and Representative (one or more depending on population)

County
Four-year term: Assistant Judges, Judge of Probate, States Attorney, Sheriff

Town
Two-year term: Justices of the Peace (number dependent on population)

Terms from one to three years: Selectboard, Moderator, Clerk, Treasurer, Constable, Town Agent, Grand Juror, Auditor, Listers.

Other Municipal Units
Terms vary according to charter.
Check Annual Report for positions to be filled.

School District
Terms vary from one to three years.
School Board Members, Clerk, Treasurer Moderator.

Our Voter Guide is also available as a paper Pamphlet

This Voter guide is also published as a pamphlet by the The League of Women Voters of Vermont Education Fund, Inc.

Additional copies available free of charge. Send your request to: League of Women Voters of Vermont
P.O. Box 1391 Montpelier, VT 05601-1391