Voting in Vermont
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- 1 Registration
- 2 Voting on Election Day
- 3 Absentee voting
- 4 Early voting
- 5 Election policy ballot measures
- 6 Recent news
- 7 See also
- 8 External links
- 9 References
For full information about voting in Vermont, contact the state election agency.
A voter is eligible to register to vote in Vermont if he or she:
—Vermont Secretary of State
When and where
The deadline for voter registration is 5 p.m. on the Wednesday preceding the election. You can register to vote by mail or in person.
As of May 2015, Vermont is one of 30 states that have not implemented full online voter registration.
Voting on Election Day
- See also: Voter identification laws by state
Only first-time voters who registered by mail are required to present identification.
- See also: State Poll Opening and Closing Times
- See also: Absentee voting
All voters are eligible to vote absentee in Vermont. There are no special eligibility requirements for voting absentee.
To vote absentee, an absentee ballot application must be received by the town clerk by 5 p.m. on the day before the election. A completed absentee ballot must be returned to the town clerk before the close of business on the day before the election or to the polling place before 7 p.m. on the day of the election.
Military and overseas voting
For full details regarding military and overseas voting, visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program.
The U.S. Justice Department settled a lawsuit with Vermont over the state's delayed mailing of some absentee ballots, which was filed by the federal government. The U.S. Uniformed and Overseas Absentee Voting Act requires that those absentee ballots which are requested by voters be mailed out at least 45 days before an election. Due to a dispute over the Progressive Party's gubernatorial primary results, the completion of the general election ballot was delayed until September 30. This caused at least 191 of the 894 absentee ballots to be mailed late. As a result of the lawsuit, voters whose ballots were sent late had their receipt deadline extended by 10 days.
- See also: Early voting
Vermont is one of 34 states that has early voting with no specific requirements as to who can vote early. Early voting begins 45 days before an election and ends on the day prior to Election Day. The average number of days prior to an election that voters can cast an early ballot is 21 days in states with a definitive starting date.
Election policy ballot measures
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Ballotpedia has tracked the following ballot measures relating to election and campaign policy in Vermont.
- Vermont Direct Primary Act (1916)
- Vermont End the Residency Requirement to Vote Amendment (1974)
- Vermont Manner of Electing the Vermont Secretary of State (1884)
- Vermont Plurality Vote for Governor Amendment (2016)
- Vermont Primary Elections Act (1914)
- Vermont Voting Age Amendment, Proposal 5 (2010)
This section displays the most recent stories in a Google news search for the terms "Vermont voting."
- Some of the stories below may not be relevant to this page due to the nature of Google's news search engine.
Elections in Vermont
- Vermont elections, 2016
- Vermont elections, 2015
- Vermont elections, 2014
- Vermont elections, 2013
- Vermont elections, 2012
- Vermont Secretary of State, "Voter Registration," accessed January 26, 2015
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- Vermont Secretary of State, "Registration," accessed June 10, 2014
- Vermont Secretary of State, "Voting Information," accessed June 10, 2014
- Vermont Statutes, "Title 17, Chapter 51, Section 2561," accessed January 3, 2014
- National Conference of State Legislatures, "State Primary Election Types," accessed January 6, 2014
- Fair Vote, "Congressional and Presidential Primaries: Open, Closed, Semi-Closed, and 'Top Two,'" accessed January 6, 2014
- Ballotpedia research conducted December 26, 2013, through January 3, 2014, researching and analyzing various state websites and codes.
- Vermont Secretary of State, "Absentee Voting," accessed January 26, 2015
- Bloomberg, "U.S. Enters Accord With Vermont on Absentee Voter Ballots," October 19, 2012
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