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When and where
The deadline for voter registration is 5:00 pm on the Wednesday preceding the election. You can register to vote by mail or in person.
As of December 2013, Vermont is one of the 37 states that have not implemented online voter registration.
Voting on election day
Only first time voters who registered by mail are required to show identification in order to vote.
- See also: State Poll Opening and Closing Times
The U.S. Justice Department has 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 will have their receipt deadline extended by 10 days.
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 election office at least 1 day prior to the election. A returned absentee ballot must then be received by the elections office by close of polls on election day.
Military and overseas voting
For full details, visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program here.
Vermont is one of 33 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.