Voting in Vermont
Voting in 2014 Primaries
Ballot access for major and minor party candidates
Absentee voting • Early voting
Open Primary • Closed Primary • Blanket Primary
Online voter registration in the 50 states
When and where
The deadline for voter registration is 5:00 p.m. on the Wednesday preceding the election. You can register to vote by mail or in person.
As of August 2014, Vermont is one of the 35 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
- 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, visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program here.
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.
- 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 Website, "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, "Vermont's Early or Absentee Voting Process," accessed December 16, 2013
- Vermont Secretary of State, "How to Apply," accessed December 16, 2013
- Vermont Secretary of State, "Voting by Early or Absentee Ballot," accessed December 16, 2013
- Bloomberg, "U.S. Enters Accord With Vermont on Absentee Voter Ballots," October 19, 2012
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