Voting in Vermont

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This page has information relating to voting in Vermont. For full information contact your state election agency.

Registration

Vermont uses an open primary system, meaning voters are not required to declare a party preference when registering to vote.

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.[1]

Online registration

See also: Online voter registration in the 50 states

As of December 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.[2]

Poll times

See also: State Poll Opening and Closing Times

In Vermont, all polls are open from 10am to 7pm. Most polls open earlier.[3]

Absentee voting

Eligibility

All voters are eligible to vote absentee in Vermont. There are no special eligibility requirements for voting absentee.[4]

Deadlines

To vote absentee, an absentee ballot application must be received by the town clerk by 5 p.m. on the day before the election.[5] 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.[6]

Military and overseas voting

For full details, visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program here.

2012 developments

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.[7]

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.[7]

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.[7]

As a result of the lawsuit, voters whose ballots were sent late had their receipt deadline extended by 10 days.[7]

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.[8] 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.

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