Voter registration forms, called "Applications for Addition to the Checklist", must be received by the town clerk by 5 p.m. on the Wednesday before the election.
How to Check if You Are Registered
Contact your town clerk.
How to Register
Register by mail by completing an Application for Addition to the Checklist and submitting the completed application to your county or town clerk.
In order to be eligible for registration, you must:
Identification Required for Registration
The Vermont voter registration application requires either a Vermont driver’s license number or a Vermont DMV-issued personal identification number. If you do not have either, the form requests the last four digits of your Social Security Number.
If you are registering to vote in Vermont for the first time, you must include a photocopy of an acceptable form of identification. Acceptable forms of identification include:
Anyone can request an absentee ballot, either by submitting this form or going to the town clerk's office. The voter or an authorized person, including a candidate, campaign worker, family member or healthcare provider, may request an early absentee ballot in person, by phone, or by mail. A “family member” refers to a spouse, children, brother, sister, parent, spouse’s parents, grandparents, and spouse’s grandparents. Requests may be submitted on a voter’s behalf by people who do not fall into these categories—but these must be submitted either in person or by mail.
If you go to your town clerk's office, you can vote in person until 5:00 pm the day before the election. You do not need to fill out an application for an absentee ballot to vote in person.
You can request an absentee ballot up until 5:00 PM on the day before the election but remember to leave time, if necessary, for the clerk to mail you a ballot.
If you are mailing in your ballot, it must be received by the clerk before the close of the polls on Election Day.
If you are hand delivering your ballot, you can return in to the clerk's office by closing time on Election Day, or you can bring it to your polling place on Election Day and drop it off any time before 7:00 PM. A ballot may be hand delivered by the voter, or by anyone authorized by the voter to hand deliver the ballot.
Rules and Deadlines
A voter may vote at the Town Clerk's office in person any time thirty days before a primary or general election.
If you are sick or disabled, a ballot can be delivered to your home on Election Day. You may request an absentee ballot up until 5 p.m. on the day before the election.
Identification Requirements to Register to Vote
You will need to include your driver's license number or the last four digits of your social security number on your application.
If you are registering for the first time and mailing in your application you must include a copy of:
Identification Requirements to Cast a Ballot
No identification is required to vote unless you registered by mail and have never voted before. Then you will need your driver's license or a utility bill, government check, or other government document with your name and address on it.
Vermont does not have a requirement for the amount of time you must live somewhere before you are eligible to register. You can register at your new address as soon as you move.
Contact the town clerk for your old address about getting an absentee ballot, if needed.
For information on Overseas and Military Voter Services in Vermont, you can visit this website.
Military and overseas citizens can use the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA), also known as Standard Form 76, to register to vote and to request an absentee ballot. Visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program's (FVAP) Vermont-specific FPCA page.
Military and overseas citizens can send and receive voting materials by fax and email. If you wish to use the fax or email options, you must indicate this on your FPCA. Instructions for doing so are found on the FVAP's Vermont-specific FPCA page.
Military and overseas citizens can use the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB) if they are concerned with receiving their printed ballot and returning it by the 7:00 p.m., Election Day deadline. The FWAB is a blank ballot on which a voter writes-in his or her choices. The FWAB may also be used to register to vote and to apply for the absentee ballot, all in one step. If the FWAB is being used to register to vote, it must be received by the voter registration deadline. For specific instructions visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program's Vermont-specific FWAB page.
You have the right to vote in the election even if you are incarcerated, on parole, or on probation.
For more information, visit the Vermont Secretary of State website, or click here to read the Vermont State Election Code.
For more information for voters with mental disabilities, visit The Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law and National Disability Rights Network’s document: “Voting Rights Guide for People with Mental Disabilities
Information provided by Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights
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