Vermont | Voting Guide


Registration Deadlines and Election Dates

There is no voter registration deadline. You can register to vote in Vermont on any day up to and including Election Day.



  • Presidential Primary Election: March 3

  • Partisan Primary (Other Offices): August 11

  • General Election: November 3

Official Election Websites
Register at School or Home

Students have a choice about where to register to vote.


Students attending college may register at their campus address or choose to remain registered or register at their permanent or home address.


You may only be registered and vote in one location.

What Type of ID Do I Need to Register?
  • Vermont’s voter registration form asks for your VT driver’s license or personal ID (PID) number, or the last four digits of your Social Security number. Be sure to provide one of these numbers if you have it.

  • If you are registering to vote for the first time and mailing the application to your town clerk, you must submit a photocopy of a photo identification, bank statement, utility bill, or government document with your name and address.

  • No photo ID is required if you register through a state agency or a voter registration drive.

What Type of ID Do I Need to Vote?

You do not need to provide an ID to vote in Vermont, unless you are a first-time voter who registered by mail. In that case, you will need to bring an acceptable form of ID:

  • Valid photo ID (such as driver’s license or U.S. Passport)

  • Current utility bill

  • Current bank statement

  • Another government document

Where Do I Vote?

Make a plan. Look up your voting site and hours at:

How Can I Vote?

By Mail

  • Any registered voter may vote an absentee ballot by mail in Vermont without an excuse.

  • Applications for absentee ballots can be made online, by mail, over the phone or in person with your town clerk. Requests for absentee ballots must be made by 5 p.m. on the day before Election Day. If you are requesting a ballot online or by mail, be sure to factor in the time it takes for the ballot to be mailed back to you so you can return the completed ballot on time.

  • Completed absentee ballots must be received by the town clerk by the close of polls on Election Day for the ballot to be counted. You may return the ballot by mail, hand deliver it to the town clerk at their office until, and including, the day before Election Day, or hand deliver it in person to a polling place before 7 p.m. on Election Day.


Early In-Person

  • All registered voters may vote an absentee ballot early in person without an excuse. Early voting in person begins 45 days before a primary or general election and 20 days before a municipal election. You may request an absentee ballot to vote early in person at your town clerk’s office. The last day to request and vote an absentee ballot early in person is the day before Election Day.


Election Day

  • Voting sites will open between 5 a.m. and 10 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. on Election Day. If you are in line by the closing time then you must be allowed to vote.

Common Questions/Concerns

Registering to Vote Does Not Affect Your:

  • Federal Financial Aid

    • Where you register to vote will not affect federal financial aid such as Pell Grants, Perkins or Stafford loans, or your dependency status for FAFSA

  • Status as a Dependent on Your Parents’ Taxes

    • Being registered to vote at a different address from your parents does not prevent them from claiming you as a dependent on their taxes

  • Tuition Status

    • Being deemed out-of-state for tuition purposes does not prevent you from choosing to register to vote in your campus community


Will registering to vote in Vermont affect my driver’s license or car registration?

  • Registering to vote in Vermont does not necessarily change your driver’s license and motor vehicle registration. However, as a full–time student in Vermont, you may have to make these changes regardless of whether you register to vote in Vermont. For more information, you may wish to contact the Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles.

Fair Elections Center and Campus Vote Project intend the information contained herein is used only as a general guide. This document should not be used as a substitute for consultation with a licensed Vermont legal professional.


Last updated June 2019

Campus Vote Project is a project of Fair Elections Center

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