Vermont | Voting Guide

 
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Registration Deadlines and Election Dates

There is no voter registration deadline. You can register to vote anytime in Vermont, including Election Day. However, the Secretary of State's office recommends that voters who use the online form register by the Friday before Election Day, to ensure that their names will appear on the voter rolls on Election Day.

 
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Official Election Websites
 
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Register at School or Home

Students have a decision about where to register to vote.


You have a right to register to vote at the address you consider the place where you live, whether that is your family's home or the place where you attend school. You should update your registration anytime this home address changes.


You may only be registered and vote in one location.

 
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What Type of ID Do I Need to Register?

Vermont’s voter registration forms ask for your Vermont driver’s license, driver´s permit, 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 online or by mail, you must submit one of the following forms of ID:

  • A photocopy of a photo identification (driver’s license or U.S. passport)

  • Current bank statement

  • Current utility bill

  • Another government-issued document with your name and address


 
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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 or online. 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-issued document

 
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Where Do I Vote?

Make a plan. Check your voter registration and absentee ballot status, look up your voting site and hours at: https://mvp.vermont.gov/

 
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How Can I Vote?

By Mail


For all general elections, all Vermont voters are mailed a ballot. You do not need to request a ballot to vote by mail, unless you will be away from the address associated with you voter registration during the election period. To request a mail ballot, visit: https://sos.vermont.gov/elections/voters/voter-faqs/absentee-voting-faqs/#q1


For all other elections, your town or city may mail ballots to every active voter. Please contact your local elections officials for additional details.


Otherwise, any registered voter may vote an absentee ballot by mail in Vermont without an excuse. Absentee ballot requests may be made by telephone, fax, email, or in person. To apply onlne or to download a paper application, visit: https://sos.vermont.gov/elections/voters/voter-faqs/absentee-voting-faqs/#q1


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 to you, so that you can return the completed ballot on time.


Voters with disabilities may also access and mark their ballot on their computers. For more information, visit: https://sos.vermont.gov/elections/voters/accessible-voting/


Early In-person


All registered voters may vote an absentee ballot early in person at their town clerk’s office without an excuse. Early voting in person begins 45 days before a primary or general election and 20 days before a municipal election.


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 have a right to vote.

 
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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?

As 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 July 2021