Vermont Absentee Ballot Process
You can request an absentee ballot through phone, fax, email, mail, in person or online (you can also use this online tool to find polling place information). All requests must be submitted by 5pm or the close of the Town Clerk's office on the day before the election.
There are several ways for you to vote absentee by mail.
Vote at Home on Election Day. If you are sick or disabled a ballot can be delivered to your home on election day. You must request an absentee ballot before 5pm on the day before the election. On election day, two justices of the peace will deliver a ballot to you and then will bring the ballot back to the polling place so it can be counted.
Vote by Mail. Any voter can request that the town clerk mail them an early voter absentee ballot. Once voted, you can return the ballot to the clerk in the envelope included with the ballot. The clerk must receive the ballot by the close of the polls on Election Day to be counted. You can request a ballot at any time before an election and clerks will mail absentee ballots within the 45 days before the election.
Hand Delivered Ballots. A voter may pick up a ballot at the town clerk's office at any time beginning 45 days before the general or primary election. You can deliver the voted ballot in a sealed envelope to the clerk on or before election day. The ballot can be returned to the clerk or delivered to the polling place by the voter or any person the voter authorizes to return the ballot for them. However, you can only pick up your own ballot from the clerks office.
ID Needed for Voter Registration
If you are registering for the first time by mail or online, you must include a photocopy of an acceptable form of ID. These include a:
Valid photo ID (driver's license or passport)
Copy of a current utility bill
Copy of a current bank statement
Copy of another government document
You must also include your driver's license number or the last four digits of your Social Security Number on the application in order for it to be approved.
If you are registering for the first time in Vermont you must take the Voter's Oath. The Vermont voter registration form contains the voter's oath that must be taken.
****First-time voters that registered by mail and did not provide verification are required to show identification at the polls.****
A provisional ballot is only used if a person trying to vote at the polling place is not on the checklist and cannot affirm they registered to vote by the deadline.
Provisional ballots are counted 2 days after the election.
Election Day registration is available at the polls. If you would like to register to vote by mail or online, there is no specific deadline. However, it is recommended you submit your application between 2-4 weeks before an election to ensure your application is processed before the election.
Not registered? Use our registration tool to fill out your application!