Vermont Absentee Ballot Guide

Last updated October 10, 2013

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Important Deadlines

  • Voter Registration: Received 5pm on the Wednesday before the election
  • Absentee ballot application: Received by 5:00 p.m. on the day before the election
  • Voted absentee ballot: Received by the close of polls on election day, either in person or by mail

How to vote by absentee ballot

Register to vote

Recommended: Use our Voter Registration Tool.  Enter your information, print and sign the completed form, and mail it to the address printed on the form.   For faster processing, you can send the form to your town or city clerk

You can also download the Vermont Voter Registration Form (a.k.a. "Application for Addition to the Checklist"). Mail or hand-deliver your completed voter registration form to your town or city clerk.

Verify your voter registration

It's best to double check your registration before applying for your absentee ballot. Verify your voter registration today and avoid problems down the line. If there's a problem with your registration, register again before proceeding.

NOTE: Most people receive their voter registration cards in the mail 2-3 weeks after registering to vote. Don't worry if you lost your voter registration card. You don't actually need it to vote.

Apply for your absentee ballot

Good news!  Any registered Vermont voter can vote by absentee ballot. (NOTE: Vermont calls absentee ballots early voter ballots).   A ballot can be requested any time before an election.

Download and complete the Vermont Absentee Ballot Application.  Mail your completed application to your town or city clerk.  

Receive, complete, and return your absentee ballot

Your town or county clerk will starting mailing absentee ballots within 45 days of the election.  The ballot itself is straight forward.  Complete it, sign the return envelope where indicated, and return your voted ballot to your clerk by the close of polls on election day.  You can also return your voted ballot in person to your designated polling place.  

Frequently Asked Questions:

Do I need to provide ID when I apply for my absentee ballot in Vermont?

You do not need to provide ID if you have already voted in Vermont at least once.  If you are a first time Vermont voter, and you did not include a copy of your ID with your voter registration form, then you must include a copy with your absentee ballot application. 

Acceptable identification includes a: a current and valid photo that shows your name ID or a current bank statement, utility bill, or government document that contains your name and Vermont address.

Can I register to vote and request my absentee ballot at the same time in Vermont?

Yes, you can put your voter registration form and your early voter ballot application in the same envelope and return both to your town or city clerk.  If you do this, both forms must be received by the voter registration deadline (5pm on the Wednesday before the election).

Can I vote in person before the election in Vermont?

Yes. Check out our Early Voting page for details.

 

Additional Information 

State Election Website: http://vermont-elections.org/
Email: mhodge@sec.state.vt.us
Local Election Officials: Your Local Election Official is the best person to contact if you have questions.  They'll be able to provide up-to-date information on rules and deadlines. 

 

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