Registration

Register to Vote: Your Vote is Your Voice! 

Vermont Voter Application

The deadline for registering to vote is 5 p.m. on the Wednesday preceding the election. If that date falls on a legal holiday, then the deadline is extended to 5 p.m. on the Thursday preceding the election. 17 V.S.A. § 2144. 

The Elections Division will forward applications (and early or absentee ballot requests) to the appropriate town or city clerk for action, but we recommend submitting applications directly to your town or city clerk.

For contact information for your town clerk, view our Guide to Vermont’s Town Clerks, Treasurers & County Clerks

First Time Registering by Mail

If you are registering to vote in Vermont for the first time by mail, you must include a photocopy of an acceptable form of ID. Acceptable forms of ID are:

  • Valid photo ID (driver’s license or passport)
  • Current utility bill
  • Current bank statement
  • Another government document

Vermont Voter Application

The Voter’s Oath

If you have previously voted in Vermont, you do not need to take the voter’s oath again. If not, the oath can be administered by a commissioned military officer or by any other person qualified to administer oaths, any person over the age of 18, or by yourself. You may also take the voter’s oath as an affirmation. The person who administered the oath, or you, if you are attesting for yourself that you have taken the oath, must date and sign the attestation in the box on the Vermont application. You must take the oath before voting by early or absentee ballot.

If you are registering for the first time in Vermont using the Federal Voting Assistance Program’s (FVAP) Federal Postcard Application or another form not specific to Vermont, you must take the voter’s oath. The Vermont voter registration form and the FVAP instructions contain the voter’s oath that must be taken.

Military and Overseas Voter Registration

To register to vote and request an absentee ballot using our Military and Overseas Voter Portal, please visit the Portal:

Overseas & Military Voter Services

For more voting information for military and/or overseas voters, please visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program

Registration

If you are a military or overseas voter, your voter registration application must include the town and the legal address, or a locational description of the last place you resided in Vermont immediately before joining the military or moving overseas. If you did not reside in Vermont immediately before joining the military or moving overseas, you cannot register to vote in Vermont. You must register to vote in the state and county or town in which you resided immediately before joining the military or moving overseas.

Remember, if you are registering to vote for the first time in Vermont by mail, you must include a photocopy of an acceptable form of ID. Acceptable forms of ID are:

  • Valid photo ID (driver’s license or passport)
  • Current utility bill
  • Current bank statement
  • Another government document

Vermont Voter Application

 

Absentee Ballot Requests

If you are already registered to vote in Vermont, or at the same time you submit your registration, you may contact your town or city clerk to request an absentee ballot. Contact information can be found in our Guide to Vermont’s Town Clerks, Treasurers & County Clerks.

Vermont Absentee Ballot Request

Military or overseas voters may request an absentee ballot by telephone, fax, email, or by mail. You may also request that the unvoted ballot and certificate for the return envelope be sent to you by email, fax, or mail. If you have the ballot and certificate sent by email or fax, the clerk will include instructions for you. However, under Vermont law, voted ballots must be returned to the town clerk sealed inside the absentee certificate envelope (with the voter’s original signature). Voted ballots may not be returned by fax or email. 

Absentee Ballots

Absentee ballots for the August 26, 2014, statewide primary will be available not later than July 12, 2012. Absentee ballots for the November 4, 2014, general election will be available not later than September 20, 2014. Ballots for local elections—town meeting elections by Australian ballot—are available 20 days prior to the election. You can, however, request ballots at any point during the year leading up to the election. We strongly recommend that military or overseas voters request an early or absentee ballot at least 45 days prior to the election.

A single request may be made for absentee ballots for town meeting, and the primary and general elections, as long as the “mail to” address is the same for all three elections. Please note that a request must be made every election year.

The Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) from the Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) will be considered a request for ballots for both the primary and general elections.

If you have additional questions about military and overseas voting that are not addressed here, please contact us by email.

Conducting A Voter Registration Drive  

Step 1: Be Prepared!

To organize your voter registration drive:

  • Set up a time and place for the drive: voter registration drives work well at large public events with lots of people such as music and art festivals, parades, community events, etc. Arrange to have a table and a video player available (if an electrical outlet is close by) for the drive. If you are a high school student, speak to your student activities or principal’s office for permission to set up the drive. Speak to the social studies department to see whether you could visit classes.
  • Make sure you have all other necessary supplies: pens, clipboards, and volunteers.  Don’t be shy—have some volunteers standing with clipboards and registration forms in-hand, ready to ask passers-by if they are registered to vote.
  • Assist voters in filling out the voter application to the checklist: the voter registration deadline is 5 p.m. on the Wednesday preceding the day of the election. The voter must include his or her Vermont driver’s license number. If a person does not have a Vermont driver’s license number, he or she must include the last four digits of their Social Security number.

Step 2: Get the Word Out!

There are many ways to get the word out. You can download and print our voter registration posters or design your own. Many local radio stations will run free public service announcements, and you can ask governmental, civic, and religious organizations to announce the drive in their bulletins and at their meetings. Also, be sure to set up in a prominent location. If you are a student, ask teachers to make an announcement to their classes and set up in a prominent location in your school!

Step 3: Have Fun!

You are helping the citizens of Vermont fulfill one of their most important civic responsibilities—feel good about what you are doing!

Step 4: After the Drive

Return completed registration forms to the town clerk where the applicant lives. This must occur before the filing deadline for the next election. View contact information for all town clerks (Excel). 

Vermont Voter Application

This page was last updated: 2014-04-29