Elections Calendar of Events

January
2

Clerks- Last day to warn the first public hearing if charter adoption, amendment or repeal is to be voted at Town Meeting

12:00 AM to 12:00 AM

Last day to warn the first public hearing if charter adoption, amendment or repeal is to be voted at town meeting (60 days before town meeting). 17 V.S.A. §§ 2641(a), 2645(a)(3) and (6)  

January
20

Voters - Last day to submit a petition to have an article voted on at Town Meeting

12:00 AM to 12:00 AM

Last day for voters to file a petition with the town clerk to have an article appear on the ballot.  17 V.S.A. §2642(a)(3)(A) (45 days prior to town meeting).  Petition must contain signatures from at least 5% of registered voters in the municipality.  As the 45 days falls on a Saturday, with a Monday holiday, “then the deadline shall be extended to 5:00 p.m. on the next day which is not a Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday.”  17 V.S.A. §2103(13)    

January
22

BCA - last day, if necessary, to divide the checklist

12:00 AM to 12:00 AM

Last day for board of civil authority to, if necessary, divide the checklist according to geographic boundaries.  17 V.S.A. § 2501(a).  The BCA is required to divide the checklist “[i] If the questions and candidates to be voted upon are not identical for all voters in the town, so that different ballots will be used depending on where a voter lives”. 17 V.S.A. § 2501(a).    

January
22

Clerks - earliest date to post Warning for Town Meeting

12:00 AM to 12:00 AM

First day a clerk may post warnings for town meeting (40 days before the meeting). 17 V.S.A. §2641(a)    

January
22

Clerks - Last day for proposed Charter amendments to be filed in Town Office to be voted on Town Meeting Day.

12:00 AM to 12:00 AM

Official copy of proposed charter amendments must be filed in town clerk’s office by this date if vote is to be taken on town meeting day (10 days before first public hearing).  17 V.S.A. § 2645(a)(2)    

January
26

Local Candidates- In Australian ballot towns, nominating petitions and consent of candidate forms for town offices must be filed with the municipal clerk no later than 5:00 p.m.

12:00 AM to 12:00 AM

In Australian ballot towns, nominating petitions and consent of candidate forms for town offices must be filed with the municipal clerk no later than 5:00 p.m. (sixth Monday before the election).  A nominating petition must be signed by 30 voters or one percent of the legal voters, whichever is less.  17 V.S.A. § 2681(a)(1)(2).  Nominating petitions must contain the candidates name as it appears on the voter checklist.  The consent of candidate may contain any nickname a candidate wishes to appear on the ballot. 17 V.S.A. § 2681(a)(3)  

January
27

Clerks- Must return any defective candidate petitions

12:00 AM to 12:00 AM

In Australian ballot towns, town clerks receiving petitions for candidates running for municipal office must return any defective petitions to the candidate (within 24 hours of receipt).  17 V.S.A. § 2681(e)  

January
28

Local Candidates- Last day to file supplementary petitions

12:00 AM to 12:00 AM

In Australian ballot towns, supplementary petitions for municipal candidates whose original petitions were defective must be filed no later than 5:00 p.m. (Wednesday after the filing deadline).  17 V.S.A. § 2681(e)  

January
28

Local Candidates- Last day to withdraw

12:00 AM to 12:00 AM

Candidates- In Australian ballot towns, a candidate may withdraw by notifying the municipal clerk in writing no later than 5:00 p.m. (Wednesday after the filing deadline). 17 V.S.A. § 2681(d)    

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