Everything you need to know to vote in Vermont!
How to Apply
The voter, or an authorized person,
including a candidate or campaign workers, a family member or a health care
provider acting on the voter’s behalf, may apply for an early voter absentee
ballot for a voter. Requests submitted on a voter’s behalf by an unrelated
authorized person (except health care workers) must be made in writing or in
person. All other requests can be made by telephone, in person, or in writing.
"Family member" here means a
person's spouse, children, brothers, sisters, parents, spouse's parents,
grandparents, and spouse's grandparents.
Requests for an early voter
absentee ballot can be made at any time until 5:00 p.m. or the closing of the town clerk's
office on the day before the
election. The request can be made at the same time the person registers to
vote, so long as the voter registration application and absentee ballot request are submitted
by 5:00 p.m. on the Wednesday before the election.
Deadline for Request
All early voter absentee ballot
requests must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. or the close of the Town Clerk's office
on the day before the election. A request for an early voter absentee ballot is
good for only one year.
Download a Request Form
Responding To Early Voter Absentee Ballot Requests
The town clerk must mail a complete set of early voter absentee
ballots to voters who have requested ballots. The ballots must be mailed
“forthwith” (as soon as possible) after an application for a ballot has been
filed with the clerk, and the clerk has received the ballots from the printer.
Early voter absentee ballots that are sent to voters who are
outside of the country must be sent airmail, first class, postpaid, when such
service is available.
When a voter goes to the town
clerk’s office to vote early the voter is given the absentee ballots and
envelopes and is provided a private place to mark the ballots. The voter must
then seal the ballots in the envelope, sign the certificate, and return the
ballots in the sealed envelope to the town clerk or an assistant town clerk. A
voter may also take the ballots and return them to the town clerk, before the end of Election Day.
No person, except justices of the
peace, may take any ballot from the town clerk on behalf of any other person.
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