If you have additional questions that are not addressed on this page, please contact us by email at Military and Overseas Voter Contact.
Currently registered voters: If you are
registered to vote in Vermont in your town of residence you may contact your Town and City Clerk to request an absentee ballot, contact information can be found in our,
Guide to Vermont's Town Clerks, Treasurers & County Clerks (PDF format).
You may request an early or absentee ballot by telephone,
fax, e-mail, or in writing. However, under Vermont law ballot(s) must be
physically received by the town clerk sealed inside the
Absentee Certificate envelope (with the voter’s original signature). You can request that the unvoted ballot and certificate for the return envelope be sent to you by email or fax in addition to a request to have it sent by mail. If you have the ballot and certificate sent by email or fax, the clerk will include instructions for you. Click on the following link to print a Vermont absentee ballot request: http://vermont-elections.org/elections1/absentee_apply.html.
Absentee ballots for the March 6, 2012, Presidential Primary will be available not later than January 20, 2012. Absentee ballots for the August 28, 2012, statewide primary will be available not later than July 14, 2012. Absentee ballots for the November 6, 2012, general election will be available not later than September 23, 2012. 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 requesting an early or absentee ballot at
least 45 days prior to the election.
A single request may be made for absentee ballots for the
Primary and General Elections, as long as the “mail to” address is the same for
both elections. Please note that a request must be made every election year.
The Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) from the Federal
Voting Assistance Program will be considered a request for ballots for both the
Primary and General Elections.
VOTE IN VERMONT
While the Elections Division will forward applications (and
early or absentee ballot requests) to the appropriate town clerk(s) for action,
we recommend sending applications directly to your town clerk. Guide to Vermont's Town Clerks, Treasurers & County Clerks (PDF format)
The DEADLINE for registering to vote is 5:00 p.m. on the Wednesday preceding the election. If that date falls on a legal holiday,
then the deadline is extended to 5:00 p.m. on the Thursday preceding the
election. 17 V.S.A. § 2144 For the 2012 election, the deadlines are:
- February 29 for the Presidential Primary Election & Town Meeting held on March 6, 2012
- August 22 for the Statewide Primary Election held on August 28, 2012
- October 31 for the General Election held on November 6, 2012
Registering to vote for the first time in Vermont:
If you are registering for the first time in Vermont using the Federal
Voting Assistance Program’s 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
VT Voter Application (PDF format)
If you have previouosly 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 make 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.
For more voting information for military and/or overseas
voters, please visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program website at http://www.fvap.gov .
First time registering BY MAIL:
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:
a valid photo ID (driver’s license or passport),
a copy of a current utility bill,
a copy of a current bank statement or
a copy of another government document.
Your 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.
How long can I remain on the checklist in Vermont?
A voter who has moved from a Vermont town directly to a location
that is outside of the United States or who entered the military service
directly from living in a Vermont town is entitled to stay on or be added to
the voter checklist in the last place of residence in Vermont. If a person
moves from Vermont to another residence in another state before moving overseas
or joining the military, that person must register to vote in the last place of
Can the spouse or dependent child of a person serving in the armed forces register to vote in Vermont? If the member of the armed forces resided in Vermont immediately before joining the military, then that person's spouse and/or dependents can also register or remain registered in Vermont. 17 V.S.A. §2103(20)
Are individuals removed from the checklist after a set
period of time? Per the purging process set up by federal law, voters who
do not vote in two elections (held every two years) AND do not respond to a
notice sent by the local board of civil authority via first class mail may be
removed from the checklist. However, 17 V.S.A § 2147 provides that a voter
removed from the checklist in error can be added back to the checklist. Once a
voter has registered in Vermont, there is no need to re-take the Voter’s Oath,
but the registrant will need to indicate where he or she was registered in Vermont
Is there a specific provision in VT law that allows US
citizens who never lived in the US to vote in VT if one of their US
parents last resided in the state? NO, nor is there any provision that
specifically prohibits this.
Can I vote using the Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot (FWAB)
in Vermont? Federal law states that the FWAB can be used
ONLY if the voter has applied for an absentee ballot 30 days before the general
election and has not received the absentee ballot. In addition, members of the
military must be absent from their voting residence. All other voters must be
residing outside the United States.
If I live in Vermont, but my son or
daughter resides overseas, can they register to vote in Vermont?
If a person turns eighteen while residing outside the United States or if a
person turns eighteen before leaving the United States BUT never registered to
vote, then the person can register to vote in Vermont.