First-time voters using the online registration system must include a photocopy of an acceptable form of ID, which can be a valid photo ID (driver's license or passport), current utility bill, current bank statement, or another government document containing your residential address
Online voter registration system: https://www.olvr.sec.state.vt.us/
Printable form: https://www.sec.state.vt.us/media/33935/2017-voter-app.pdf
ID requirements are similar to online registration
Submit a voter registration form to your town or city clerk
Voter registration form: https://www.sec.state.vt.us/media/33935/2017-voter-app.pdf
Guide to Vermont's Town Clerks, Treasurers & County Clerks: https://www.sec.state.vt.us/media/878762/2019townclerkguide.pdf
Choosing a political party
There is no party registration in Vermont. All registered voters can vote in the primary election--but can only vote on one ballot.
More information: https://www.sec.state.vt.us/elections/voters/registration.aspx
To update registration after a move or name change, notify your town or city clerk immediately or use the online voter registration system: https://olvr.sec.state.vt.us/
If you no longer wish to be on the voter checklist, send a written notice to your town or city clerk with your request to be removed.
You must include a photocopy of an acceptable form of ID. Acceptable forms of ID are:
No photocopy of ID is required when a person registers through a state agency or through a voter registration drive.
The voter registration form requires your Vermont DMV-issued driver's license number or Personal ID number (VT PID#) or the last four digits of your Social Security number (SSN).
First time voters who have registered by mail have to show ID in order to vote.
If you registered when you renewed your driver's license or as part of a voter registration drive, you will not be required to show ID.
Voters who are not voting for the first time don't need to show identification.
Department of Motor Vehicles
Obtaining a Driver’s License
There are no eligibility requirements for early or absentee voting.
The voter or an authorized person—including a candidate or campaign worker, or a family member or a health care provider acting on the voter’s behalf—may apply for an early voter absentee ballot in person, online at their My Voter Page, by phone, or by mail. 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.
More information: https://www.sec.state.vt.us/elections/voters/absentee-voting.aspx
More information: https://www.sec.state.vt.us/elections/voters.aspx
Many organizations offer free rides to polling places. Some of these include:
Where to get more info on candidates: https://www.sec.state.vt.us/elections/candidates.aspx
Offices/Measures That May Appear on the Ballot
|Federal (even years)||
President/Vice-President (elected every four years; next election in 2020)
Senator (elected every six years for staggered terms; next election in 2024)
Representative (elected every two years)
|State (even years)||
Governor/Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of State, State Treasurer, Auditor of Accounts, Attorney General (elected every two years; next election in 2020)
State Senator (elected every two years)
State Representative (elected every two years)
Statewide ballot measures
|County (even years)||
State's Attorney, Probate Judge, Assistant Judge, Sheriff, High Bailiff (elected every four years)
|Local (Town Meeting every year)||
Varies by town; most towns elect the following offices (terms may vary):
Justice of the peace
Town Meeting and Presidential Primary: March 3, 2020
Election Day is November 3, 2020
2020 Elections Calendar: https://www.sec.state.vt.us/media/915046/2020-calendar.pdf
Contest of elections: https://legislature.vermont.gov/statutes/section/17/051/02603
Administration complaint procedure: https://www.sec.state.vt.us/media/913460/appendix-l-admin-complaint-proc.pdf
Contact information for the Election Division, Vermont Secretary of State office: https://www.sec.state.vt.us/elections/contact-us.aspx
Vermont Campaign Finance System (https://campaignfinance.sec.state.vt.us/) provides access to information filed by candidates, PACs, and parties.
Find your elected officials: https://www.vermont.gov/government
1-888-VE-Y-VOTA (en Español)
1-888-API-VOTE (Asian multilingual assistance)
Find useful voter information including:
Librarians from the Government Documents Round Table (GODORT), a Round Table of the American Library Association (ALA), created these reference guides. These guides are intended for informational purposes only and are not in any way intended to be legal advice.
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