Disclaimer: This page was crafted using existing information found on the Vermont Secretary of State’s website or obtained directly from personnel employed by this office. The information on this page is not comprehensive. VSEA chose to concentrate specifically on the most common questions individuals ask when trying to determine: who can vote early and how to do it; where and how to register to vote for the first time or how to change your address if you have moved since last voting. If this web page does not address your questions, please click here to go to the Secretary of State’s website.
Primary Election – Tuesday August 24, 2010
General Election – Tuesday November 2, 2010
Voter Registration Deadline
Primary Election – Wednesday August 18, 2010
General Election – Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Note: Your town clerk must RECEIVE your “Voter Application” no later than 5:00 p.m. on the deadline day. Unfortunately, not all town clerks’ offices are open each day of the work week and/or their hours are not 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. To find out the office hours of your town clerk’s office, click here to get your town clerk’s office number.
To mail in your voter registration form (officially called the “Application for Addition to the Checklist”) please link to YOUR TOWN CLERK’S OFFICE for their mailing address.
How to Register to Vote
IMPORTANT: You NO longer need a notary in order to register to vote. You can simply administer the oath to yourself or have a friend do it.
It’s quick and easy. Here are the steps:
1. Download a voter registration form and fill it out.
2. Request a “Voter Application” form. – E-mail your mailing address to VSEA Political Organizer Robyn Maguire at firstname.lastname@example.org. She will mail you an application with written instructions included. If you need more than one “Voter Application” for your household, please indicate so in your e-mail.
3. Complete the form with a ballpoint pen. Below are two examples of how to complete the form. One is an example of someone who is registering for the first time and the other is if you are submitting a change of address.
First time to register to vote
Change of address.
3. Keep the pink copy and mail or hand deliver the white and yellow copies to your town clerk’s office. To be safe, hold on to the pink copy. If you do not receive verification that you have been added to the voter checklist by a week before Election Day, contact your town clerk and provide the pink copy as proof of your registration.
4. You will receive verification from the Secretary of State’s office confirming that you have been added to the Vermont Voter Checklist. Again, if you do not receive notification that you have been added to the voter checklist by a week before Election Day, contact your town clerk and provide the pink copy as proof of your registration.
Anybody can vote early. It’s easy and convenient!!! As a matter of fact, VSEA recommends that you VOTE EARLY to avoid long lines at the polls!!
Important Dates For Early Voters:
Early voting BEGINS for the Primary Election on July 12, 2010
Early voting BEGINS for the General Election on September 20, 2010
Below are the steps to voting early:
- Request an EARLY VOTING APPLICATION
- Read the Vermont Secretary of State’s website for instructions
IMPORTANT: Early voter ballots must be returned to your town clerk’s office by close of business, the day before the election, or to your polling place by 7:00 p.m. on Election Day. NOT ALL TOWN CLERKS HAVE MONDAY OFFICE HOURS, so please call your specific town clerk for his/her office hours or look up the address. Your ballot may be returned by mail or in person, unless the ballots were delivered by justices of the peace who would then return them to the town clerk.
The town clerk must record receipt of the voted ballot(s) on the list of early or absentee voters.
Once an early voter absentee ballot has been returned to the clerk in the sealed envelope with the signed certificate, it shall be stored in a secure place and shall not be returned to the voter for any reason.