Voter Registration In Vermont
Who Can Register In Vermont
To register to vote in Vermont, you must:
- Be a U.S. citizen
- Be a resident of Vermont (and a resident of the town in which you apply to be added to the checklist)
- Be at least 18 years old (Any person meeting the requirements above who will be 18 on or before the date of a general election may register and vote in the primary election immediately preceding that general election)
- Have taken, or have previously taken, the Voter’s Oath (formerly called the “Freeman’s Oath”)
You must register to vote by the Friday before the election you wish to vote in if you are registering online, or you can register on Election Day (see more under “Election Day Registration”).
Vermont Election Day Registration
If you’re eligible to vote in Vermont but have not yet registered, you can register and vote at your polling place on Election Day. You can also register at your town or city clerk's office on days preceding the election during regular business hours and on Election Day during polling hours.
You can pre-register to vote in Vermont if you will turn 18 by the next election.
Voting Rights Restoration
Vermont doesn’t revoke voting rights after a felony conviction. If you have been convicted of a felony, you can vote while incarcerated. You must register using your last place of residence.
If you have a past conviction, learn more about your eligibility to vote here.
Voting In Vermont
Where To Vote In Vermont
You can search for your polling place here.
Vote-by-mail & Absentee
In Vermont, the terms “vote by mail” and “absentee voting” refer to the same process.
No excuse is needed to vote absentee in Vermont. During COVID-19, all registered voters in Vermont will receive absentee ballots automatically without needing to request them.
To request an absentee ballot in Vermont, you would typically need to complete an online request, or submit a completed paper application to the town clerk’s office by mail or in person.
Click here to track your Vermont absentee ballot.
To return your Vermont absentee ballot, mail it back or return it in person to your town clerk’s office. Your ballot must be received at your clerk’s office by the close of business on the day before Election Day, or returned to your polling place on Election Day.
Early Voting In Vermont
Vermont offers in-person absentee voting. No excuse is needed to vote early. Early voting begins at least 45 days before a primary or general election and at least 20 days before a municipal election and ends the day before the election.
Primary Elections In Vermont
Vermont has open primaries. Any registered voter can participate in primary elections, regardless of political party. 17-year-olds can vote in the primary election if they will be 18 by the corresponding general election.
Voter ID In Vermont
Voter ID Requirements
ID is not required to vote in Vermont. If you are a first-time voter who registered by mail you will have to show ID to vote. Valid forms of ID include:
- Current and valid photo identification or bank statement
- Utility bill
- Government document that contains your name/current address.
If you go to your polling place without an approved form of ID, you can register to vote at your polling place.
Additional Vermont Resources
Your State Election Official
Vermont Secretary of State
Phone number: 802.828.1931