Elections Calendar of Events
BCA - Last day to designate justices of the peace to deliver early/absentee ballots12:00 AM to 12:00 AM
Last day for the board of civil authority to designate pairs of justices of the peace, assuring political balance in each pair, to deliver early or absentee ballots to ill and physically disabled voters (not later than three days before the election). 17 V.S.A. § 2538(a)
Clerks - Copy of warning, notice, sample ballots, current checklist posted at each polling place12:00 AM to 12:00 AM
The presiding officer of each polling place must also post a copy of the warning and notice, sample ballots and the current checklist in a conspicuous place in each polling place before the polls open on election day. 17 V.S.A. § 2523(a)
Clerks - Signs and instructions posted at polling places12:00 AM to 12:00 AM
The presiding officer shall also ensure that signs informing voters of procedures for depositing ballots are placed on or near the ballot boxes before the polls open on election day. 17 V.S.A. § 2523(b)
Voters - last day to request early/absentee ballots (until 5:00 p.m. or close of clerk's office)12:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Voters, family members, authorized persons, or health care providers may request early or absentee ballots until 5:00 p.m. or the closing of the town clerk's office. 17 V.S.A. § 2531(a). Clerks must make a list of early or absentee voters available upon request in their offices. 17 V.S.A. § 2534
Candidates, PACs, and Parties - campaign finance filing deadline1:00 AM to 1:30 AM
Candidates that have raised or spent $500 or more, political committees that have raised and spent $1,000 or more, and political parties that have raised or spent $1,000 or more must register and file campaign finance reports with the Secretary of State. 17 V.S.A. § 2964. Candidates who have rolled over funds from previous campaigns are required to submit campaign finance reports. 17 V.S.A. § 2964.
General Election Day7:00 PM to 11:30 PM
All polling places may open no earlier than 5 a.m. and no later than 10 a.m. and must close at 7:00 p.m. 17 V.S.A. § 2561. Clerks must make a copy of all early or absentee voters available at their office and in each polling place as soon as it opens. 17 V.S.A. § 2534
Clerks - Send one certified copy of official return of vote to Sec. of State’s office12:00 AM to 12:00 AM
In a manner prescribed by the Secretary of State and within 48 hours of the close of polls, the town clerk shall deliver one certified copy of the official return of vote to the Secretary of State, representative district clerk, senatorial district clerk and county clerk. 17 V.S.A. § 2588. PLEASE OVERNIGHT YOUR OFFICIAL RETURN OF VOTES (ORV) TO THE OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY OF STATE, 128 State Street, Montpelier, VT 05633-1101.
Candidates - Last day to request recount12:00 AM to 12:00 AM
Last day for a losing candidate to request a recount (within 7 days after the election). 17 V.S.A. § 2602(b). Due to the Veterans Day holiday falling on the 11th, the filing deadline for petitions for a recount is moved until Wednesday, November 12.
Canvassing committees - meet and perform general election canvass10:00 AM to 11:59 PM
At 10:00 a.m. all canvassing committees (statewide, county, senatorial, and representative) must meet to tally returns. 17 V.S.A. § 2592(g) and (h) The committee shall prepare certificates of election and send or deliver these to the candidates elected, except the statewide committee shall prepare the certificates but not sign them. Each canvassing committee shall also file a canvassing report of its findings with the Secretary of State. 17 V.S.A. § 2592(m)
Candidates - last day to file statement that you did not raise or spend $50012:00 AM to 12:00 AM
Last day for statewide and general assembly candidates who have NOT made expenditures and received contributions of $500.00 to file statement with the Secretary of State’s office that candidate has not made expenditures or received contributions of more than $500.00. 17 V.S.A. § 2811(g)