You can vote in Vermont
ONLY if you:
1 are a citizen of the United States;
2. Are a resident of Vermont and a resident of the town in which you apply
to be added to the checklist;
3. take, or have previously taken, the Voter's Oath (formerly called the
"Freeman's Oath"); and
4. is 18 years of age or more.
(b) Any person meeting the requirements of subdivision (a)(1)-(3) of this section who will be 18 years on or before the date of a general election may register and vote in the primary election immediately preceding that general election.
17 V.S.A. § 2121,2122
a Voter Registration Form
registration forms are called “Applications for Addition to the Checklist”
Applications for Addition to the Checklist may be downloaded as
a pdf file
or a Word document. You can also get Applications for Addition to the
Checklist from your town clerk. Locate a town clerk near you or
Complete the Applications for Addition
to the Checklist.
You must include your Vermont Driver's License Number on the form. If you do not have a Vermont Driver's License Number or if your license
is suspended, include the last 4 digits of your Social Security Number.
Be sure to take the Voter’s Oath if you have not voted in Vermont
before. Once it is completed you must submit the form to the Town or City
Clerk in the town or city in which you reside. You will also be given an
opportunity to register to vote when you register your car, get a driver’s
license or renew your registration or license.
If you have previously voted in Vermont,
you do not need to take the voter's oath again. If not, the oath can be administered by a town
clerk, justice of the peace, notary public, commissioned military officer, any person over the age of 18, or by yourself.
If you do not take oaths, you may take it 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 application form. You must be 18 years old to take the voter's oath.
If you are not yet 18, you can file your application without taking the oath, and take the
oath at the polling place on election day. However, if you intend to request
an early or absentee ballot, you must take the oath before voting by early
or absentee ballot.
The Clerk will review your application. If the Clerk finds that you meet the
eligibility requirements you will be added to the checklist and become a
registered voter. The Clerk will notify you in writing whether or not your
application has been approved. If you have not received notification by the
week of the election, call your town clerk. If the Clerk questions your
eligibility the Board of Civil Authority will review your application. If
the Board finds that you are not eligible, the Board must state the reason
in writing and give you a chance to be reconsidered. If you are still denied
by the Board, you can appeal to a superior or district judge in your county
through an informal process (No filing fee or lawyer is required).
Locate a town clerk near you or
Voter Registration Deadlines
Once you are registered to vote you do not need to re-register unless you
move to a new town. In order to be eligible to vote in a particular election
your Application for Addition to the Checklist must be received by 5:00
p.m. on the Wednesday preceding the day of the election. The town and city
clerks offices must be open at least from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on this
Wednesday. If you apply through the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) or
another voter registration agency, your application must be postmarked or
accepted before the Wednesday preceding the election. For 2012 the voter
registration deadlines are as follows:
Wednesday, February 29, 2012- Last Day to Register To Vote for the Presidential Primary
Wednesday, August 22, 2012 - Last Day to Register To Vote for the Primary Election
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 - Last Day to Register To Vote for the General Election
(Frequently Asked Questions)
If you have questions, please call your town or city clerk. If you are
uncertain which clerk to call, you may call the Elections Division, Office
of the Secretary of State at 1-800-439-8683, email us
or write to the Elections Division, Office of the Vermont Secretary of State,
128 State Street, Montpelier, VT 05633-1101.