En español | Vermont’s Aug. 9 primaries will determine which candidates appear on November’s general election ballot for governor, the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, the state legislature and other state offices.
All active voters will be mailed a ballot for the November general election, thanks to legislation passed in 2021. A new redistricting plan has changed certain boundaries of Vermont’s state legislative districts and may affect which candidates appear on your ballot.
If your name is not on the state's voter checklist when you arrive at your polling location, you may be asked to fill out additional paperwork. Use the state’s voter portal or call your town or city clerk to check your registration status.
No. Voters don't register with a party in Vermont, so you can choose the primary in which you want to vote. But you can only vote in one party's primary.
If you request an absentee ballot, the state will send one for each of Vermont’s three major parties: Democrat, Republican and Progressive. You should mark only one of the ballots, but you must return all three.
Any registered voter can request a no-excuse absentee ballot and vote from home in the August primaries. Requests for absentee ballots are open year-round, but you must renew your request each year.
For the general election, the state will automatically mail you a ballot if you’re an active voter.
For the primaries, request a ballot online, by mail or in person.
You can receive your ballot electronically through the state’s voter portal if you’re ill, injured or have a disability. Or you can have a ballot delivered to your home on Election Day and submitted for you. Contact your town or city clerk’s office for more information.
Once you receive and complete your ballot, sign the certificate on the outside of the security envelope and return the sealed envelope by mail or in person. Postage will be provided to return your ballot for the general election but not for the primaries.
Enter your information at My Voter Page to track your ballot. Voters can correct a ballot if the clerk finds an error, such as a missing signature. The clerk will notify you if your ballot was returned incorrectly.
You can vote early and in person at your town or city clerk’s office between June 27 and Aug. 8 for the primaries and Sept. 26 and Nov. 7 for the general. Check the secretary of state’s town clerk guide for locations and hours.
The primary election is Tuesday, Aug. 9, and the general is Tuesday, Nov. 8. Polls must open by 10 a.m. and must close at 7 p.m., but some may open as early as 5 a.m. Check with your city or town clerk.
You can vote after 7 p.m. as long as you were in line before the polls closed.
Use the My Voter Page to find your polling location.
No, unless you’re a first-time Vermont voter registering by mail or online.
In that case, you’ll need to include a photocopy of an acceptable form of ID when you register. You must also take the voter’s oath.
Editor’s note: This guide was updated on April 8 with information about how to vote in 2022. The guide was first published on Aug. 20, 2020.
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