How to Vote in Vermont’s 2022 Elections 

Posted on 08/11/22 by Natalie Missakian, Elissa Chudwin

En español | Vermont’s Nov. 8 general election will feature races for governor, the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, the state legislature and other state offices. The state's primary was held Tuesday, Aug. 9.

  • Absentee voting: All registered voters can vote absentee by mail in the general election.
  • Early in-person voting: You can vote early and in person from Sept. 26 through Nov. 7.
  • In-person voting on Election Day: The general election is on Tuesday, Nov. 8. Polls open between 5 a.m. and 10 a.m., depending on your town, and close at 7 p.m.

All active registered voters will be mailed a ballot in late September for the November general election under legislation passed in 2021.

Also, a new redistricting plan has changed certain boundaries of Vermont’s state legislative districts and may affect which candidates appear on your ballot.

  • Governor: Incumbent Gov. Phil Scott (R), Brenda Siegel (D)
  • U.S. Senate: Gerald Malloy (R), Peter Welch (D)
  • U.S. House: Becca Balint (D), Liam Madden (R*)
  • State Senate: all 30 seats
  • State House: all 150 seats
  • Lieutenant governor and other state offices

*Madden won the Republican primary but describes himself as an Independent

Voters In Super Tuesday States Cast Their Ballots

  • Online: Go to My Voter Page, the state’s online voter portal, to register. If you're a first-time voter, you must provide a photocopy of an acceptable form of ID, such as a driver’s license, U.S. passport, current utility bill or a government document that lists your residential address. You can register up to and on Election Day. But you are encouraged to register by Nov. 4 for the general election to ensure your name appears on the state’s voter checklist.  
  • By mail: Print a registration form, complete it and mail it to your town or city clerk. Or call your clerk’s office to request that an application be mailed to you. Election officials must receive your form by close of business on Nov. 4 for the general election. If your form doesn’t arrive in time, you can still register at your polling place on Election Day.
  • In person: Go to your town or city clerk’s office during normal business hours until the day before the election, or register at the polls on Election Day.

First-time voters must take the voter’s oath. 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.

Any registered voter can cast a no-excuse absentee ballot and vote from home. The state will automatically mail you a ballot if you’re an active registered voter.

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.

Place your completed ballot inside the voted ballot envelope and sign the certificate on the outside of the envelope. Return the sealed envelope by mail or in person. Postage will be provided to return your ballot for the general election.

  • By mail: Mail your pre-addressed ballot to your town or city clerk’s office. It must be received by the close of business on Nov. 7 for the general. Allow at least seven mailing days for your ballot to be received.
  • In person: Hand-deliver your ballot to your town or city clerk’s office or a drop box location, if your town has one, by close of business on Nov. 7. Or bring it to the polls by 7 p.m. on Election Day. For drop box locations, call your town or city clerk.

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 Sept. 26 and Nov. 7. Check the secretary of state’s town clerk guide for locations and hours. 

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. 

You don’t need ID to vote at the polls, but you do need to include a photocopy of an acceptable form of ID when you register by mail or online. If you don’t include a photocopy, you will be asked to show an acceptable form of ID at the polling place before you vote.

Editor’s note: This guide was updated on Aug. 11 with information about how to vote in 2022. The guide was first published on Aug. 20, 2020.

This story is provided by AARP Vermont. Visit the AARP Vermont page for more news, events, and programs affecting retirement, health care, and more.

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