Registration

Register to Vote: Your Vote is Your Voice!

Register to Vote Online

 Vermont Voter Application (pdf copy for submission to Town or City Clerk)

Beginning January 1, 2017, eligible persons may register to vote on any day up to and including the day of the election.  

Registration is available during all normal business hours of your town or city clerk's office on days preceeding the election and during polling hours on Election Day.  17 V.S.A. § 2144.

You may also register to vote online, here.

The Elections Division will forward applications (and early or absentee ballot requests) to the appropriate town or city clerk for action, but we recommend submitting applications directly to your town or city clerk.

For contact information for your town clerk, view our Guide to Vermont’s Town Clerks, Treasurers & County Clerks

First Time Registering by Mail or Online

If you are registering to vote in Vermont for the first time by mail or online, you must include a photocopy of an acceptable form of ID. Acceptable forms of ID are:

  • Valid photo ID (driver’s license or passport)
  • Current utility bill
  • Current bank statement
  • Another government document

Vermont Voter Application

The Voter’s Oath

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 commissioned military officer or by any other person qualified to administer oaths, any person over the age of 18, or by yourself. You may also take the voter’s oath as an affirmation. You must take the oath before voting by early or absentee ballot.

If you are registering for the first time in Vermont using the Federal Voting Assistance Program’s (FVAP) Federal Postcard Application or another form not specific to Vermont, you must take the voter’s oath. The Vermont voter registration form and the FVAP instructions contain the voter’s oath that must be taken.

Military and Overseas Voter Registration

To register to vote and request an absentee ballot using our Military and Overseas Voter Portal, please visit the Portal:

Overseas & Military Voter Services

For more voting information for military and/or overseas voters, please visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program

Registration

If you are a military or overseas voter your voter registration application must include the town and the legal address, or a location description of the last place you resided in Vermont immediately before joining the military or moving overseas. If you did not reside in Vermont immediately before joining the military or moving overseas, you cannot register to vote in Vermont. You must register to vote in the state and county or town in which you resided immediately before joining the military or moving overseas.

Remember, if you are registering to vote for the first time in Vermont by mail or online, you must include a photocopy of an acceptable form of ID. Acceptable forms of ID are:

  • Valid photo ID (driver’s license or passport)
  • Current utility bill
  • Current bank statement
  • Another government document

Vermont Voter Application

 

Absentee Ballot Requests

If you are already registered to vote in Vermont, or at the same time you submit your registration, you may contact your town or city clerk to request an absentee ballot. Contact information can be found in our Guide to Vermont’s Town Clerks, Treasurers & County Clerks.

Vermont Absentee Ballot Request

Military or overseas voters may request an absentee ballot by telephone, fax, email, or by mail. You may also request that the unvoted ballot and certificate for the return envelope be sent to you by email, fax, or mail. If you have the ballot and certificate sent by email or fax, the clerk will include instructions for you. However, under Vermont law, voted ballots must be returned to the town clerk inside the absentee certificate envelope (with the voter’s original signature). Voted ballots may not be returned by fax or email. 

Absentee Ballots

Absentee ballots for the August 9, 2016, statewide primary will be available not later than June 24, 2016.  Absentee ballots for the November 8, 2016, general election will be available not later than September 23, 2016. Ballots for local elections—town meeting elections by Australian ballot—are available 20 days prior to the election. You can, however, request ballots at any point during the year leading up to the election. We strongly recommend that military or overseas voters request an early or absentee ballot at least 45 days prior to the election.

A single request may be made for absentee ballots for town meeting, and the primary and general elections, as long as the “mail to” address is the same for all three elections. Please note that a request must be made every election year.

The Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) from the Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) will be considered a request for ballots for both the primary and general elections.

If you have additional questions about military and overseas voting that are not addressed here, please contact us by email.

Conducting A Voter Registration Drive  

Step 1: Be Prepared!

To organize your voter registration drive:

  • Set up a time and place for the drive: voter registration drives work well at large public events with lots of people such as music and art festivals, parades, community events, etc. Arrange to have a table and a video player available (if an electrical outlet is close by) for the drive. If you are a high school student, speak to your student activities or principal’s office for permission to set up the drive. Speak to the social studies department to see whether you could visit classes.
  • Make sure you have all other necessary supplies: pens, clipboards, and volunteers.  Don’t be shy—have some volunteers standing with clipboards and registration forms in-hand, ready to ask passers-by if they are registered to vote.
  • Assist voters in filling out the voter application to the checklist. The voter must include his or her Vermont driver’s license number. If a person does not have a Vermont driver’s license number, he or she must include the last four digits of their Social Security number.

Step 2: Get the Word Out!

There are many ways to get the word out. You may contact us and we can send you a voter registration poster or you may design your own. Many local radio stations will run free public service announcements, and you can ask governmental, civic, and religious organizations to announce the drive in their bulletins and at their meetings. Also, be sure to set up in a prominent location. If you are a student, ask teachers to make an announcement to their classes and set up in a prominent location in your school!

Step 3: Have Fun!

You are helping the citizens of Vermont fulfill one of their most important civic responsibilities—feel good about what you are doing!

Step 4: After the Drive

Return completed registration forms to the town clerk where the applicant lives prior to the election. View contact information for all town clerks (Excel). 

 

Vermont Voter Registration Totals, 2008-Present

DateVoter Registration Total
May 31,2017 467,844
April 30, 2017 470,954
March 31, 2017 466,350
February 28, 2017 466,488
January 31, 2017 470,851
December 31, 2016 466,408
November 30, 2016 469,833
October 31, 2016 465,419
September 30, 2016 457,097
August 31, 2016 452,813
July 31, 2016 449,772
June 30, 2016 447,539
May 31, 2016 447,077
April 30, 2016 445,841
March 31, 2016 442,899
February 29, 2016 442,432
January 31, 2016 432,444
December 31, 2015 428,444
November 30, 2015 426,006
October 31, 2015 423,516
September 30, 2015 421,111
August 31, 2015 433,091
July 31, 2015 435,380
June 30, 2015 436,367
May 31, 2015 436,857
April 30, 2015 439,643
March 31, 2015 440,047
February 28, 2015 440,543
January 31, 2015 439,677
December 31, 2014 439,734
November 30, 2014 442,563
October 31, 2014 443,400
September 30, 2014 440,652

August 31, 2014

440,053

July 31, 2014

439,414

June 30, 2014

438,938
May 31, 2014 439,028
April 30, 2014 438,798
March 31, 2014 438,503
February 28, 2014 438,849
January 31, 2014 438,373
December 31, 2013 438,531
November 30, 2013 438,715
October 31, 2013 438,859
September 30, 2013 439,713
August 31, 2013 440,292
July 31, 2013 441,039
June 30, 2013 449,314
May 31, 2013 450,323
April 30, 2013 452,311
March 31, 2013 452,703
February 28, 2013 453,936
January 31, 2013 456,201
December 31, 2012 457,074
November 30, 2012 461,960
October 31, 2012 461,070
September 30, 2012 449,356
August 31, 2012 446,751
July 31, 2012 445,211
June 30, 2012 444,550
May 31, 2012 444,227
April 30, 2012 439,993
March 31, 2012 443,674
February 29, 2012 443,543
January 31, 2012 441,170
December 31, 2011 441,186
November 30, 2011 440,613
October 31, 2011 440,558
September 30, 2011 440,647
August 31, 2011 441,709
July 30, 2011 442,737
June 30, 2011 444,134
May 31, 2011 444,976
May 2, 2011 446,410
April 6, 2011 446,472
March 2, 2011 447,424
February 4, 2011 447,603
January 3, 2011 449,211
December 1, 2010 451,472

November 1, 2010

453,345
October 28, 2010 452,973
October 12, 2010 449,163
October 6, 2010 448,785
September 27, 2010 448,318
September 1, 2010 447,643
August 1, 2010 445,717
July 1, 2010 444,845
June 1, 2010 444,469
May 1, 2010 444,341
April 1, 2010 444,313
March 1, 2010 443,759
February 10, 2010 442,991
January 4, 2010 442,989
December 1, 2009 442,944
November 1, 2009 442,846
October 1, 2009 443,496
September 1, 2009 445,278
August 1, 2009 446,200
July 1, 2009 446,221
June 1, 2009 446,147
May 1, 2009 446,274
April 1, 2009 446,414
March 1, 2009 446,744
February 3, 2009 447,402
January 1, 2009 448,713
December 1, 2008 454,277
November 21, 2008 453,732
November 14, 2008 453,861
November 4, 2008 453,011
October 31, 2008 452,710
October 24, 2008 446,642
October 16, 2008 442,547
October 10, 2008 439,214
September 26, 2008 433,725
September 18, 2008 433,422
September 9, 2008 432,279
September 5, 2008 431,880
September 2, 2008 430,605
August 26, 2008 429,331
August 14, 2008 428,591
August 8, 2008 428,340
August 1, 2008 428,126
July 1, 2008 426,202
June 1, 2008 425,921
May 1, 2008 426,087
April 1, 2008 424,857
March 4, 2008 421,987
February 1, 2008 418,428
January 1, 2008 416,568
November 7, 2006 433,572

Vermont Voter Application

This page was last updated: 2017-07-21