Voter Registration in Vermont
Vermont takes the democratic process seriously, and encourages residents to register to vote by making the process easy and painless. As a Vermont resident, you can register to vote online, at the Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) or through your town or city clerk's office.
VT Voter Registration Eligibility
You can register to vote if you're:
- A U.S. citizen.
- A Vermont resident.
- See the state's explanation of residency requirements for voting purposes.
- At least 18 years old, will be on or before the election.
- Willing to take, or have already taken, the state's “Voter's Oath" (also called the “Freeman's Oath").
- If you don't take oaths, the state will allow you to choose an “affirm" option instead.
NOTE: You can register to vote if you are an incarcerated felon. Register with the town or city in which you lived before you became incarcerated.
Register to Vote in Vermont
You can register to vote online, at the DMV, or with your town or city clerk.
In order to register to vote online, you will need to go to the VT Online Voter Registration System and fill out the fields. If you are registering for the first time, you will need a copy of one of the following:
- Photo ID (driver's license or passport).
- Current bank statement or utility bill.
- Government document showing your current residential address.
You will be given the Voter's Oath to self-administer.
You are not considered registered to vote until your application is approved by the Town Clerk. Processing your registration can take up to 4 weeks, after which you will receive an acknowledgment that you are registered to vote.
At the DMV
The DMV's Application for License/Permit (Form TA-VL-21) also doubles as a voter registration form. Since most Vermont residents pass through the DMV's doors at some point to apply for a driver's license―and they all show proof of identity at the same time―it's a perfect marriage to have both applications on one form.
Before completing the voter registration application, make sure you can prove you are 18 years old or older (or will be on or before the date of the general election), a Vermont resident, and a U.S. citizen. To do this, you will need to provide one form each of primary and secondary identification.
After completing the application, you will be required to take Vermont's Voter's Oath―a quick, one-time process. Your application will then be reviewed by your town or city clerk. You'll be notified within a few days if your voter application was approved.
With Your Town or City Clerk
To register to vote through your town or city clerk:
- Complete the Vermont Application for Addition to the Checklist (VT Voter Registration Form).
- Include a copy of an approved form of ID, or bring ID with you if taking the form in person. Approved ID must be one of the following:
- A driver's license or U.S. passport.
- A bank statement or utility bill.
- A government document.
- Mail the application or deliver it in person to your town or city clerk.
You will receive a receipt or a copy of your application from your town clerk by the week of the election. You will NOT receive a voter registration card.
In order to be eligible to vote, your application must be submitted by 5 p.m. on the Wednesday before an upcoming election to either your town clerk or to your local DMV office. If you have any voting questions, call the Secretary of State Division of Elections at (800) 439-8683 (in state) and (802) 828-2464 (outside VT).
Military & Overseas Voter Registration
If you are out of the state on military assignment (or as a military dependent) or you currently live overseas, you can register to vote using your last address in Vermont. This address must be where you resided immediately before your military assignment or before moving overseas.
To register, you can:
- Complete the Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) Voter Registration and Absentee Ballot Request Federal Post Card Application (Form 76).
- Utilize Vermont's Overseas and Military Voter
- This service helps you complete appropriate applications, get help from your absentee voting clerk, and meet application and election deadlines.For further assistance, military members can visit the FVAP website.
Absentee Registration & Voting
If you're away from your voting precinct or even the state, you can still register to vote online or by mail. Refer to Register to Vote in Vermont above for instructions.
Once you're registered to vote, you can request an absentee ballot by:
- Completing the Request for Early Absentee Voter Ballot.
- Make sure you complete the section for absentee citizens still in the U.S.
- Mailing the application to your town or city clerk.
Use the state's My Voter Page to track your absentee ballot status.
For more information about absentee ballot requests and voting, refer to Vermont's section on absentee voting.
Name or Address Change
If you move or change your name, you can update your information using the Online Voter Registration System or by contacting your town or city clerk. It is important to do this as soon as possible to ensure that all voting information remains current.