If you prefer to vote early or by mail you can vote by early voter absentee ballot. Voting starts as soon as ballots are available not later than 45 days before the primary or general election and 20 days prior to a municipal election that uses the Australian Ballot.
Vote at Home on Election Day
If you are sick or disabled a ballot can be delivered to your home on Election Day. You may request an absentee ballot up until 5 p.m. on the day before the election. Two justices of the peace (of different parties) will deliver a ballot to you, and then will bring the ballot back to the polling place so that it can be placed in the ballot box and counted (on Election Day or the 8 days preceding the election).
Vote By Mail
Any voter can request that the town clerk mail them an early voter absentee ballot. This ballot will arrive with a return envelope so that the ballot, once voted, can be returned to the clerk so that it can be counted on Election Day. The clerk must receive the ballot by the close of polls on Election Day in order to be counted. A ballot can be requested any time before an election. Clerks will mail absentee ballots within the 45 days prior to the election.
Hand Delivered Ballots
A voter may pick up a ballot at the town clerk’s office at any time beginning forty-five days prior to the general or primary election. A voted early voter absentee ballot, in a sealed envelope, can be hand delivered to the clerk on Election Day or prior to Election Day. The ballot can be returned to the clerk or delivered to the polling place by the voter or any person the voter authorizes to return the ballot for him or her. A person can only pick up his or her own ballot from the clerk’s office.
A voter may vote at the Town Clerk’s office in person any time forty-five days before a primary or general election or 20 days before a municipal election.
Early voter absentee ballots must be returned to the Town Clerk’s office before the close of the office on the day before the election OR to the polling place before 7:00 p.m. on the day of the election in order to be counted in the election.
Please contact your town clerk for more information.
Download a Request Form [pdf]
If you have any questions about early or absentee voting, please call or visit your town clerk. If you need additional assistance you can email Melanie Hodge firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Elections Division at (800) 439-VOTE.
Source: Vermont Secretary of State website, accessed 6/29/2010