Registering to Vote

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.

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 use the My Voter Page, please click on the link to access the login page:

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

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.
  • Get voter registration forms: call 1-800-439-VOTE or email voterreg@sec.state.vt.us to order voter registration forms, or contact your local town clerk.
  • Order buttons, stickers, flyers, bumper stickers, videos, and other materials: call 1-800-439-VOTE or email voterreg@sec.state.vt.us. Attach the order form to your email to place your order.
  • 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).