With the election coming close, many already decided citizens are just waiting for their opportunity to vote. Fortunately, 40 states (plus District of Columbia) allow some form of voting before the election on November 3rd.

Each state has its own rules, deadlines and terminology for voting before the general election. Some call it "early voting" or "in-person absentee". Others are mailing out ballots in advance which you can mail back or drop off in secure boxes or at county offices. Some states conclude early voting several days before the election.

This site attempts to make finding the details for your state's early voting rules convenient and accurate. Get your vote in early and relax.

Early voting has started in Vermont!

You have until November 2, 2020 to vote before election day.

Can you early vote in person?

*Early or absentee voter ballots must be returned to the town clerk’s office before the close of business on the day before the election (be sure to check your town clerk’s hours) or to the polling place by 7 p.m. on Election Day. The ballots may be returned by mail or in person, unless the ballots were delivered by justices of the peace who would then return them to the town clerk.

  • The town clerk must record receipt of the voted ballot(s) on the list of early or absentee voters.

  • Once an early voter absentee ballot has been returned to the clerk in the sealed envelope with the signed certificate, it shall be stored in a secure place and shall not be returned to the voter for any reason.

  • During the hours that the polls are open, the town clerk delivers the envelopes to the presiding officer in the polling place where the early or absentee voter would have voted if he had voted in person.

  • On Election Day, election officials examine the checklist to see whether the voter has already voted in person. The election officials also check the certificate on the envelope containing the ballots to make sure it is properly filled out. When the election officials are satisfied that the early or absentee voter is legally qualified to vote, has not already voted in person and that the certificate is properly filled out, they open the envelope containing the ballot(s). Without unfolding the ballots or permitting the ballot to be seen, the election officials mark the entrance checklist indicating the fact that that voter has voted by means of an early voter absentee ballot, and then they deposit the ballots in the ballot boxes or voting machine. Early voter absentee ballots are commingled with the ballots of voters who have voted in person.

  • See the full voting information on Vermont's election website

Can you early vote by mail?

  • Vermont will send every registered voter a mail-in ballot for all 2020 elections.
  • You can still a request a one-time absentee ballot if you will be away from home during a specific election.
  • For the November 3, 2020 election, all postage for vote by mail ballots will be paid for by the Office of the Secretary.

What about on election day?

ID requirements

Vermont voters must provide their Vermont driver's license number, state ID number, or the last four digits of their social security number with their voter registration application.

How do I make sure I'm registered to vote?

To register in Vermont you must:

  • be a citizen of the United States
  • be a resident of Vermont
  • be 18 years old by Election Day
  • have taken the following Oath: You solemnly swear (or affirm) that whenever you give your vote or suffrage, touching any matter that concerns the state of Vermont, you will do it so as in your conscience you shall judge will most conduce to the best good of the same, as established by the Constitution, without fear or favor of any person Voters Oath, Vermont Constitution, Chapter II, Section 42

Can I register online?

Vermont voters must include their Vermont driver's license number, state ID number, or the last 4 digits of their social security number with their online voter registration application.

Register to vote online here

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