En español | Vermont’s Nov. 8 general election will determine races for governor, the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, the state legislature and other state offices. The state's primary was held on Aug. 9.
- Absentee voting: All active registered voters were mailed an absentee ballot in late September to vote in the general election.
- Early in-person voting: You can vote early and in person from Sept. 26 through Nov. 7.
- In-person voting on Election Day: The general election is on Tuesday, Nov. 8. Polls open between 5 a.m. and 10 a.m., depending on your town, and close at 7 p.m.
What's new this year?
All active registered voters were mailed a ballot for the November general election under a 2021 law.
Also, a new redistricting plan has changed certain boundaries of Vermont’s state legislative districts and may affect which candidates appear on your ballot.
What races are on the ballot, and who's running?
- Governor: incumbent Gov. Phil Scott (R), Brenda Siegel (D)
- U.S. Senate: Gerald Malloy (R), Peter Welch (D)
- U.S. House: Becca Balint (D), Liam Madden (R*)
- State Senate: all 30 seats
- State House: all 150 seats
- Lieutenant governor and other state offices
*Madden won the Republican primary but describes himself as an Independent
How do I register to vote?
- Online: Go to My Voter Page, the state’s online voter portal, to register. If you're a first-time voter, you must provide a photocopy of an acceptable form of ID, such as a driver’s license, U.S. passport, current utility bill or a government document that lists your residential address. You can register up to and on Election Day. But you are encouraged to register by Nov. 4 to ensure your name appears on the state’s voter checklist.
- By mail: Print a registration form, complete it and mail it to your town or city clerk. Or call your clerk’s office to request that an application be mailed to you. Election officials must receive your form by close of business on Nov. 4. If your form doesn’t arrive in time, you can register at your polling place on Election Day.
- In person: Go to your town or city clerk’s office during normal business hours until the day before the election, or register at the polls on Election Day.
First-time voters must take the voter’s oath. If your name is not on the state's voter checklist when you arrive at your polling location, you may be asked to fill out additional paperwork. Use the state’s voter portal or call your town or city clerk to check your registration status.
How can I get an absentee ballot?
The secretary of state’s office has mailed active registered voters an absentee ballot for the general election. Contact your town or city clerk’s office if you haven’t received your ballot by Oct. 10.
If you registered to vote after absentee ballots already were mailed or recently moved to another town in the state, you may request one online, by mail or in person:
- Online: Use My Voter Page to request your absentee ballot. Or print an application form, and email or fax the completed application to your town or city clerk.
- By mail: Download and complete an application form, then mail it to your town or city clerk’s office. Or call your town or city clerk’s office to request an application.
- In person: Go to your town or city clerk’s office by close of business.
Absentee ballot requests must be received by 5 p.m. on Nov. 7.
You can receive your ballot electronically through the state’s voter portal if you’re ill, injured or have a disability. Or have a ballot delivered to your home on Election Day and submitted for you. Contact your town or city clerk’s office for details.
How do I return my absentee ballot?
Place your completed ballot inside the voted ballot envelope and sign the certificate on the outside of the envelope. Postage is provided. Return the sealed envelope by mail or in person:
- By mail: Mail your pre-addressed ballot to your town or city clerk’s office. It must be received by the close of business on Nov. 7. Allow at least seven mailing days for your ballot to be received.
- In person: Hand-deliver your ballot to your town or city clerk’s office or a drop box location, if available, by close of business on Nov. 7. Or bring it to the polls by 7 p.m. on Election Day. A list of drop boxes can be downloaded from the secretary of state’s website.
Enter your information at My Voter Page to track your ballot. Voters can correct a ballot if the clerk finds an error, such as a missing signature. The clerk will notify you if your ballot was returned incorrectly.
Can I vote in person before Election Day?
You can vote early and in person at your town or city clerk’s office between Sept. 26 and Nov. 7. Check the secretary of state’s town clerk guide for locations and hours.
When is Election Day? When are polls open?
The general is Tuesday, Nov. 8. Polls must open by 10 a.m. and must close at 7 p.m., but some may open as early as 5 a.m. Check with your town or city clerk.
You can vote after 7 p.m. as long as you were in line before the polls closed.
Use the My Voter Page to find your polling location.
Do I need identification to vote?
You don’t need ID to vote at the polls, but you do need to include a photocopy of an acceptable form of ID when you register by mail or online. If you don’t include a photocopy, you will be asked to show an acceptable form of ID at the polling place before you vote.
Editor’s note: This guide was updated on Oct. 3 with information about how to vote in 2022. The guide was first published on Aug. 20, 2020.