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Vermont vote by mail guide

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Vermont vote by mail deadlines

  • Earliest day to apply: January 1, 2020
  • Request your mail-in ballot (online): Received by November 2, 2020
  • Request your mail-in ballot (by mail): Received by November 2, 2020
  • Request your mail-in ballot (in person): Received by November 2, 2020
  • Return your mail-in ballot (by mail): Received by November 2, 2020
  • Return your mail-in ballot (in person): Received by November 3, 2020

Vermont vote by mail overview

Voting by mail is not as complicated as you might think. There are only a handful of steps:

  • Request your mail-in ballot by the deadline.
  • Receive your mail-in ballot via USPS.
  • Return your mail-in ballot by the deadline.

Vermont vote by mail rules

  • Vermont will send every registered voter a mail-in ballot for all 2020 elections.
  • You can still a request a one-time 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.

Vermont vote by mail ID requirements (request)

  • Online application: You will need to provide your Vermont driver's license number, state ID number, or the last 4 digits of your social security number.
  • Paper application: The signature on your absentee ballot application will be compared to the signature on your voter registration card to ensure they match.

Vermont vote by mail ID requirements (return)

The signature on the return envelope will be compared to the signature on your voter registration card to ensure they match. If you forget to sign the return envelope, your ballot might be rejected.


Vermont vote by mail directions

  • Vermont will automatically send a mail-in ballot to every registered voter for the November 3, 2020 election.
  • If you need to update your mailing address permanently, register to vote again using your new mailing address.
  • If you need to update your mailing address temporarily -- because you will be out of town for the November 3, 2020 election -- request a one-time absentee ballot.

Receive and return your mail-in ballot

  1. Carefully read and follow the instructions, and fill out all required fields.
  2. Sign and date the outside envelope.
  3. Mail or hand-deliver your ballot to your Local Election Office. You can also hand-deliver your ballot to a state-provided dropbox. Please check with your Local Election Office if your county has a dropbox. You can use our Find Out Where To Vote tool to find an official dropbox.
  4. If you mail your ballot, it must be received by November 2, 2020.
  5. If you hand-deliver your ballot, it must be received by November 3, 2020.
  6. If you miss the deadline – or forget to sign the outside envelope – your vote will not be counted.

Questions? Need help?

Contact your Local Election Office if you have any questions about voting by mail in Vermont.

Statewide election office

Office of the Secretary of State
Director of Elections
26 Terrace Street
Montpelier, VT 05609‐1101