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Vermont vote by mail guide

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 3, 2020
  • Return your mail-in ballot (in person): Received by November 3, 2020

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 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.

Vermont vote by mail ID requirements

  • To request a ballot ONLINE, you need your Vermont driver's license number, state ID number, or the last 4 digits of your social security number. If you request a ballot by MAIL or IN PERSON, you do not need ID.
  • You do not need ID when you return a voted ballot.

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.

How to vote by mail

  1. Carefully read and follow the instructions.
  2. Fill out all of the required fields.
  3. Sign and date the outside envelope.
  4. Mail or hand-deliver your ballot to your Local Election Office.
  5. Your ballot must be received by the deadline or it will not be counted.

Two important things to note:

  1. The Local Election Office will compare your signature on your voted ballot to the one on your driver’s license and on your voter registration form to make sure they match. So please sign carefully.
  2. The post office will deliver your ballot even if you don’t have a stamp as long as you use the return envelope provided by your state. This envelope will say “official election mail.” The USPS will always deliver official election mail -- no stamp needed.

Questions? Need help?

Contact your local elections 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