Elections
 

For the most complete and up to date Election Information please visit the Vermont Secretary of State’s website http://www.sec.state.vt.us/ 

 

 

Vermont Voter Bill of Rights

You have the right to vote if you are a U.S. citizen, live in Vermont, are 18 years old and have registered to vote in the town where you reside.

You have the right to vote if you are homeless.

You have the right to vote if you have been convicted of a felony, even while you are incarcerated.

You have the right to vote even if you have a guardian and even if you need help reading or filling out your ballot.

You have the right to vote or cast your ballot if you are in line by 7:00 p.m. on Election Day.

You have the right to know if you are registered to vote.

You have the right to ask for help from elections officials or from a friend or family member. There are some people who cannot help you vote, for example, your boss or a union officer from your job.

You have the right to a secret vote. You do not have to tell anyone how you voted.

You have the right to get a new ballot if you make a mistake.

You have the right to vote for the person you want. You can write-in someone else’s name if you don’t like the choices on your ballot.

You have the right to leave some choices blank on your ballot. The choices you do mark will still count.

You have the right to use a voting system for all federal elections that makes it possible for people with disabilities to vote privately and independently.

You have the right to get a “provisional ballot” if you are told you are not registered to vote and you cannot swear or affirm that you submitted an application to register to vote in Vermont before the deadline.

You have the right to know if your ballot, including a “provisional ballot,” was accepted for counting.

You have the right to file a complaint if you think your voting rights have been denied.

Call toll-free within Vermont at 1-800-439-8683 to get more information.

 

County Clerks:

  •  accept petitions and consent forms from county office candidates
  •  chair canvassing committees following the Primary and General Elections to tabulate election results for the district
  •  send completed Certificates of Election to winning candidates;
  •  send signed the canvassing report (election results) for the county offices to Elections Division
  •  and accept campaign finance filings from candidates for county offices.


Senatorial District Clerks 
are 12 of the county clerks who are designated by state statute to perform additional duties related to the election of 30 state senators Essex and Orleans Counties are combined in one senatorial district with the Orleans County Clerk serving as senatorial district clerk and the Chittenden County Clerk serves as clerk for both the Chittenden and Grand Isle Senate Districts.

Senatorial district clerks:

  •  accept primary petitions and consent forms from major party senatorial candidates;
  •  chair canvassing committees following the Primary and General Elections to tabulate election results for the senatorial district
  •  send completed Certificates of Election to winning candidates
  •  send signed canvassing report (election results) for the state senatorial district in the district to the Elections Division.
  •  and accept campaign finance filings from candidates for state senator.

 

 

Filing Procedures for Petitions and Consent Forms for Candidates to Qualify to be Placed on the Major Party Primary Election Ballots

The Primary Election is the method of nomination that major parties use to select candidates to represent the party on the ballot in the General Election.

 Primary Petitions (called “statements of nomination” in the statutes) and Consent Forms 

 Representative district clerks, senatorial district clerks and county clerks CAN ONLY accept petitions for candidates who want to run as candidates for one of the three major parties— all independent candidates MUST FILE WITH THE OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY OF STATE.

Candidates may not be on the Primary ballot of more than one party for the same office. 17 V.S.A. §2353

Major Party Candidates filing requirements for Primary: (17 V.S.A. §§2355, 2356 and 2357)

County Officers (Assistant Judges, Probate Judge, State’s Attorney, Sheriff, High Bailiff) and State Senators–100 signatures on the petition and filed with the county clerk.  Signatures on petitions for primary elections do not need to be verified or certified. The designated filing official checks that the petition contains the required number of legible signatures of legal voters who live in the district and that a consent form is filed. If there are sufficient legible signatures, and you have no reason to believe the petition is otherwise defective, the petition is valid. 17 V.S.A. §2358 Petitions with obviously less than the required number of signatures must be rejected, and cannot be supplemented.  No official notice is required to be given to candidates of conforming petitions.

The senatorial district canvassing committee is composed of the senatorial district clerkand the chair of the county committee of each major political party or their designees. 17 V.S.A. §2592(c). The senatorial district canvassing committee meets on the Friday following the election at 10 a.m. to tally returns from town clerks within the senatorial district, to complete the canvassing committee report, and to issue certificates of nomination for major party candidates for state senator. 17 V.S.A. §2368

The county clerk with the chair of the county committee of each major political party or their designees comprise the county canvassing committee. 17 V.S.A. §2592(b)

The county officers canvassing committee meets on the Friday following the election, at 10 a.m. to complete the canvassing report and to issue certificates of nomination for major party candidates for state’s attorney, probate judge, sheriff and high bailiff.17 V.S.A. §2368

 

Write-in Candidates—If no candidate's name is printed on the ballot for an office for a political party, a write-in candidate for that office and party must receive at least one-half of the number of votes needed to submit a petition for the primary in order to be declared a primary winner.   If another candidate's name was printed on the ballot for that office and party, a write-in candidate may qualify as a winner of the primary if he receives a greater number of votes than all other candidate(s). 17 V.S.A. §2370

 

 

 

 

A Word of Warning

Despite our efforts to be accurate, these pages must inevitably contain errors. We present this website to you with a good-faith representation that the information it contains is generally reliable, but we include in that representation a request: The request is that you contact us if you notice errors. Please also note that the statutes presented in these pages are not the official version. While we have attempted to be accurate, we must urge you not to rely on the law as stated in these pages, but rather to use these quotations as a guide to where in the official statutes  http://www.leg.state.vt.us/statutesmain.cfm you might find the relevant passages.