Mover's Guide: Vermont

August 10, 2010

Elections Division: 800-439-8683

I moved from the address at which I am registered.  What should I do?

I moved from another state.

If you moved to Vermont from another state, you must register to vote in Vermont to be able to vote.[1]  The last day to register in time to vote in the next election is by 5 p.m. on the Wednesday prior to the day of the election.[2]

If you moved from out of state, you may register to vote the same day you become a resident of the State of Vermont.[3]  And, if you moved from out of state after the deadline to register and within thirty days of a presidential election, under federal law you are allowed to vote for President and Vice President in your former state of residence, either in person or by absentee ballot.[4]

If you are not eligible to vote by the registration deadline but will be eligible to vote by Election Day, you should notify the town clerk in writing before the registration deadline. You may then register to vote any time before the polls close.[5]

I moved within Vermont.

If you moved to a new address within the same town, you should notify your local election official to update your registration records.[6]  If you moved to a new town within the state, you should complete a new registration form to update your registration records.[7]  That form is available here: http://vermont-elections.org/elections1/2008VoterAppRev7.01.08.pdf

The election is right around the corner and I never updated my registration from my previous address.  What should I do?

If you moved to a new address within the same town since you last voted, you should contact your local election office to determine whether your registration is current and to find out the location of your current polling place.  Election officials may have changed your registration record to reflect your new address even if you did not notify the election official about the move.  If your information has been changed to your current address, you should go to the polling place associated with that address to vote.

Many registered Vermont voters who move are still entitled to cast a ballot that will be counted — even if they did not notify the appropriate election official about their move before Election Day and the election official has not changed their registration.

Scenario One: New Address, but Same Polling Place

If you moved to a new address that is covered by the same polling place as your old address, you can vote a regular ballot at that polling place after confirming your change of address at the polling place.  This is true regardless of how close to the election you moved.[8]

Scenario Two: New Address in Same Town but New Polling Place

If you moved to a new address within the same town but with a different polling place, you can vote at your new polling place after confirming your new address.[9]

Scenario Three: New Address in New Town

If you moved to a new address in a different town less than 17 days before an election, you can vote at the polling place associated with your old address.[10]

If you moved to a new address in a different town more than 17 days before an election, you should complete a new registration form to update your registration record.[11]


[1] See Vt. Stat. Ann. tit. 17, § 2121 (2010).

[2] Vt. Stat. Ann. tit. 17, § 2144(a).

[3] Vt. Stat. Ann. tit. 17, § 2122(a).

[4] 42 U.S.C. § 1973aa-1(e) (2010).

[5] Vt. Stat. Ann. tit. 17, § 2144(b) (2010).

[6] Vt. Stat. Ann. tit. 17, §2145(g); Vermont Secretary of State, Frequently Asked Questions, http://vermont-elections.org/elections1/register_faq.html (last visited June 4, 2010).

[7] See Vt. Stat. Ann. tit. 17, § 2122(b) (2010).

[8] Vt. Stat. Ann. tit. 17, § 2149(b)(1); 42 U.S.C. § 1973gg-6(e)(1) (2010).

[9] Vt. Stat. Ann. tit. 17, § 2149(b)(2).

[10] Vt. Stat. Ann. tit. 17, § 2122(b).

[11] See Vt. Stat. Ann. tit. 17, § 2122(b).