October 23 is Vermont Early Ballot Return Day!

To ensure your voice is heard in this critical election, commit to returning your ballot on or before October 23rd. 

RSVP today at https://www.facebook.com/events/1002555240260780/

Burlington residents are invited to join us outside Burlington City Hall on Friday, October 23rd between 2:00 – 5:00 PM to return their ballots at the designated ballot return drop box. We’ll have “I Voted” stickers available for all voters, as well as free “VOTE” masks for anyone who commits to getting three of their friends or family members to vote this year through the Vote Safe Ambassador program. If you’ll be joining us in person, please wear a mask and observe all social distancing guidelines. 

Not a Burlington resident? No problem! You can still participate in VT Early Ballot Return Day by dropping your ballot in the mail, or by returning your ballot to your town clerk or local ballot return drop box (find a full list of hours and locations here). Even better, consider organizing a VT Early Ballot Return Day event in your own town or on your college campus using the resources we’ve assembled!

Since the Secretary of State has advised that anyone mailing in their ballot must do so before October 24th, this is a great opportunity to join with friends and family to get your ballots returned so your votes can be counted!

Together, we can ensure record-breaking voter participation in this year’s critical election. 

Frequently Asked Questions: 

I received my ballot in the mail. Now what?

First, follow all instructions closely to fill out your ballot correctly. After you select the candidates you’re voting for using a black pen, you must seal your voted ballot in the voted ballot envelope and sign and date the certificate on the outside of the envelope. Then, it’s time to return it. To return your voted ballot, you can:

  • Mail it in using the prepaid envelop provided. To make sure your ballot arrives in time to be counted, it must be in the mail by October 24th. 
  • Bring it back in person to your town clerk. Contact info for your town clerk and information about ballot return drop boxes can be found at vpirg.tempurl.host/vermont-ballot-drop-box-lookup/
  • Turn in your mail-in ballot in person at your normal polling location on election day – November 3rd. Find your polling place at https://mvp.vermont.gov/ 

Check out this video for a simple, step-by-step walkthrough of the full process: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RWDGr-FgYQs&feature=emb_title 

I never received a ballot. What should I do?

If you have not received your ballot, you should contact your town clerk. You can find their contact information here: https://www.vpirg.org/vermont-ballot-drop-box-lookup/ 

Do I have to wait until October 23rd to drop off/mail my ballot?

No! We’re encouraging Vermonters to cast their ballots as soon as possible, by either putting their ballot in the mail or dropping it off at their town clerk. If you have already voted by October 23rd, consider rounding up a few friends who haven’t voted to drop off their ballots!

Can I still vote in person on Election Day?

Yes! If you received a ballot in the mail but would prefer to vote in person, simply bring it with you to your polling place on Election Day. If you don’t bring your ballot with you, you’ll be asked to sign an affidavit confirming that you have not already voted. You can find your polling place at https://mvp.vermont.gov/.

I already sent my ballot in. How can I see if it arrived?

To check the status of your ballot, log into the VT Secretary of State’s “My Voter Page” at https://mvp.vermont.gov/ 

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