Early and Absentee Ballot Request Form

 

Contact the Town Clerk’s office with questions regarding voting. 

Tel: 464-5836 or email: shaughwout@wilmingtonvt.us

Voter Information
The following information applies specifically to VOTING BY AUSTRALIAN BALLOT. If you have any questions please feel free to contact the Town Clerk’s Office (802) 464-5836.

NOTICE TO VOTERS
Ways of voting early or absentee:

1. Vote in town clerk’s office before 5:00p.m. the day before the Election

2. Voter may take the ballots out of the clerk’s office for himself and return in same manner as if the ballots were received by mail.

3. Have ballot mailed to you and return it to clerk’s office before Election Day or to polling place before 7 p.m. on Election Day.

4. If you are sick or disabled, you may ask the town clerk to have two justices of the peace bring a ballot to you at your home on any of the eight days proceeding the day of the election or the day of election.

EARLY or ABSENTEE BALLOTS:
You can request early absentee ballots at any time during the election year. The latest you can request ballots for the General Election is the close of the Town Clerk’s office on the day before the Election. You or a family member can request early ballots in person, in writing or by telephone. An authorized person can request ballots for you in writing.

VOTING EARLY OR ABSENTEE


Vote at Home on Election Day  
If you are sick or disabled a ballot can be delivered to your home on Election Day.  You must make your request at least three days before the election. On Election Day two justices of the peace (of different parties) will deliver a ballot to you, and then will bring the ballot back to the polling place so that it can be placed in the ballot box and counted.

Vote By Mail 
Any voter can request that the town clerk mail them an early voter absentee ballot.  This ballot will arrive with a return envelope so that the ballot, once voted, can be returned to the clerk so that it can be counted on Election Day.  The clerk must receive the ballot by the close of polls on Election Day in order to be counted.  A ballot can be requested any time before an election. Clerks will mail absentee ballots within the 30 days prior to the election.

Hand Delivered Ballots
A voter may pick up a ballot at the town clerk’s office at any time beginning thirty days prior to the general or primary election.  A voted early voter absentee ballot, in a sealed envelope, can be hand delivered to the clerk on Election Day or prior to Election Day.  The ballot can be returned to the clerk or delivered to the polling place by the voter or any person the voter authorizes to return the ballot for him or her.  A person can only pick up his or her own ballot from the clerk’s office.

Vote Early
A voter may vote at the Town Clerk’s office in person any time thirty days before a primary or general election or 20 days before a municipal election.

Early voter absentee ballots must be returned to the Town Clerk’s office before the close of the office on the day before the election OR to the polling place before 7:00 p.m. on the day of the election in order to be counted in the election. 

Identification Required for First Time Registrants by Mail: If you have never voted in Vermont before and you registered individually by mail, you must provide Identification before you can vote a regular ballot: current valid photo I.D., or a utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document showing your name and current address.

Any Voter who wants assistance for any reason may bring the person of his or her choice (except employer or union representative) into the voting booth to help or may ask for assistance from two election officials.

Voters who cannot get from the car into the polling place may have a ballot brought to a car outside the polls by two election officials.

Any U. S. citizen and resident of a Vermont town or city who submitted an application to register to vote before the deadline is entitled to vote regardless of race or physical ability.

If your name was dropped from the checklist in error, or has not been added even though you submitted an application before the deadline for applications: Explain the situation to your town clerk or presiding officer and ask that your name be added to the checklist today. The town clerk or presiding officer will investigate the situation and then either have you complete a sworn affidavit and then add your name to the checklist or explain why not.

If the town clerk or presiding officer cannot determine that you are entitled to be added to the checklist on Election Day, you may appeal to a superior court judge, who will give you a decision on Election Day.

THE LAW PROHIBITS THE FOLLOWING–DO NOT:
• Vote more than once per election, either in the same town or in different towns.
• Mislead the board of civil authority about your own or another person’s eligibility to vote.
• Socialize in a manner that will disturb other voters inside the polling place.
• Offer bribe, threaten, or intimidate a person to vote for a candidate.
• Hinder or interfere with the progress of a voter going into or from a polling place. Vermont law provides that a person cannot campaign within a polling place, but does NOT specify any number of feet that campaigners need to be away from the polls outside. The Presiding Officer will set reasonable rules for where campaigners can stand.

The Election Officials at the polling place are here to serve you.  If you have any questions, or need assistance while voting, ask your town clerk or any election official for help.

If you do not understand something, or you believe a mistake has been made that has not been corrected, or you have a question that cannot be answered to your satisfaction at the polling place:

Call the Elections Division
Office of the Secretary of State
1-800-439-VOTE (439-8683)  (Accessible by TDD)

Link to State of Vermont Secretary Of State Elections Website

If you believe that any of your voting rights have been violated, you may call the Elections Division at 800-439-8683 or (802) 828-2464. You may also file an Administrative Complaint with the Secretary of State’s Office, 26 Terrace Street, Montpelier, VT 05609-1101.



If you believe you have witnessed efforts to commit any kind of fraud or corruption in the voting process, you may report this to your local United States Attorney’s Office, the County State’s Attorney or the Vermont Attorney General.

If you have witnessed actual or attempted acts of discrimination or intimidation in the voting process, you may report this to the Civil Rights Division of the United States Department of Justice at (800) 253-3931.

VOTING PROCESS – INSTRUCTIONS FOR VOTERS
• Go to the entrance checklist table, give your name, and if asked, your street address to the election official in a loud voice.
• Wait until your name is repeated and checked off by the official.
• Take the ballot from the election official and enter a voting booth. Once inside the voting booth, mark your ballot for each race.
• To vote for a candidate, fill in the oval or make a cross (X) in the box to the right of the name of the candidate(s) as directed on your ballot. Do not vote for more candidates than the “Vote for not more than #” for each race or office. If you vote for more than the “Vote for not more than #,” your vote will not count for that race.


• WRITE-IN candidate(s). To vote for someone whose name is not  printed on the ballot, use the blank “write-in” lines on the ballot and either write in the name or paste on a sticker, then fill in the oval or make a cross (X) in the box.
• If you make a mistake or change your mind, DO NOT try to erase. Return your spoiled ballot and ASK an election official for a new ballot. If you make a mistake again, you may ask for another ballot and you may want to ask for assistance. Each voter may have up to 3 ballots.
• To cast your voted ballot: either insert your voted ballot into the tabulating machine, or in a hand count town, fold your voted ballot and insert it into the ballot box.
• Go to the exit checklist table, if any, and state your name. Wait until your name is repeated and checked off by the official.
• Leave the voting area immediately by passing outside the guardrail.
• All voters who are in line at the polling place at 7 p.m. will be permitted to vote. No voter can enter the polling place to vote after 7 p.m.

VERMONT VOTER RIGHTS

YOU MAY SEE A BALLOT IN ADVANCE

• Your town clerk has sample ballots for you to see at least 10 days before the election.
YOU HAVE A RIGHT TO ASSISTANCE
• Bring the person of YOUR CHOICE into the voting booth with you to help you vote.
[Not your employer or union representative.]
• You can get help marking the ballot. Ask an election official for assistance. Two election officials will help you. [No one can tell you how to vote!]
• Bring a magnifying glass or other device to help you vote.
• If you are disabled or ill, you may ask the election officials to bring a ballot to your car.
• Bring a list of candidates into the voting booth to help you vote.
[You may not show your list to other voters or leave it in the booth.

YOU CAN VOTE EARLY OR VOTE FROM HOME

• You can vote at the town clerk’s office or take a ballot home to vote anytime 30 days before the election.
• Call the town clerk or sign a request form and the clerk will send you a ballot by mail


YOU CAN GET A NEW BALLOT IF YOU MAKE A MISTAKE

• If you give your first ballot to an election official you can get another ballot to vote.
• You can get up to three ballots.


YOU MAY WRITE-IN A CANDIDATE

• Write the name of the candidate on the write–in line.
• Place a sticker with the candidate’s name on the write-in line.


YOUR BALLOT IS PRIVATE

• No one has the right to see how you voted or to ask you how you voted. Cast your ballot by either folding and placing your ballot in the ballot box or by inserting your ballot into the voting machine.

PLEASE ASK QUESTIONS

• Election officials are here to help you understand how to vote. They cannot help you decide who to vote for and they may not tell you candidate names or party designations.
• If you are not sure that you are being properly assisted, ask to speak to the presiding officer.

For more information please call the Secretary of State’s Office at 1-800-439-VOTE (8683) or email: dcrossman@sec.state.vt.us