VOTE: Election 2020
Vermont
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VOTING IN PERSON

Poll Times
10 a.m. - 7 p.m. Some polls open earlier.


ID Requirements
Identification is not required in most cases.

However, first-time voters who registered by mail are required to present identification at the polls.

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VOTE BY MAIL

Can I vote by mail in Vermont?
Yes, you can! Voting by mail is the default in Vermont.

How do I get my ballot?
Every registered Vermont voter will automatically be mailed a ballot—no need to request one.

What's the deadline to submit my ballot?
Your mail-in ballot must be received by your town clerk’s office by close of business November 2, or at your polling place by 7:00 on Election Day (November 3).

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EARLY VOTING

Early voting
Sept. 20

MILITARY OR VOTING OVERSEAS

Members of the military, their families, and US citizens living overseas can request a ballot to vote from anywhere in the world.

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October 5
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General Election
November 3
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Candidates & Races

President of the United States

Biography

Joseph Robinette "Joe" Biden, Jr. (b. November 20, 1942, in Scranton, Pennsylvania) is the former Democratic vice president of the United States, serving under President Barack Obama (D) from January 20, 2009, to January 20, 2017. He previously served as a U.S. senator from Delaware from 1973 to 2009.

On April 25, 2019, Biden announced that he was running for president of the United States in 2020. With the plurality of pledged delegates, Biden became the presumptive Democratic nominee on April 8, 2020, after Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) suspended his presidential campaign. Biden crossed the delegate threshold necessary to win the nomination on June 5, 2020, and was formally nominated at the 2020 Democratic National Convention on August 18, 2020.

Biden announced U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris (D) as his running mate on August 11, 2020. He called her "a fearless fighter for the little guy, and one of the country’s finest public servants." Harris is the first Black woman to appear on a major party's ticket in the United States.

On January 12, 2017, President Barack Obama awarded Biden the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his lifetime of public service, marking the final time Obama would present the nation's highest civilian honor. Biden received the award with distinction, an additional honor given only to Pope John Paul II, former President Ronald Reagan, and retired Gen. Colin Powell in the previous three administrations.

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Biography

Donald John Trump (b. June 14, 1946, in Queens, New York) is the 45th and current president of the United States. He assumed office on January 20, 2017. He filed to run for re-election on the same day.

Key policy initiatives during Trump's first term include the United States withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal, the passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 and First Step Act in 2018, reducing the size of the ISIS caliphate, and establishing the Space Force as an independent military branch. Trump has made more than 200 federal judicial appointments, including two U.S. Supreme Court justices.

During his presidency, Trump has issued eight vetoes. To read more about these vetoes, click here.

On December 18, 2019, Trump became the third president in U.S. history to be impeached by the U.S. House. The U.S. Senate acquitted Trump on both charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress on February 5, 2020.

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Vice President of the United States

Biography

Kamala Devi Harris (b. October 20, 1964, in Oakland, California) is a Democratic member of the U.S. Senate from California. Harris was first elected to the Senate in 2016. She became the second Black woman elected to the U.S. Senate and the first Indian American to serve in the chamber.

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden announced Harris was his running mate on August 11, 2020. He called her "a fearless fighter for the little guy, and one of the country’s finest public servants." Harris is the first Black woman to appear on a major party's ticket in the United States.

Harris previously ran for president of the United States, entering the race on January 21, 2019. She suspended her presidential campaign on December 3, 2019, and endorsed Biden on March 8, 2020.

Harris is the former attorney general of California. She served in the position from 2011 to 2017. She also served as San Francisco's district attorney from 2004 to 2011.

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Michael Richard "Mike" Pence (b. June 7, 1959, in Columbus, Indiana) is the 48th vice president of the United States, serving in President Donald Trump's (R) administration. He was elected on November 8, 2016, and sworn in on January 20, 2017.

Pence served as the 50th governor of Indiana from 2013 to 2017. As governor, Pence signed into law a 5 percent individual income tax cut in Indiana. He also supported the Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act in 2015, allowing individuals and businesses to exert a right to the free exercise of religion. In his first year in office, FiveThirtyEight ranked him as the second most conservative governor in the country.

From 2001 to 2013, Pence served as a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives. During his final year in the House, Pence was rated a far-right Republican leader based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack.

Pence's press secretary stated that Pence tested negative for coronavirus on March 21, 2020. Pence was tested after one of his staffers tested positive. Click here for more information on political figures impacted by coronavirus.

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Governor of Vermont

Biography

David Zuckerman (Vermont Progressive Party) is the Lieutenant Governor of Vermont. He assumed office on January 5, 2017. His current term ends on January 7, 2021.

Zuckerman (Democratic Party, Vermont Progressive Party) is running for election for Governor of Vermont. He is on the ballot in the general election on November 3, 2020. He advanced from the Democratic primary on August 11, 2020. He advanced as a write-in from the Vermont Progressive Party primary on August 11, 2020.

Zuckerman appeared on the ballot for his lieutenant gubernatorial bids as a Progressive/Democrat. He said after winning the 2016 Democratic primary, "I come from the Progressive side, but I'm running as a Democrat in the system, and I'll try to change it as I go."

Zuckerman is a former member of the Vermont State Senate, representing the Chittenden District from 2013 to 2017. He served in the state Senate as a Progressive/Democrat. He served in the Vermont House of Representatives representing Chittenden 3-4 from 1997 to 2011 as a Progressive Party member.

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Biography

Phil Scott (Republican Party) is the Governor of Vermont. He assumed office on January 5, 2017. His current term ends on January 7, 2021.

Scott (Republican Party) is running for re-election for Governor of Vermont. He is on the ballot in the general election on November 3, 2020. He advanced from the Republican primary on August 11, 2020.

Scott served three terms as lieutenant governor of Vermont from 2011 to 2017 alongside Gov. Peter Shumlin, a Democrat, making Vermont one of the few states to have a governor and lieutenant governor of different parties. He was a member of the Vermont State Senate from 2001 until 2010, representing Washington County.

Before entering politics, Scott was a co-owner of his family's construction business.

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