Elections & Voting

Elections & Voting

TOWN MEETING: Held on the first Tuesday of every March.

What is Town Meeting Day?  What happens on Town Meeting Day?  How did Town Meetings begin? Did you know the first Town Meeting in Vermont was held in Bennington in 1762?   For a brief history of Town Meetings in Vermont, check out A Citizen’s Guide To Vermont Town Meeting.

“Town Meeting Day is the whole point of being a Vermonter”, says Paul Gillis, in his article, A Final Word On Town Meeting.

The PlymouthTown Meeting is held at the Town Municipal Building, with discussion regarding the Town budget on the first Monday of March @ 7:00 pm followed by the School budget discussion. Voting by Australian Ballot takes place the following day. Polls are open from 10am – 7pm.

 

PRIMARY ELECTION:  A primary election shall be held on the fourth Tuesday in August in each even numbered year for the nomination of candidates of major political parties for all offices to be voted for at the succeeding general election, except candidates for president and vice president of the United States, their electors, and justices of the peace. 17 V.S.A. § 2351

 

GENERAL ELECTION: Held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November in each even numbered year.

During general elections in Vermont, elections are held for the positions of Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Treasurer, Secretary of State, Auditor of Accounts, Attorney General, State Senator, State Representative, State’s Attorney, Sheriff, High Bailiff, County Clerk, and Probate Judge. Officials elected to these offices are elected for a term of two years.

Your Vote Couts

Your Vote Counts…It is your Right~

VOTER REGISTRATION INFORMATION:    For everything you need to know about voting in Vermont, visit the Vermont Secretary of State’s website:

To vote in the Town of Plymouth, you must be:
1  a citizen of the United States;
2. a resident of Vermont and a resident of the town of Plymouth;
3. take, or have previously taken, the Voter’s Oath (formerly called the   “Freeman’s Oath”); and
4. be 18 years of age or more.

Once you are registered to vote you do not need to re-register unless you move to a new town. In order to be eligible to vote in a particular election, your Application for Addition to the Checklist must be received by 5:00 p.m. on the Wednesday preceding the day of the election. The town and city clerk’s offices must be open at least from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on this Wednesday. If you apply through the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) or another voter registration agency, your application must be postmarked or accepted before the Wednesday preceding the election.

If you have any questions, please contact the Plymouth Town Clerk’s Office at
Phone: (802)-672-3655; Fax:  (802) 672-5466

DATES TO REMEMBER:

Wednesday, February 26, 2014- Last Day to Register To Vote for 2014 Town Meeting to be held March 4, 2014

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 – Last Day to Register To Vote for the Primary Election to be held August 26, 2014.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014 – Last Day to Register To Vote for the General Election to be held November 4, 2014.
ABSENTEE BALLOTS:  In Vermont we make it easy to vote.  If you will be out of town, are on military duty overseas, or just prefer to vote early or by mail, you can vote by early voter absentee ballot.  Voting starts as soon as ballots are available, not later than 45 days before the primary or general election and 20 days prior to a municipal election that uses the Australian Ballot.

All early voter absentee ballot requests must be submitted by 5:00 pm or the close of the Town Clerk’s office on the day before the election. A request for an early voter absentee ballot is good for only one year.


FORMS FROM THE STATE OF VERMONT

Vermont Voter Registration Form

Request for Early Absentee Voter Ballot

Vermont’s Vote-by-Phone (at the polls) Voting System

Voter Checklists in Vermont


For more information regarding Primary & General Elections, Town Clerks, Campaign Finance, Lobbyists, Voting, Town Meetings, Running for Office, etc., contact Jim Condos, Vermont Secretary of State, at 128 State Street, Montpelier, VT 05633-1101, (802) 828-2363, or visit: http://vermont-elections.org/soshome.htm