Am I eligible to vote?
You can vote in
Vermont ONLY if you:
are a citizen of the
United States, and;
are a resident of
Vermont and a resident of the town where you register to vote, and;
take, or have
previously taken, the Voter's Oath; and
are 18 years of age
or older (or will be 18 on or before the day of the election).
You cannot register to
vote in two places. If you have already registered in your hometown,
but decide to vote in your college town, you can re-register in your college
town. Once you register, your hometown will be notified and your name
will be removed from that voter checklist.
about Vermont Residency
In 1979, the United
States Supreme Court ruled that states must allow students to vote in the
communities where they attend school (United States v. Symm).
You can decide where you
reside for voting purposes. Vermont election law defines a resident
for voting purposes as "a person who is domiciled in the town as evidenced
by an intent to maintain a principal dwelling place in the town indefinitely
and to return there if temporarily absent, coupled with an act or acts
consistent with that intent." (17 V.S.A. §2122(b)).
This means that it is
your intent and action that determine residency, not how many nights a year
you sleep in the town. You may decide that your college dorm or
apartment is your "principal" dwelling for voting purposes because during
the school year you consider it to be your primary residence. You
might decide, instead, that your your parents' home is still your primary
It's your choice, but you
may only vote in one place.
types of residency in Vermont
In Vermont the law
provides a variety of definitions of residence. The fact that your are
a resident for voting purposes does not automatically make you a resident
for other purposes. For example, registering to vote in Vermont will
not get you in-state tuition at the University of Vermont (16 V.S.A. §2282)
or at a state college.
Also, just because you
registered to vote in Vermont does not mean that you will have to get a
Vermont driver's license or register your vehicle here (23 V.S.A. §4(30)).