Presidential Candidates

2016 Vermont Presidential Election Information

General Information

  • Write-in votes are allowed and no declaration of candidacy is required for write-in candidates.
  • All presidential candidates must file a petition, signed by 1,000 registered Vermont voters, with the Vermont secretary of state.
  • A Consent of Candidate form is required for all presidential and vice presidential candidates, and for each elector selected by the presidential candidate.
  • Vermont law does not prohibit the use of paid circulators for collection of signatures on petitions. However, we strongly caution that you have a trusted campaign staff person review the petition before it is submitted. Our office will carefully check each signature and reject obvious forgeries.
  • Vermont has three electoral votes.
  • For major party (Democratic, Progressive, Republican) presidential candidates, a $2,000 filing fee is required.* There is no filing fee for independent presidential candidates.

    * If the petition of a candidate is accompanied by the affidavit of the candidate, available for public inspection, that the candidate and the candidate’s campaign committee are without sufficient funds to pay the filing fee, the secretary of state shall waive all but $300.00 of the payment of the filing fee by that candidate. 17 V.S.A. §2702

View the major parties in Vermont.



The following links contain all the forms that each candidate must file with the Office of the Secretary of State. (Each link is a PDF document.)

Election Calendar

January 11

Presidential primary petitions and consent forms for major party candidates shall be filed with the secretary of state not later than 5 p.m. (signed by at least 1,000 registered Vermont voters). 17 V.S.A. §§ 2103(13), 2702, 2353, 2354, 2358

January 16

Town clerks will receive presidential primary ballots by this date (not later than 45 days before the election). 17 V.S.A. §§ 2479

March 1

Presidential Primary and Town Meeting

17 V.S.A. § 2701

March 8

The canvassing committee for national offices shall meet at 10 a.m. one week after the day of election to certify results of the presidential primary. 17 V.S.A. § 2607

April 25

First day to file petitions and consent forms for independent presidential candidates and statements of nomination and consent forms for minor party presidential candidates. 17 V.S.A. §2356, 2361, 2402(d)

May 26 

Statements of nomination and consent forms for minor party presidential candidates are due by 5 p.m. 17 V.S.A. §§ 2356, 2361

August 1

Petitions and consent forms for independent presidential candidates are due by 5 p.m.  17 V.S.A. §§ 2356, 2361, 2402(d)

September 15

Major party chair must certify in writing the names of the presidential and vice presidential candidates selected at the party’s national convention (47 days before the general election).  17 V.S.A. § 2716

November 8

General Election Day

All polling places may open no earlier than 5 a.m. and no later than 10 a.m. and must close at 7 p.m. 17 V.S.A. § 2561

Mailing Address:
Office of the Secretary of State
Attn: Elections Division
128 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05633-1101

Contact Elections if you have any questions.


This page was last updated: 2019-01-07