Mailed Ballot Information & FAQ

Thank you for voting. Please note, the information below pertains to the November 2020 general election. 

The Vermont Secretary of State will be sending general election ballots to every registered voter by October 1st for folks registered by August 31st. You can still vote by mail even if you do not automatically receive a ballot. You can also vote in person on November 3rd at your normal polling location. 

How do I know if the Secretary of State is sending me a ballot by mail?
You can check the status of your ballot at If your address is accurate in this system, you will receive a ballot by October 1st. If you cannot find your name, do not stress! The system is a little wonky with some last names that include hyphens or apostrophes and may not appear. If you  do not receive a ballot by October 1st, you can request a ballot from the Burlington City Clerk by calling 865-7000. 

How do I register to vote?

You can register on-line right up until Election Day and/or in-person on Election Day. Go to

How do I change my voter registration information?

If you change your address within Burlington, you can use this city form to update your address. Otherwise, go to to update your address from another town/state. 

I have never voted by mail before. What should I know?

It is easy! First read the instructions! If you miss the signature line or do not seal the completed ballot it can be considered invalid and not counted, so it is worth reading instructions. You can fill out the ballot whenever it is convenient for you and take your time to research candidates. Make sure to fill in the ovals with a dark pen. If you make a mistake, call the Clerk (865-7000) and ask for further instructions on how to return the incorrect ballot and get a new one. That is allowed! We all make mistakes. 

You can check the status of your returned ballot by visiting to make sure it was received and processed. This is where you can also see if the ballot had a mistake and was considered invalid. if this is the case, call the Clerk (865-7000) to request a new ballot. 

When do I need to return my ballot?

You can return your ballot in one of two ways. You can mail the ballot. Ballots must be received in the mail (different than postmarked) by Monday, November 2nd to be counted.

You can also return the ballot in person at City Hall at 149 Church Street (Mon-Fri 8:30-4:30pm) OR at one of three outside drop boxes throughout the city ANYTIME of day or in person at the polls on November 3rd.  

The three outside drop boxes are located at:


Downtown: City Hall (on Main St, across from the Flynn) 

South End: DPW – 645 Pine Street 

North End: Fire Station #2 (Boardman) – 132 North Ave

Where do I drop off ballots on Election Day and/or vote in person?

Chittenden 6-2 voters vote in the following three locations based on your Ward: 

Ward 3: Sustainability Academy, 123 North St.
Ward 7: Miller Community and Recreation Center, 130 Gosse Ct. 

Ward 4: St. Mark’s Youth Center, 1271 North Ave.

Polls will be open from 7am to 7pm on Election Day and will be following COVID safety precautions to keep voters and poll workers safe. 


What happens if I loose my ballot?
You can still vote! You can request a new ballot from the Clerk (865-7000) before Election Day by completing an affidavit to confirm you did not vote yet. You can also go to the polls on Election Day and complete the affidavit and vote in person.

Can I vote on Election Day without my mailed ballot?
Yes! You can still vote in-person on Election Day even if you did not complete or return your mailed ballot. You will be asked to complete an affidavit to confirm you did not vote yet and will then be given a standard ballot to complete. 

I have more questions!
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