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Voter Registration



Just a reminder: the one on the bottom changes things a lot faster.

Randolph Center Voter Registration:
Sept. 11-14
Morey Lobby and the Campus Center

Williston Voter Registration:
Sept. 11, 11:00-1:00
Student Lounge, 200 Building

Nursing Sites Voter Registration:
Sept. 10-14
See your site administrator for forms.

This is a Presidential Election year, and therefore a very important election for you to exercise your right to vote!

If you are not already registered to vote in your home town, we are offering you the opportunity to register here at Vermont Tech. Please read the rules carefully, and you can then make an informed decision about registering here. We will register you in your hometown if you choose. We will register you, give you the Voters Oath, and send the paperwork to your town clerk.

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.

Legal Stuff about Vermont Residency
  • In 1979, the United State Supreme Court ruled that stats 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 parents' home is still your primary residence.
It's your choice, but you may only vote in one place.

Other types of residency in Vermont

In Vermont the law provides a variety of definitions of residence. The fact that you 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 register 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(3)).

Change your classes.
Change your hairstyle.
Change your bank.
Change your lifestyle.
Change your attitude.
Change your shoes.

Change your world: VOTE.

It may be the best change you make all year.

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