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Qualified Candidates for the Vermont Statewide Primary August 11, 2020

Due to the response to COVID-19, the requirements to file to run for office in Vermont have changed for the 2020 August Primary and November General Election. Click here to see Act 92.

Statewide candidates, please click here to see filing instructions due to Covid-19.

For the 2020 Primary and General Election, candidates DO NOT need to collect signatures to qualify for the ballot. Candidates must still hand in their consent of candidate form and any relevant financial documents with the appropriate official (see list below).

To obtain copies of any 2018 Candidate Financial disclosures please contact JP Isabelle at jp.isabelle@vermont.gov.

This page contains information for candidates for Statewide Office, the State Legislature, County Office, and Justice of the Peace

Primary Election - Tuesday, August 11, 2020 | General Election - Tuesday, November 3, 2020

The offices to be elected in 2020 include: U.S. President and Vice-President, U.S. Representative, Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Treasurer, Secretary of State, Auditor of Accounts, Attorney General, all (30) State Senate seats, all (150) State Representative seats, High Bailiff and Justices of the Peace.

All Candidates

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Consent of Candidate Required

You must file your Consent of Candidate form on or before the deadline. This applies to major party candidates in the primary election, independent candidates in the general election, and candidates nominated by party committee (except candidates for justice of the peace).

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Financial Disclosure Forms Required

Each candidate for non-federal statewide office, state senate, or state representative must also file a Financial Disclosure form prepared by the State Ethics Commission along with their Consent of Candidate. County office candidates are not required to file a Financial Disclosure.

Each candidate for non-federal statewide office (Governor, Lt. Governor, Treasurer, Secretary of State, Auditor, and Attorney General) are also required to file his or her most recent IRS Form 1040. The law allows for certain information to be redacted.

Questions regarding the Financial Disclosure form should be sent to the Vermont Ethics Commission at stateethicscommission@vermont.gov.

Major Party Candidates

Major party candidates file a consent of candidate form and financial disclosure in order to be placed on the ballot in the Primary Election (August 11, 2020). In order for a candidate to appear on the primary ballot, consent of candidate and financial forms must be filed with the appropriate filing officer no sooner than Thursday, May 14, 2020 and no later than 5 p.m. on Thursday, May 28, 2020.

Major Party, Consent of Candidate, Financial Disclosure and Instructions

Major party candidates may also be nominated by party committee in order to be placed on the General Election ballot in November, in the event their party does not nominate a candidate through the Primary. The statements of nomination, financial disclosure and consent of candidate forms must be filed by the designated political party committee no later than 5 p.m. on Monday, August 17, 2020 (six days after the Primary).

Major Party Committee Statement of Nomination, Financial Disclosure and Consent of Candidate

Minor Party Candidates 

Minor party candidates are nominated by party committee in order to be placed on the ballot in the General Election (November 3, 2020). The statements of nomination, financial disclosure and consent of candidate forms must be filed by the designated political party committee no sooner than Monday, April 27, 2020 and no later than 5 p.m. on Thursday, August 6, 2020. All statements of nomination and consent of candidate forms, except those for justice of the peace, are filed with the Secretary of State. (Justice of the peace forms are filed with the town clerk, see below.) For more information on the minor party nomination process, see the bottom of this page.

Minor Party Committee Statement of Nomination, Financial Disclosure and Consent of Candidate

Independent Candidates (except Justice of the Peace, see below for Justice of the Peace forms)

Independent candidates file a consent of candidate form and financial disclosure form with the Secretary of State in order to be placed on the ballot in the General Election (November 3, 2020). Independent candidates for justice of the peace file with the town clerk. Independent candidate’s statement of nomination and consent forms must be filed no sooner than Thursday, July 23, 2020 and no later than 5 p.m. on Thursday, August 6, 2020.

Independent Candidate Consent of Candidate, Financial Disclosure and Instructions

Justices of the Peace (Major & Minor Party)

Major and minor party justice of the peace candidates are nominated by town caucus or town party committee in order to be placed on the ballot in the General Election (November 3, 2020). The caucus must be held on or before the Primary Election. If a town fails to hold a caucus, nominations may be made thereafter by party committee. In either case, the committee chair or secretary must file the statement of nomination with the town clerk no later than 5 p.m. Friday, August 14, 2020 (three days after the primary). No financial disclosure or consent of candidate form is required for justice of the peace nominations.

Justice of the Peace Statement of Nomination by Party Committee

Justices of the Peace (Independent)

Independent justice of the peace candidates file a consent of candidate form with the town clerk in order to be placed on the ballot in the general election (November 3, 2020). These consent forms must be filed no sooner than Monday, April 27, 2020 and no later than 5 p.m. Friday, August 14, 2020 (3 days after the primary).

Independent Justice of the Peace Consent of Candidate and Instructions

Where to File Candidate Paperwork

(PLEASE NOTE:  FOR THE 2020 ELECTION NO SIGNATURES ARE REQUIRED)

Major Party Candidates

Office Sought

Number of Signatures Required

Place to File

State/Congressional Officers

No signatures required

Office of the Secretary of State

State Senate

No signatures required

Senatorial District Clerks

State Representative

No signatures required

Representative District Clerks

County Office (Probate & Asst./Side Judges, State’s Attorney, Sheriff, High Bailiff)

No signatures required

County Clerk

 

Independent Candidates

Office Sought

Number of Signatures Required

Place to File

State/Congressional Officers

No signatures required

Office of the Secretary of State

State Senate

No signatures required

Office of the Secretary of State

State Representative

No signatures required

Office of the Secretary of State

County Office (Probate & Asst./Side Judges, State’s Attorney, Sheriff, High Bailiff)

No signatures required

Office of the Secretary of State

Justice of the Peace

No signatures required

Town Clerk



Contact Information

Elections Division

William Senning, Director

128 State Street

Montpelier, VT 05633-1101

802-828-2363

will.senning@vermont.gov

Admin./General Inquiries

Lori Bjornlund

802-828-2464

lori.bjornlund@vermont.gov

Camp. Finance/Legal/General Inquiries

JP Isabelle

802-828-2304

jp.isabelle@vermont.gov

Lobbying

Elizabeth "Liz" Harrington

802-828-0771

liz.harrington@vermont.gov

Town Clerks/Voter Registration

Lelonie Oatway

802-828-1931

lelonie.oatway@vermont.gov

Mailing Address

Office of the Secretary of State

Elections Division

128 State Street

Montpelier, VT 05633-1101


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