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2020 Vermont Presidential Candidate Information


Qualified Candidates for the Vermont Presidential Primary - March 3, 2020

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General Information
  • Write-in votes are allowed and no declaration of candidacy is required for write-in candidates.
  • All Major and independent 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 or 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

 

Forms

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

For comprehensive event listings and information, please visit the Elections Division Calendar

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December 16

Major party presidential candidate primary petitions, consent forms, and the filing fee 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(b), 2353, 2354, 2358

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January 17

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

March 3

Presidential Primary and Town Meeting 17 V.S.A. § 2701

March 10

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 27

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

August 3

Deadline for independent presidential candidates to file petitions and consent forms. Forms must be filed by 5 p.m. 17 V.S.A. §§ 2103(13), 2356, 2361, 2402(d)

August 6

Deadline for minor party presidential candidates to file statements of nomination and consent forms. Forms must be filed by 5 p.m. 17 V.S.A. §§ 2356, 2361, 2386(c)(1)

September 1

Major party chair must certify in writing the names of the presidential and vice presidential candidates selected at the party’s national convention (65 days before the general election).  17 V.S.A. § 2716

November 3 - 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

 

Correspondence

Please direct all elections related correspondence to:

Office of the Secretary of State, Attn: Elections Division

128 State Street, Montpelier, Vermont 05633-1101

Contact our office with questions: sos.elections@vermont.gov



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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