How to vote from your hospital bed


Anytime Before the Election

Register to Vote!

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September 19, 2020

The absentee voting period starts during this day, 45 days before Election Day. You may request an absentee ballot if hospitalized through a personal representative or through your state voter page here.

5 PM on November 2, 2020

Your absentee ballot request must be received before 5 PM or by the close of your local town clerk's office (whichever time is earlier) on the day before the election in order to receive your absentee ballot. If you are hospitalized after this date, you are encouraged to still submit an application because it may still be approved on a case-to-case basis, but this is not guaranteed.

7 PM on November 3, 2020 (Election Day)

Your ballot must be received by your local town clerk before the close of their office on the day before Election Day or to a local polling place by 7 PM on Election Day, in order to be counted.






Check Your Voter Registration

Check if you are registered to vote at or at


Complete an Emergency Absentee Ballot Application

Starting 45 days before the election (September 19), you are eligible to apply for an absentee mail-in ballot to send from your hospital bed. A link to the online application for an absentee ballot online can be found here and you may also find a paper copy to fill out here.

If you're unable to access a printer, contact your Patient Voting team at and we will help deliver materials to you


Return Your Application

You have several potential methods of returning your application. If you filled out an online application on your My Voter Page, this will be received by your town clerk and will be processed automatically. Alternatively, an early or absentee voter, or an authorized family member or health care provider acting in the voter's behalf, may apply for an early voter absentee ballot by telephone, in person, or in writing. However, your representative will not be allowed to bring back your ballot. A location for your town clerks can be found here.

Your application request must be received by 5 PM or by the close of your town clerk's office (whichever time is earlier) on the day before the election. Even if you are hospitalized after this date, you are still encouraged to apply because your application may be accepted on a case-by-case basis, but this is not guaranteed.


Obtain Your Ballot

There are two potential methods by which your ballot may be delivered.

  1. Starting in 2018, Vermont has introduced a new accessible voting system that will deliver your ballot to you electronically through your My Voter Page. The system also contains an online-based ballot marking interface which will enable voters with disabilities to vote privately and independently from home during the early voting period. After filling out your ballot electronically, you will still have to print it out and send it back to your town clerk. Please contact your town clerk about these accommodations and more information on this system can be found here.

  2. Two justices of the peace (of different parties when possible) may also deliver a ballot directly to you, and then will bring the ballot back to the polling place so that it can be placed in the ballot box and counted.



Fill out your ballot! 


Return your Completed Ballot

Early or absentee voter ballots must be returned to the town clerk’s office before the close of business on the day before the election (be sure to check your town clerk’s hours) or to the polling place by 7 p.m. on Election Day. The ballots may be returned by mail or in person, unless the ballots were delivered by justices of the peace who would then return them to the town clerk. If you were delivered your ballot electronically, you must still print it out after filling it out and arrange for it to be delivered. The ballot can be returned to the clerk or delivered to the polling place by the voter or any representative the voter authorizes to return the ballot for him or her.





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17 V.S.A. § 2531

17 V.S.A. § 2538

Any voter can apply for an absentee ballot until the day before the election. If an absentee voter needs their ballot delivered, then two justices of the peace (one from each party) will deliver a ballot to the voter.


COVID-19 and Patient Voting

Here is how COVID-19 is affecting Patient Voting in this state:

Vermont is a no-excuse absentee voting state so any absentee voter may apply for an early mail-in ballot so that you do not have to be present at a polling location in-person to vote. A link to the online application for an absentee ballot online can be found here and you may also find a paper copy to fill out here. There have also been deliberations within Vermont about mailing mail-in ballots to all voters, regardless of whether they have requested one, but no official decision has been made. The most up-to-date news on voting in Vermont can be found here.

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