Elections & Voting

PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY:  A presidential primary shall be held on the first Tuesday in March in a presidential election year (every 4 years) for the nomination of candidates for the office of President of the United States to be voted for at the succeeding Presidential Election, held in November of the same year.

2016 was a Presidential Election year with a Presidential Primary being held on Tuesday, March 1, 2016.  Eden voters cast their ballot at the Eden Central School, Knowles Flat Rd, Eden, VT from 9AM to 7PM.  To view the the results of the vote, click on the links below:

March 2016 Presidential Primary Results

PRIMARY ELECTION:  A primary election shall be held on the second Tuesday in August in each even numbered year for the nomination of candidates of major political parties for all offices to be voted for at the succeeding general election, except candidates for president and vice president of the United States, their electors, and justices of the peace. 17 V.S.A. § 2351

In 2016, the primary election was held on Tuesday, August 9th.  Voting took place at the Eden Town Office from 8AM to 7PM.

 

Early and Absentee voting is always available.  You or a family member can request early ballots in person, in writing or by telephone.  An authorized person can request ballots for you in writing.  Early absentee voting may take place 45 days before the election by one of the following methods:

  1. Vote in town clerk’s office.
  2. Voter may take the ballots out of the clerk’s office for him or herself and return in same manner as if the ballots were received by mail.
  3. Have ballot mailed to you and return it to the clerk’s office before Election Day or to polling place before 7PM on Election Day.
  4. If you are sick or disabled, you may ask the town clerk to have two justices of the peace bring a ballot to you at your home on any day preceding the day of the election (once ballots are prepared) or the day of election.

TOWN MEETING: Held on the first Tuesday of every March.

What is Town Meeting Day?  What happens on Town Meeting Day?  How did Town Meetings begin? Did you know the first Town Meeting in Vermont was held in Bennington in 1762?   For a brief history of Town Meetings in Vermont, check out A Citizen’s Guide To Vermont Town Meeting.

“Town Meeting Day is the whole point of being a Vermonter”, says Paul Gillis, in his article, A Final Word On Town Meeting.

The Eden Town Meeting is held at the Eden Central School, with discussion regarding the Town budget in the morning and the School budget discussion after lunch at 1:00 pm.

To view the warnings and results for the town and school meetings, click on the links below:

3-1-2016 Town Warning
Town Summary Results 3-1-16

3-1-2016 School Warning
School Summary Results 3-1-16

Also on Town Meeting Day, ballots can be cast on the Lamoille North Modified Unified Union School District #58 proposed budgets.  The annual Lamoille North Modified Unified Union School District #58 meeting is held on Monday, February 20, 2017 at 7PM at the Green Mountain Technology & Career Center Community Education Center in Hyde Park.  To view the warning for this meeting and the sample ballot for its budget, click on the links below:

LNMUU Annual Meeting Warning 2017

LNMUU Ballots 3-7-2017

 


GENERAL ELECTION: Held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November in each even numbered year.

During general elections in Vermont, elections are held for the positions of Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Treasurer, Secretary of State, Auditor of Accounts, Attorney General, State Senator, State Representative, State’s Attorney, Sheriff, High Bailiff, County Clerk, and Probate Judge. Officials elected to these offices are elected for a term of two years.

In 2016, the General Election was held on November 8, 2016.  Voting at the Eden Town Office took place from 8AM to 7PM.  To view the General Election results, click on the link below:

Results of General Election Summary Tally Sheet

To view election results for the State of Vermont please visit:  sec.state.vt.us/elections.aspx

 

 

 

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VOTER REGISTRATION INFORMATION:    For everything you need to know about voting in Vermont, visit the Vermont Secretary of State’s website:

To vote in the Town of Eden, you must be:
1  a citizen of the United States;
2. a resident of Vermont and a resident of the town of Eden;
3. take, or have previously taken, the Voter’s Oath (formerly called the     “Freeman’s Oath”); and
4. be 18 years of age or more.

Once you are registered to vote you do not need to re-register unless you move to a new town. In order to be eligible to vote in a particular election, your Application for Addition to the Checklist must be received by 5:00 p.m. on the Wednesday preceding the day of the election. The town and city clerk’s offices must be open at least from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on this Wednesday. If you apply through the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) or another voter registration agency, your application must be postmarked or accepted before the Wednesday preceding the election.

If you have any questions, please contact the Eden Town Clerk’s Office at (802) 635-2528.


ABSENTEE BALLOTS:  In Vermont we make it easy to vote.  If you will be out of town, are on military duty overseas, or just prefer to vote early or by mail, you can vote by early voter absentee ballot.  Voting starts as soon as ballots are available, not later than 45 days before the primary or general election and 20 days prior to a municipal election that uses the Australian Ballot. 

All early voter absentee ballot requests must be submitted by 5:00 pm or the close of the Town Clerk’s office on the day before the election. A request for an early voter absentee ballot is good for only one year.


FORMS FROM THE STATE OF VERMONT

Vermont Voter Registration Form

Request for Early Absentee Voter Ballot

Vermont’s Vote-by-Phone (at the polls) Voting System

Voter Checklists in Vermont


For more information regarding Primary & General Elections, Town Clerks, Campaign Finance, Lobbyists, Voting, Town Meetings, Running for Office, etc., contact Jim Condos, Vermont Secretary of State, at 128 State Street, Montpelier, VT 05633-1101, (802) 828-2363, or visit: http://vermont-elections.org/soshome.htm