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The Vergennes Board of Civil Authority met January 31, 2018 to discuss polling hours in the City. The Board of Civil Authority (BCA) makes decisions challenging and purging voters, determines the polling places and hours the polls will be open, and serve as election officials at the polling place. Justices of the peace may deliver absentee ballots to voters who are ill or who have a disability and request personal delivery. It is important to be aware that the BCA does not set the hours for voting by Australian ballot at the annual city meeting vote. On the first Tuesday of March the polls must be open between the hours of 9:00 am and 7:00 pm, as directed by the charter of the City of Vergennes. Until such time as the city charter is amended to change those hours, the decision of the BCA was to maintain the 9:00 am until 7:00 pm polling hours, to avoid any confusion for voters.

We’d like to remind you that in Vermont we make it easy to vote. You may vote 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. Remember, any voter can:

1. Vote in the city clerk’s office any time after the ballots are available. The city clerk’s office is open Monday-Friday, 8:00 am until 4:30 pm.

2. Request the city clerk mail them an early voter absentee ballot. This ballot will arrive with a return envelope so that the ballot, once voted, can be returned to the clerk and safely stored to be counted on Election Day. The clerk must receive the ballot by the close of polls on Election Day in order for it to be counted. An absentee ballot can be requested up until 4:30 pm the day prior to an election.

3. Pick up your ballot at the city clerk’s office at any time after the ballots are available. A voted absentee ballot can be hand delivered in a sealed envelope to the clerk on, or prior to, Election Day. The ballot can be returned by the voter or any person the voter authorizes to return the ballot. A person can only pick up his or her own ballot from the clerk’s office.

4. If you are sick or have a disability, a ballot can be delivered to your home on Election Day. You may request an absentee ballot up until 4:30 p.m. on the day before the election. Two justices of the peace (of different parties when possible) will deliver a ballot 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. All early voter absentee ballots must be returned to the city clerk’s office before the close of the office on the day before the election, or to the polling place before 7 p.m. on the day of the election, in order to be counted. If you have any questions, please call the clerk’s office at 802-877-2841. You will also find more information on the Secretary of State’s website.