Secretary of State Jim Condos reminds Vermonters that in the
General Election of 2010, Vermont voters overwhelmingly approved a
Constitutional Amendment to allow 17-year-olds who will turn 18 on
or before the day of the November General Election to participate
in the Presidential Primary and the August Primary for the year
that the voter will be 18 by the General Election.
Three young women, Ellie Beckett, Courtney Mattison and Katie
Levasseur, proposed the change. They worked hard to encourage the
legislature to pass the amendment that eventually was
approved by 80% of the voters.
"Any person who turns 18 on or before November 6, 2012 can register
to vote, cast a Presidential Primary ballot on March 6, 2012 (but
not a town meeting ballot), and cast a ballot at the August 2012
Primary," stated Secretary Condos.
However, 17-year-olds cannot take the voter's oath until they turn
18. Once they are 18, they can go to the Town Clerks office to take
the oath, take the oath on Election Day at the polling place, or
submit a copy of the original application to the voter registration
checklist with the oath section completed. (The Primary Elections
are a political party nominating processes so a person can
participate before taking the voter's oath.)
In order to vote in the Presidential Primary at town meeting,
eligible potential voters must have their registration forms
submitted to their town clerk's office by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb.
29. Any interested seventeen year olds can obtain an
application to the checklist from their town clerk.