Nominations, Petitions for Candidate for Office:
Note: in 2021 due to the pandemic, no nominating petition is required, in order to have your name printed on the ballot for the annual town and school election. Only a completed “consent of candidate” form shall be submitted to the Town Clerk by Jan. 25 at 5:00 p.m.
Nominations of the municipal officers shall be by petition. The petition shall be filed with the Town Clerk, together with a written consent of the prospective nominee to the printing of his/her name on the ballot, no later than 5:00 p.m. on the sixth Monday preceding the day of the election. A petition shall contain the name of only one candidate. A person consenting to be nominated may withdraw by notifying the Town Clerk in writing no later than 5:00 pm on the Wednesday after the filing deadline.
Applications to be added to the Voter Checklist:
A person who desires to register to vote in an election shall, during regular hours, file an application in the office of the Town Clerk in which he/she claims to be a resident. If the regular hours don’t work for you, please call to make an appointment. Online registration is available at: https://olvr.vermont.gov/ Applications shall be accepted until 7:00 p.m. on the day of the election.
A voter, who expects to be an absent voter, or an authorized person on his/her behalf, may apply to the Town Clerk for early/absentee ballots until 2:00 p.m. on the day preceding the election. Absentee ballot requests may be made online at: https://mvp.vermont.gov/ , by telephone, in person, in writing, by fax or e-mail, and shall be valid for only one election.
A person may vote early by mail; in person at the Town Clerk’s Office (please make an appointment); by picking your ballot up and bringing it home to be voted; or, if ill or needing help, a pair of Justices will bring the ballot to your home. We must hand or mail early ballots directly to the voter, you cannot send a courier to pick one up for you. Please leave enough time for mailing, especially if you will be overseas, or if you are unable to come in to the office. If you have questions regarding absentee voting, please contact the Town Clerk’s Office.
Town Meeting Day Access for Persons with Disabilities:
The entrances to the Burnham Hall Town Meeting are the basement doors closest to East River Road on both sides of the building. The entrance on the Southeast side of Burnham Hall is also a drive-up handicapped entrance, accessible via the U-shaped driveway. Voters with limited mobility are encouraged to use this drive-up entrance. For traffic flow safety, please enter the driveway at the end nearest the building, and exit back onto the road at the end farthest from the building, where there is better visibility for oncoming traffic.
An elevator is located off the hallway between the bathrooms, which will take you to the second floor where town meeting is held. Please contact the Town Clerk or a Board of Civil Authority member if you have questions or need assistance.
If you are a voter who needs assistance with any aspect of voting, you may:
- Request an absentee ballot to take home with you, or have it mailed to you, prior to Election Day. (You cannot send someone else to pick up the ballot for you, so leave enough time for mailing, if you can’t come into the office to pick it up yourself. We must hand the blank ballot to the voter.)
- Bring someone with you to help you vote.
- Ask for two Election Officials to help you vote.
- Ask for curbside voting (two Election Officials will bring your ballot out to your vehicle).
- Request that a pair of Justices bring a ballot to your home.
- Ask about using a ballot marking tool, which is available for statewide and federal elections.
If you have suggestions, or if there is any other way we can assist you with voting, please call the Town Clerk ahead of time, so we can be sure to accommodate your needs. You can also contact any of the Justices of the Peace or Selectboard members for assistance.
The Lincoln Board of Civil Authority (BCA) would like to remind members of the community that campaign electioneering communications are regulated by Vermont Law, V.S.A. Title 17, Subchapter 8, Sections 2891, 2892, and 2893. The BCA has adopted a Polling Place Code of Conduct (see below), which is also available at the Town office upon request.
Polling Place Code of Conduct
Lincoln, Vermont Polling Place Code of Conduct
Adopted by the Lincoln Board of Civil Authority
January 18, 2017
1. No campaigning materials may be worn, or displayed inside the polling place, by poll workers, voters, or the general public. 17V.S.A2508(a)(1)(2)
2. No use of personal electronic communication devices in the polling place, please.
3. People campaigning outside the polling place must stand ten (10) feet off the sidewalks and parking areas, and may not impede voters from entering or exiting. No signs or campaign materials may be left on the Polling Place property. Campaign signs unaccompanied by a person, will be removed by the Presiding Officer on Election Day.
4. Campaign literature, for the purposes of aiding a voter, may be carried into and removed from the voting booth by the voter.
5. Voters place their own ballot(s) into the ballot box. 17 V.S.A. 2506
6. Poll watchers must stand to the side of the poll workers.
7. Poll watchers may not speak to the poll workers while they are working. If the poll watcher has objections, he/she must discuss them with the Presiding Officer, not the poll worker. The poll watcher may periodically look at the entrance/exit checklists, with the permission of the Presiding Officer.
8. Any person should ask permission from the Presiding Officer before photographing or interviewing poll workers. At no time should poll workers be interrupted from doing their jobs.
9. Surveys, exit polls, or other solicitations are not allowed inside the designated polling place.
10. If at any time, a question arises, the Presiding Officer alone or along with any Lincoln Board of Civil Authority member present, will make a decision about conduct at the polling place. 17 V.S.A. 2451
11. If concerns or questions about this policy exist, please let the Town Clerk know, and they will be addressed at a properly warned meeting of the Lincoln Board of Civil Authority at another time. Rules will not be changed on an election day.