Date: The next election in Lincoln will be on Tuesday, March 7, 2017. This will be an Australian ballot vote to select local town officials and also vote on local school budgets. Ballots will be available for early voting by February 15th.
Location of polling place: Burnham Hall basement, 52 East River Road, Lincoln, VT.
Polling hours: 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Early or Absentee Voting:
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 5:00 p.m. on the day preceding the election. Absentee ballot requests may be made by telephone, in person, in writing, by fax, e-mail, or through the My Voter Page login at http://mvp.sec.state.vt.us, and shall be valid for only one election, unless specified for a primary and the subsequent general election, if mailing to the same address.
A person may vote early, in person at the Town Clerk’s Office; by mail; 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 on the day of the election. 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 call the Town Clerk’s Office.
New : Vermont Secretary of State, Jim Condos, has announced the roll-out of the new Elections Management Platform. This platform has three main parts:
- Elections Management System (EMS) – includes a new statewide voter checklist and other resources and tools to be used by town and city clerks across Vermont to conduct all of their election related business – from registering voters, to processing absentee ballot requests, to entering election results;
- New Online Voter Registration Tool – allows all eligible Vermonters to submit their voter registration application online anytime and anywhere they can access the internet; and
- New “My Voter Page” – online resource that allows every registered voter to login and have access to a unique, voter-specific web page where they can request an absentee ballot, track its status, update their voter registration record, find their polling place, view a sample ballot, and much more.
Secretary Condos states, “I am very excited to announce the roll-out of Vermont’s first online voter registration system. One of my primary goals as Vermont’s chief election officer is to increase voter participation. I am confident that our new online voter registration system and the ‘My Voter Page’ tool will increase engagement with the electoral process across the state and make it easier than ever for all eligible Vermonters to participate in our elections.”
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 our regular hours don’t work for you, please call to make an appointment, or you may register online. The online voter registration page can be found at http://olvr.sec.state.vt.us.
Voter registration deadlines changed on Jan. 1, 2017, allowing voters to register up until and including polling hours on the election day. In order to avoid a delay at the polling place, it is highly recommended that you register in advance of any election as much as possible. This will allow town clerks to have enough time to process the application and add your name to the voter checklist.
Voting Options for Persons with Disabilities:
The entrances to the Burnham Hall Polling Place 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 East from the building, where there is better visibility for oncoming traffic.
If you are a voter who needs assistance with any aspect of voting, you can:
- Request an absentee ballot to take home with you, or have it mailed to you, prior to Election Day. (See Absentee Voting section above for details about how to request ballots for early voting.)
- 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.
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 call any of the Justices of the Peace or Selectboard members listed in the “Town Officers” section of this report.
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, which is available at the Town office upon request, or at www.lincolnvermont.org.
If you have any questions or need assistance while voting, ask your town clerk or any election official for help. Lincoln Town Office phone #: (802)453-2980, or to reach the Clerk on Election Day, call Burnham Hall at (802)453-3803.
NO PERSON SHALL:
- Vote more than once per election, either in the same town or in different towns.
- Mislead the board of civil authority about your own or another person’s true residency or other eligibility to vote.
- Hinder or impede a voter going into or from the polling place.
- Socialize in a manner that could disturb other voters in the polling place.
- Offer bribe, threaten or exercise undue influence to dictate or control the vote of another person.
FOR HELP OR INFORMATION: Call the Secretary of State’s Office at 1-800-439-VOTE (439-8683). (Accessible by TDD)
If you believe that any of your voting rights have been violated, you may file an Administrative Complaint with the Secretary of State’s Office, 26 Terrace Street, Montpelier, VT 05609-1101.
If you believe you have witnessed efforts to commit any kind of fraud or corruption in the voting process, you may report this to your local United States Attorney’s Office.
If you have witnessed actual or attempted acts of discrimination or intimidation in the voting process, you may report this to the Civil Rights Division of the United States Department of Justice at (800) 253-3931.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR VOTERS using Paper Ballots
CHECK-IN AND RECEIVE BALLOTS:
- Go to the entrance checklist table.
- Give name and, if asked, street address to the election official in a loud voice.
- Wait until your name is repeated and checked off by the official.
- An election official will give you a ballot.
- Enter within the guardrail and go to a vacant voting booth.
MARK YOUR BALLOT: For each office listed on the ballot, you will see instructions to “Vote for not more than one, or Vote for not more than two, etc.”
- To vote for a candidate, fill in the oval to the right of the name of the candidate you want to vote for.
- WRITE-IN candidate(s). To vote for someone whose name is not printed on the ballot, use the blank “write-in” lines on the ballot and either write-in the name or paste on sticker, then fill in the oval.
- Go to the exit checklist table and state your name in an audible voice.
- Wait until your name is repeated and checked off by the official.
CAST YOUR VOTE by depositing your voted ballot in “Voted Ballots” box or tabulator.
LEAVE the voting area immediately by passing outside the guardrail.