TOWN MEETING WILL BE DIFFERENT IN 2021, THERE WILL BE NO IN-PERSON MEETING. ALL VOTING WILL BE DONE BY AUSTRALIAN BALLOT.
Date: The Annual Town and School District Election will be held on Tuesday, March 2, 2021. Our polling place will be at BURNHAM HALL, 52 East River Road. Polls will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Voters are encouraged to vote absentee, for the safety of our community and poll workers during the pandemic. Please request your ballots early so we have time to mail them and for you to get them back to us. Voted ballots may be returned via mail, deposited in the secure drop box outside the town office at 62 Quaker Street, or brought to the polling place on Election Day. All voted ballots must be received by the close of polls at 7:00 p.m. on March 2, in order to be counted. Be sure to READ and follow all instructions when voting absentee, or your vote may not count!
If you prefer to vote at the polls on Election Day, please wear a mask and bring your own black or blue pen when you come. We ask voters to maintain 6 feet of distance from people at the polling place, and do not come to the polling place if you are ill or caring for someone with Covid-19. Instead, call the Town Clerk for assistance. Thank you for helping to keep our community safe.
See sample ballot here: (TBA)
Lincoln’s election results will be posted outside the door of the town office, at the Lincoln General Store, and at: https://vtelectionresults.sec.state.vt.us/Index.html#/
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 2:00 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. 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.
Vermont Secretary of State, Jim Condos, has established an Elections Management Platform. This platform has three main parts:
- Vermont Elections Management System (VEMS) – includes a 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;
- Online Voter Registration Tool – allows all eligible Vermonters to submit their voter registration application online anytime and anywhere they can access the internet; and
- “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.
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 they claim 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.
Voters may register up until 7:00 p.m. 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 various abilities:
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.
- Ask about the new accessible ballot marking device for voters, which will be available for all 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.
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.
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, please 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 Australian ballots
CHECK-IN AND RECEIVE BALLOTS:
- Go to the entrance checklist table.
- Give your 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 a 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 the proper ballot box or tabulator.
LEAVE the voting area immediately by passing outside the guardrail.