Town Meeting

The 2021 Town Meeting will be held by Australian ballot on Tuesday, March 2nd.


Selectboard Informational Meeting: Monday, March 1, 2021 to be held remotely. Information about how to attend online or by phone to be posted later.

Local Elections.   Please note: Act 162 of the 2020 Vermont General Assembly allows local municipalities to hold their annual meetings by Australian ballot and also provides that candidates for local office are not required to submit nominating petitions to have their names placed on their ballot. To have a name on the ballot for local office, a Consent of Candidate form (https://sos.vermont.gov/media/e3pkphur/local-candidate-consent-pdf.pdf) must be filed with the town clerk by 5:00 p.m. on the sixth Monday preceding the day of election.  The clerk’s office is currently closed to the public, the drop box will be checked at 5:00 p.m. on the filing deadline date.

Australian Ballot - Polling place and hours:
Residents of the Village of Essex Junction vote at Essex High School, 2 Educational Drive, Tuesday, March 2, 2021, 7 AM to 7 PM.

Residents of the Town outside of the Village of Essex Junction vote at Essex Middle School, 58 Founders Drive, Essex Junction, Tuesday, March 2, 2021, 7 AM to 7 PM

Voter Registration:  If you are not already registered in Essex, you may print and fill out this application https://sos.vermont.gov/media/nesb43yw/2017-voter-app.pdf and either mail the completed form to 81 Main Street or leave in drop box at town office.  New Vermont residents must provide proof of residence (see instructions on form).  You can also register online at https://olvr.vermont.gov/  or at the polling place for same day registration. All that is required for voter registration is your VT driver’s license number, or if you do not have a VT driver’s license, the last four digits of your social security number.

Early/Absentee Ballots Requests and Deadline:  Early/Absentee ballots may be requested online at https://mvp.vermont.gov/  or email clerk@essex.org. The town clerk’s office is closed to the public so there will be no in-office early voting.  All early/absentee ballots must be returned to the clerk’s office by Monday, March 1st or delivered directly to the polling place before the close of polls on March 2nd.

Voting instructions at the polling place:  Enter polls to check-in table, state name and street address, receive ballot, proceed and enter voting booth, mark your ballot in the voting booth (if you tear, deface of wrongly mark your ballot, return it to the election worker to receive another ballot), proceed to the ballot tabulator, cast ballot, exit polling area.

Problems at the Polls:  Anyone needing assistance with voting or help with a problem at the polls should seek the assistance of the Presiding Officer or election officials.

Campaigning During Polling Hours:  No candidate or other person may physically interfere with the progress of a voter to and from the polling place.  No campaign advertisement may be displayed, placed, handed out or allowed to remain within the building containing a polling place. An election official or other person may not campaign, solicit voter or distribute campaign materials in the building containing a polling place.

For questions concerning this election, call Susan McNamara-Hill, Town Clerk, at 879-0413 or email clerk@essex.org