Where Should I Register to Vote?

Can I register in Middlebury instead of my “home” state or town?

If you are a “resident of another state attending college in Vermont you may register to vote in either your hometown OR your college town.” If you are a “Vermont resident attending a Vermont college – you may register to vote in either your hometown OR your college town.”  In either case you cannot vote in two places so if you register in your college hometown, your previous place of registration will be notified and you’ll be removed from that voting list.

–from the Vermont Secretary of State’s College Voter Guide

QUESTIONS TO CONSIDER:

Do you receive a scholarship or financial aid?

“Generally, registering to vote in Vermont will not affect federal financial aid eligibility.  The Vermont Student Assistance Corporation reports that Vermont financial aid officers do not consider the voter registration status of students when issuing financial aid awards.”

 “Note that there may be some private scholarships that depend on a fixed residency and voter registration may be a factor in determining that residency.  If you are receiving scholarship aid from your hometown, home-state or a private organization, you should confirm that residency in that hometown or home-state is not a requirement.”

 –from the Vermont Secretary of State’s College Voter Guide.

What about in-state tuition, taxes, insurance, etc.?

 “The fact that you are a resident for voting purposes does not automatically make you a resident for other purposes”

–from  the Vermont Secretary of State’s College Voter Guide.

Additional information can be found at the New York University School of Law’s Brennan Center for Justice

Where will your vote have the most impact?

  •  Are you from a “swing” state for the presidential election?
  • Is there a key congressional or gubernatorial race in your “home” state?