Now you can run for President in Vermont, or any political office in the 2020 primary election and 2020 general election without collecting ballot access petition signatures 2020!
… to exercise their right to participate in elections in order to maintain our democratic institutions. Accordingly, this act sets forth temporary elections provisions in response to COVID-19.
Sec. 2. ELECTIONS IN THE YEAR 2020; SUSPENSION OF PRIMARY PETITION, STATEMENT OF NOMINATION, AND LOCAL ELECTION VOTER SIGNATURE REQUIREMENTS
(a) Notwithstanding 17 V.S.A. § 2354, 2355, 2402(b), 2681(b), or any
other provision of law to the contrary, a person shall not be required to collect
voter signatures in order to have the person’s name placed on any ballot in the
year 2020, including on any local election ballot. Accordingly, a person shall
not be required to file a primary petition as a major party candidate for the
primary, a statement of nomination as an independent candidate for the general
election, or a petition as a candidate for a local election, as those contain the
(b) In the year 2020:
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(1) Notwithstanding the start date for filing primary petitions for major
party candidates set forth in 17 V.S.A. § 2356(a), consent of candidate forms
for those candidates shall be filed not earlier than the second Thursday after
the first Monday in May.
(2) Notwithstanding the start date for filing statements of nomination
for independent candidates for President or Vice President of the United States
set forth in 17 V.S.A. § 2402(d)(1)(A), consent of candidate forms for those
candidates shall be filed not earlier than Saturday, July 18, 2020.
(3) Notwithstanding the start date for filing statements of nomination
for any other independent candidates except for justice of the peace set forth in
17 V.S.A. § 2402(d)(1)(C), consent of candidate forms for those candidates
shall be filed not earlier than Thursday, July 23, 2020.
(c) All other requirements relating to nominations and candidate
qualifications shall continue to apply.