Tim Arsenault, Town Clerk, passes along these rules that pertain to Vernon’s polling place, the town hall:
- Political campaign signs at the polling place on Election Day will be regulated by the presiding officer. 17 V.S.A. §2508. Signs will not be allowed on town hall property or inside the building. Candidates and signs will be allowed across the road or on neighboring private property, if they have permission of the landowner.
- Voters or others inside the town hall may not wear campaign buttons or have signs promoting any candidate or party. 17 V.S.A. §2508. Any voter may bring a small card or folded paper to remind her or him how she or he wants to vote or a label or sticker to affix to the ballot to vote for a write-in candidate so long as the voter is not displaying her or his paper or label to others in the room. 17 V.S.A. §2587(e).
- There will be an observer section adjacent to the polling place, but observers must stay quiet and they must remain within the designated area.
- Exit polls or surveys can be done outside of the polling place as long as a voter voluntarily offers to participate and the persons conducting the polls or surveys do not hinder or impede the progress of the voter as he or she enters or leaves the polling place. 17 V.S.A. §2508.
- In establishing reasonable rules for campaigning outside of the polling place, the presiding officer will establish a sufficient number of parking spaces to allow voters with disabilities to have access to the polling place or to have two election officials bring ballots out to the disabled person’s car.
- It is a violation of criminal law to put a sign on any utility pole in Vermont. 13 V.S.A. §301.
- The Agency of Transportation (Travel Information Council) enforces Vermont’s sign law. 10 V.S.A. §§481-506. According to these statutes: Signs may not be located within state highway rights-of-way or attached to a state or town sign, post, or guardrail. Most highway rights-of-way in Vermont are at least three rods or 49.5 feet. This means that signs must be placed at least 24.75 feet away from the centerline of most highways.