Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton and Martin O'Malley at an earlier debate
Vermonters will be able to choose from 10 Republican or four Democratic candidates for president when they go to the polls March 1 for the presidential primary.
The deadline for candidates to get on the Vermont ballot was 5 p.m. Monday. Candidates needed 1,000 Vermont voters’ signatures and $2,000 to qualify.
The Secretary of State’s Office counts the number of signatures up to 1,000 and looks for any obvious signs of fraud, Secretary of State Jim Condos said. But state law doesn’t allow it to scrutinize every signature unless someone challenges a petition.
All three of the nationally known Democratic candidates filed petitions to be on the Vermont ballot: Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), former secretary of state Hillary Clinton and former Maryland governor Martin O’Malley. O'Malley's petition came in Monday morning, Condos said.
These 10 Republican candidates will be on the ballot:
Former Florida governor Jeb Bush
Physician Ben Carson
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas)
Former Hewlett-Packard executive Carly Fiorina
Ohio Gov. John Kasich
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.)
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.)
Former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum
Businessman Donald Trump
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), who dropped out of the race last month, had filed a petition but told Vermont officials Monday to remove his name from the ballot, Condos said.
Two other Republican candidates won't be on the ballot here but still maintain campaigns: former Virginia governor Jim Gilmore and former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee.
Vermont’s open primary allows any registered voter to fill out either a Republican or a Democratic ballot in the March 1 primary, but not both. The deadline to register to vote in the primary is 5 p.m. February 24.