What you need to know about voting in NH

How to register to vote

Who is eligible to vote in New Hampshire?

In New Hampshire, residents who are United States citizens and who will be 18 years of age or older on Election Day are eligible to vote. There is no minimum period of time you are required to have lived in the state before being allowed to register. You can only register in the town or ward in which you are domiciled.

Where and when do I register to vote?

You may register to vote in the town or city clerk's office in the town or city in which you live. Where you live—or your “domicile”—is defined as the place where you sleep most nights of the year. Regardless as to when or where you register to vote, you must fill out a standard voter registration form. You will also need to show proof of identity, age, citizenship, and domicile. These qualifications may be established by signing affidavit(s).

Can I register absentee?

If you meet the state's requirements/qualifications and are unable to register in person because of physical disability, religious beliefs, military service, or because of a temporary absence, you may register by mail. You should request an absentee voter registration affidavit and a standard voter registration form from your town or city clerk.

When is the deadline to register to vote?

Qualified individuals can register to vote at the polling place on Election Day. You can also register with your community's supervisors of the checklist. By law, they are required to meet on a day that is 6 to 13 days prior to the election. Call your clerk's office for date and time.

Voting Day in New Hampshire

What if I can’t make it to the polls?

You can request an absentee ballot from your town or city clerk via mail, fax or in person. Clerks can accept absentee ballots submitted in person by the voter until 5 p.m. the day before an election. A voter's absentee ballot may also be returned in person by the voter's parent, spouse, sibling or child. The person returning the absentee ballot will have to complete a form and provide proper ID before the clerk accepts the ballot. Absentee ballots are accepted until 5 p.m. on Election Day if received through the mail. You can track your absentee ballot here: www. app.sos.nh.gov

Where do I vote?

Check with your town or city clerk to find out where your polling place is. In larger towns and cities, there may be more than one polling location.

I am unsure about the Voter ID law. What should I bring with me to the polls?

Bring one of the following photo IDs to vote on Election Day.

  •  A driver’s license issued by any state or the federal government
  •  An ID card issued by any state
  •  A New Hampshire photo ID for voting identification only
  •  A U.S. armed services ID card
  •  A U.S. passport
  •  A valid student ID card from a New Hampshire school

If you don’t have one of these IDs, you can either:

  •  Have your identity verified by a voting official at your voting location
  •  Be photographed by a voting official at your voting location before you vote (if you object to being photographed for religious reasons, you can sign a sworn statement instead)

For more information

Visit www.lfda.org/elections, the website of Citizens Count, NH's Live Free or Die Alliance, a nonpartisan, 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. According to the organization, the mission of the site is to provide objective information about issues and candidates; promote the civil exchange of opinions in a variety of forums, online and in person and connect citizens with their elected officials. You can also download a New Hampshire Voter’s Guide app for Android or Apple phones from this site.

The New Hampshire Secretary of State’s office has more information about voting and registering to vote: www.sos.nh.gov/Elections.aspx

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