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New Hampshire Voting Guide

Registration Deadlines
In Person:
Election Day
By Mail:
Received by Wednesday, August 29, 2018
Election Dates:
Tuesday, September 11, 2018 (Primary)
Secretary of State
State House
Room 204
Concord, NH 3301
Phone:
603-271-3242
Fax:
603-271-6316

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible to vote in New Hampshire you must be:

  • 18 years of age or older on Election Day (you may register at 17 years old if you are 18 years old by the next election date)
  • A U.S. citizen

 

ID Needed for Voter Registration

Beginning September 8, 2017, when registering to vote, you are required to provide proof of identity, age, citizenship, and domicile (where you live). Proof of identiy, age and domicile can be shown by providing one or more of the below options:

  • Current driver's license or non-driver's license
  • Current passport
  • Current military photo ID
  • Naturalization papers
  • Student ID
  • Employee ID
  • Birth Certificate
  • Rental lease for a period of more than 30 days (if you live in a home leased or owned by someone else and you are not listed on a rental agreement, lease or deed you can provide a written statement from a person who is on the rental agreement, lease or deed that you do live at that address)
  • Evidence of a home purchase
  • Vehicle registration
  • Proof you enrolled your minor children in a publicly funded school which serves the town or ward where you reside
  • Tax bill
  • Utility bill
  • Bank Statement
  • Proof that you've asked the Post Office to use y our street address as your mailing address
  • Any other document that reasonably establishes your identity and local domicile

If you apply to register less than 30 days before or on Election Day you will have a different registration form than those who register more than 30 days before the election. This form will require you to prove the date you gained domicile in New Hampshire using one of the above forms of proof (you may prove your identity, age and citizenship by signing an affidavit, however, proof of domicile must be provided through one of the above options). If you are unable to provide the above proof you can decide to either mail or present the above proof of domicile within 10 days of the election (or 30 days in towns where the clerk's office is open less than 20 hours a week), or you can allow the election officials to investigate your domicile. If you choose to provide the documents yourself you must do so within the 10-30 day window or you may be investigated for fraud.

 

ID Needed for Voting?

A photo ID will be requested of you, but you may sign a simple affidavit and have your photo taken.

Acceptable Federal and State Photo IDs (may be expired within the last five years, unless you are over 65 and then no expiration restrictions apply)

  • Driver's license issued by any state
  • Non-driver's photo ID from any state
  • US Armed Services photo ID
  • US passport or passport card
  • NH photo ID issued by the DMV for voting purposes only

Student Photo IDs (no date is required)

  • NH schools including public and private colleges and universities, community colleges and licensed career schools
  • Public high schools and private high schools that are approved by the NH Department of Educations

Other

  • A photo ID deemed acceptable by a Supervisor of the Checklist, Moderator or Town or City Clerk
  • Verification of a person's identity by a Supervisor of the Checklist, Moderator or Town or City Clerk
  • An affidavit filled out and signed by the voter and an authorized election officer

If you do not have an approved photo ID you may get a free photo ID for voting purposes only by presenting a voucher from your town/city clerk to any New Hampshire DMV office that issues identification.

Registration Deadline

If you would like to be listed in the registration database before Election Day, your registration form must be received by your local Board of Elections 6-13 days before Election Day (depending on local schedules).

You may register to vote at the polls on Election Day. You will be asked to proof of age, citizenship and address in order to register.

For more information about registering to vote, please contact the Secretary of State.

Verify Voter Registration

To verify your voter registration status, please contact your town or city clerk.

Absentee Ballot Process

Absentee ballots are avaiable from your town or city clerk approximately 30 days before an election. A person may vote by absentee ballot if:

  • They will be absent from the city/town in which they are qualified to vote on the day of an election
  • You are physically disabled and unable to vote in person
  • You are a member (or a spouse or a dependent of a member) of the uniformed services who will be absent on election day
  • Your observance of a religious commitment prevents you from voting in person
  • You are unable to appear at any time during the polling hours at your polling place because of a work obligation that requres you to remain physically at work or be in transit to or from work from the time the polls open until after the polls close

To request an absentee ballot, you may download the application. You can also submit a request in writing. You must include all the information that is on the application. Don't forget your name, voting address, mailing address and your signature.

Overseas and Military Voters

You are a Military or Overseas voter if you are in uniformed services, living overseas OR a spouse or dependant of a uniformed services voter. To get registered and vote, you can utilize Overseas Vote Foundation.

If you have additional questions about elections and voting overseas you can use our state specific elections official directory or contact the Overseas Vote Foundation.

Early Voting

New Hampshire does not have early voting.

Election Dates

The next election date is Tuesday, September 11, 2018 (Primary). The registration deadline is Wednesday, August 29, 2018.

Contact your local Board of Elections for more information.

Poll Worker Information

In order to be a poll worker in New Hampshire:

  • You must be registered to vote in New Hampshire
  • You must be at least 18 years of age
  • You will be entitled to compensation
  • Political affiliation required
  • You must be a resident of the voting district
  • You must complete required training
  • Students who are 17 years of age may be appointed at the central polling place in state elections

To sign up, contact your local board of elections.

Polling Place Hours

The polling place hours of operation vary in New Hampshire. In general, polling places open between 6:00 am and 11:00 am and close at 7:00 pm. Contact your local election officials for hours in your community.

Time Off To Vote

Time off to vote is subject to the employer. New Hampshire state law does not require employers to grant time off to vote for employees.

Polling Place Locator

You can find your polling place by utilizing your state resource.

If you have further questions on your polling place location, please contact your town or city clerk.

Provisional Voting

Because there is Election Day registration, there is no provisional ballot process in New Hampshire.

Voting Machines

The voting systems used in New Hampshire are optical scan and paper ballots.

Optical Scan: With this system, you will receive a card or sheet of paper, which you take over to a private table or booth. The card has the names of the various candidates and ballot measures printed on it. With a pen or pencil you fill in a little box or circle or the space between two arrows. When you are finished filling out all the cards, you may bring the cards over to a ballot box, where poll workers will show you how to put the cards in the box. Or in some places, you may feed the completed cards or papers into a computer device that checks your card or paper right there at the polling place to make sure you have voted the way you want to and counts the votes.

Paper Ballots: Paper ballots are one of the oldest ways of voting in America. They are still used in a few places on Election Day. When you come to the polling place, you will get a paper ballot from the poll worker. You take it to the voting booth, and use a pen or pencil to mark a box next to your candidate and issue choices. You then drop the marked ballot into a sealed ballot box.

You can learn more about voting systems by checking out the Elections Assistance Commission's (EAC) resource.

Candidate and Ballot Measure Information

To see a list of available races, visit the race index.

Provisions for Voters with Disabilities

All polling places have accessible equipment for voting. The vast majority of polling places are handicapped accessible.

Any voter after appearing at the polling place location prior to the closing of the polls, who declare to the moderator under oath that said voter is unable to access a polling place due to disability shall, upon the voter's request, have the required documents delivered to the voter outside the guardrail by the town clerk or assistant. The absentee ballot delivered by the town clerk or assistant shall be processed using the same procedures as any other other absentee ballot.

For more information, you can utilize the American Association of People With Disabilities (AAPD) resource.

Campaign Finance Information

For information on federal campaign contributions, please visit Open Secrets.

For information on state campaign contributions, please visit your state's resource.


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