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Primary Election Process

New Hampshire has a hybrid primary system. If you are registered with a particular party, you must vote in that party's primary. However, if you are u... Read More

Upcoming Election Dates & Registration Deadlines

Some elections in this list are local and do not apply for all New Hampshire voters. Please click the “View all” button below to view all election dates in your state.

Next Election: Municipal
Monday, May 6, 2024
Alternate Town Election Day

Reach out to your local election office to learn more about this election.

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Registration Deadlines

By Mail (received)
Friday, April 26, 2024
In Person
Monday, May 6, 2024


Tuesday, May 14, 2024

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Tuesday, September 10, 2024
State Primary
You can register to vote on Election Day at your polling place or at your local clerk's office up to... View details


Tuesday, November 5, 2024
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New Hampshire Voting Information

Absentee Ballot Process

Absentee ballots are available from your local official 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 requires 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. Work can include unpaid care of children or infirm adults.

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. You can return your absentee ballot request form through the mail or in person. All absentee ballots must be received by 5pm on Election Day to be counted. You can sign up to track your absentee ballot on your State website. Absentee ballots begin being counted on Election Day. If you have any questions please contact your local official.

Those who requested an absentee ballot but end up voting in person: Do not mail a ballot and vote in person. For specifics, you can find your local local official contact info here.

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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.

Candidate and Ballot Measure Information

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

Drop Boxes

You can hand-deliver your ballot to your local city or town clerk. You can look up the address of your clerk here. You can also drop off your ballot at your assigned polling location on Election Day. 

Early Voting

There is no early voting.

Election Dates

The next election dates can be found here

Contact your local Town or City Clerk for more information.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible to vote 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
  • Domiciled in New Hampshire

Incarcerated Voters & Returning Citizens: 

In New Hampshire, you only lose your right to vote if you are currently incarcerated for a felony conviction. If you lost your voting rights because of a conviction, you could register to vote immediately after release. Your voting rights are not restricted by pretrial detention, misdemeanors, probation, or parole. 

Voters without traditional residence: 

Citizens don't need to possess a "permanent home" for voter registration. A citizen can provide an alternative description of their residence, even if they are experiencing homelessness, as long as it enables the authorities to identify and assign a voting precinct to them. This precinct assignment ensures that the voter receives the appropriate ballot. The mailing address on their registration form can be a PO box, local shelter, advocacy organization, outreach center, or the home of someone who will accept mail for them. In New Hampshire, you must provide proof that your domicile is in the town or ward where you intend to vote. Proof can be either by a document or by affidavit. This could be a note from a homeless shelter or other service provider located in the town or ward where you will vote that confirms they will receive US mail sent to you at that address. 

ID Needed for Voter Registration

When registering to vote, you are required to provide proof of identity, age, citizenship, and domicile (where you live).

Proof of identity, age, citizenship 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
  • Evidence of a home purchase
  • Vehicle registration
  • Tax bill
  • Utility bill
  • Proof that you've asked the Post Office to use your street address as your mailing address
  • Any other document that reasonably establishes your identity and local domicile

Identity, age, and citizenship can be proven by affidavit if you do not have documents for these.

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 (issued or expiration date within 5 years)

  • 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


  • 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 are over 65 years old you may use a photo ID regardless of its expiration date. Voters younger than 65 years old may not use a photo ID that has been expired more than 5 years.

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.

Voters can call or text 844-338-8743 at any time to reach VoteRiders Voter ID Helpline

Official Results

Official results are never available on Election Day. Election officials are working around the clock to count an unprecedented number of ballots, and it’s essential that they take the time to make sure every vote is counted.

Absentee ballots begin being counted on Election Day.

Official election results will be uploaded on New Hampshire’s Secretary of State website as they become available.

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Overseas and Military Voters

You are a Military or Overseas voter if you are in uniformed services, living overseas OR a spouse or dependent 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.

Poll Worker Information

You can make sure we have safe, fair, and efficient elections for all. Become a poll worker today!

In order to be a poll worker in New Hampshire, you must:

  • Be registered to vote in New Hampshire
  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Be entitled to compensation
  • Political affiliation required
  • Be a resident of the voting district
  • 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.

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 local official.

Primary Election Process

New Hampshire has a hybrid primary system. If you are registered with a particular party, you must vote in that party's primary. However, if you are unaffiliated with any political party, you can declare affiliation with a party at the polls in order to vote in that party’s primary.

If you have any questions about your state’s primary election, please contact your local election officials.

Provisional Voting

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

Provisions for Voters with Disabilities

The state of New Hampshire requires that all polling places be accessible and that absentee voting be available to voters who are unable to vote in person. 

Suppose a voter is unable to enter the polling place. In that case, an election official will assist the voter in casting their ballot from a vehicle parked curbside using the Absentee Voter procedure. Voting absentee in this manner is for use only if an unforeseen accessibility issue arises.

The Application for an Accessible Electronic Absentee Ballot can be read with NVDA and JAWS screen readers using Adobe Reader; a free download is available here. To fill out the Application, download it and open it in Adobe.

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

Registration Deadline

You can also register to vote on Election Day.

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 show proof of age, citizenship and address in order to register.

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

Time Off To Vote

Time off to vote is subject to the employer, there is no requirement for employers to grant time off to vote for employees.

Verify Voter Registration

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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.

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