New Hampshire Voting Information
- Absentee Ballot Process
- Campaign Finance Information
- Candidate and Ballot Measure Information
- Early Voting
- Election Dates
- Eligibility Requirements
- ID Needed for Voter Registration
- ID Needed for Voting?
- Overseas and Military Voters
- Poll Worker Information
- Polling Place Hours
- Polling Place Locator
- Provisional Voting
- Provisions for Voters with Disabilities
- Registration Deadline
- Time Off To Vote
- Verify Voter Registration
- Voting Machines
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 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.
Campaign Finance Information
Candidate and Ballot Measure Information
To see a list of available races, visit the race index.
New Hampshire does not have early voting.
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
- Domiciled in New Hampshire
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.
If you go to register more than 30 days before an election, and you do not have proof of where you live, you will be asked to come back later with that proof before you register. If you register less than 30 days before the election, or on Election Day and you do not have proof of where you live you will be given a ballot. You will be asked to return within several weeks with paperwork, if you can get such documents. (check with the ballot officials for specific time frame in your town and for the list of documents you might provide.) No penalty applies if you fail to return with the documents.
If you register within 30 days of an election or on Election Day:
- If you can, bring papers to prove your identity, age, citizenship and where you live.
- If you don't have a driver's license, passport or birth certificate (or naturalization papers), you can prove your identity, age, and citizenship by signing a form provided by the election official.
- Students at colleges or boarding schools may bring paperwork from school officials to prove they live on-campus. They may also show this on a smartphone.
- You will be asked to sign a statement saying you understand the registration requirements and that you have told the truth on the form.
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 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.
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
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.
Polling Place Locator
Because there is Election Day registration, there is no provisional ballot process in New Hampshire.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
Verify Voter Registration
To verify your voter registration status, please contact your town or city clerk.
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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