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Voter Registration in New Hampshire

Eligibility

  • Age: 18 years of age or older on Election Day
  • Citizenship: Must be a U.S. citizen
  • Residence: Domiciled in the town or ward where the person seeks to vote. There is no minimum period of time a person is required to have lived in the state before registering to vote
  • Students attending any institution of learning in NH may lawfully claim domicile for voting purposes in the NH town or city in which they live while attending school if the claim of domicile otherwise meets legal requirements OR can vote absentee in their home state
  • Persons formerly incarcerated for felony: May vote if no longer incarcerated, even while on probation or parole
  • Check to see if you are already registered and for what party

For more information, including a further description of domicile

Deadline

  • Registration is allowed at the polling place on election day
  • Before election day, the last day to register is by the last meeting of the Supervisors of the Checklist, which occurs 6-13 days before each state election
  • Check the town or city website or call the clerk's office for information about the Supervisors meeting
  • Find out who the town or city clerk is and where the office is located

In-person registration

May be done prior to an election at your town or city clerk's office or with your community's Supervisors of the Checklist or on election day at your polling place.

The voter registration form is available at the town or city clerk's office.

Mail-in registration

Available to those who meet the state's qualifications and are unable to register in person because of disability or temporary absence.

Request an absentee voter registration affidavit, NH voter registration form, and instructions from your town or city clerk.

Online registration

There is no online registration in New Hampshire.

 

Choosing a political party:  

You may choose a political party affiliation when you register, but it is not required.                 

Updating registration      

To update registration after a move, name change, or change of political party affiliation, visit your town or city clerk's office.

Party affiliation may be changed with the clerk of the town or city where you are domiciled or at any scheduled meeting of the Supervisors of the Checklist except for during the period of time between the first day of the filing period for the primary election and/or the presidential primary election and the date of the primary election itself.

Cancelling registration

The board of supervisors of the checklist or board of registrars in each town or city maintain the checklist. To remove someone from a voter roll, contact the local supervisors of the checklist or the town clerk.

ID Requirements New Hampshire Voters

ID Requirements for Registration

In-Person Registration

  • A driver's license or non-driver ID from any state satisfies proof of identity and age
  • A birth certificate, US passport/passcard, or naturalization document satisfies proof of citizenship
  • Proof of domicile can be satisfied by a variety of documentation, such as
    • a NH driver's license, non-driver ID, or NH resident motor vehicle registration showing your current domicile address
    • rental agreement, lease, or similar document
    • deed, property tax bill, or similar document
    • any state or federal tax form, other government form, or government-issued ID that shows your name and domicile address
    • any form from the US Post Office showing your name and physical address where you are domiciled (not a PO Box)
    • a public utility bill
    • a document from the school you attend, showing you live in campus housing
    • a note signed by a school official, including a Resident Assistant or other person with supervisory responsibility for your dorm
    • a document showing you enrolled a dependent minor child in a public school that serves the town or ward of your domicile
    • 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 the address
    • any other document that shows manifestation of your intent to make the place you claim your voting domicile

If you don't have the documentation necessary to prove identity, age, and/or citizenship, you may provide proof by signing a Qualified Voter Affidavit, under oath, in front of an election official. If you don't have any document proving your domicile, you can prove domicile by signing a Domicile Affidavit.

Mail-in Registration

The completed absentee voter registration affidavit must be witnessed.

The completed absentee voter registration affidavit, NH voter registration form, and copies of documents showing evidence of qualifications are returned to the town or city clerk.

See above for information about ID requirements.

Online Registration

There is no online registration in New Hampshire.

For more information, please visit the New Hampshire Secretary of State.

ID Requirements for Voting

First-Time Voters

First-time voters who need to register, please see the Registration tab for information. First-time voters who are already registered, please see the information for All Other Voters below. 

All Other Voters

Voters who are not voting for the first time can present:

  • An acceptable photo ID that includes an expiration date or date of issuance, OR
  • Verification of the voter's identity by a moderator or supervisor of the checklist or clerk of the town, ward, or city.

Photo IDs include

  • Driver's license issued by any state or federal government
  • Non-driver ID card issued by NH DMV or motor vehicle agency of another state
  • Photo ID card for "voting identification only" issued by NH DMV
  • US armed services identification card
  • US passport or passcard
  • NH student ID card
  • A photo ID not mentioned above but determined to be legitimate by the moderator, supervisor of the checklist, or clerk of the town, ward, or city.
  • Verification of the voter's identity by a moderator or supervisor of the checklist or clerk of a town, ward or city (not a ballot clerk)

Any voter unable to provide the identification above will be permitted to vote after executing a challenged voter affidavit

For more information, please visit the New Hampshire Secretary of State.

Where to get an ID

Department of Motor Vehicles

Obtaining a Driver’s License

Casting a Ballot in New Hampshire

Important Dates

  • Presidential Primary Election: February 11, 2020
  • State Primary Election: September 8, 2020
  • General Election: November 3, 2020
  • Early voting: New Hampshire does not have early in-person voting

Absentee voting

Opening/closing dates

  • Absentee ballots will be sent in response to verified requests until 5:00 p.m. on the day before the election.
  • Envelopes containing your absentee ballot must be received by the clerk no later than 5:00 p.m. on election day.

Military voters and voters who reside outside the U.S.

Who is eligible to use an absentee ballot?

In order to apply for and receive an absentee ballot, one of the following must be true:

  • You will be absent from your town or city on election day
  • You are unable to vote in person by reason of a physical disability
  • You are a member of the armed forces (or a spouse or a dependent of a member) and will be absent on election day
  • You are living overseas
  • You cannot appear in pubic because of observance of religious commitment
  • You cannot appear at any time during polling hours at your polling place because of employment obligations, which includes the care of children and infirm adults, with or without compensation
  • You are a victim of domestic violence, have an active protective order, and are participating in the Attorney General's address confidentiality program
  • You are an emergency services worker called into service under the circumstances set forth in RSA 657:21-a

An absentee ballot can also be requested on the Monday immediately prior to an election if the National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning, blizzard warning, or ice storm warning for election day applicable to your town, city, or unincorporated place and either you are elderly or infirm or have a physical disability, and would otherwise vote in person but you have concerns about your safety traveling in the storm OR you anticipate that school, child care, or adult care will be canceled and you would otherwise vote in person but will need need to care for children or infirm adults.

Application for Absentee Ballot

Requirements and Instructions for Absentee Ballot

Track your absentee ballot

Any voter may request an absentee ballot for the September 2020 Primary and November 2020 General Elections based on concerns regarding COVID-19 per an April 10, 2020 Memorandum from the NH Secretary of State and NH Attorney General

 

Polling places and hours

  • Use the Polling Place Search for state elections
  • For a listing of polling place locations, hours, and clerks
  • For a general election or primary, polling hours in New Hampshire vary by town or city. Use the Polling Place Search above to get the hours for your location.
  • Time off to vote: New Hampshire does not require an employer to provide employees time off to vote, either paid or unpaid. It does provides that an employee who is unable to vote on election day due to employment obligations is considered absent and entitled to absentee voting.

Rides to the polls

Many organizations offer free rides to polling places. Some of these include:

  • Lyft provides free or discounted rides in some underserved communities
  • Political parties sometimes arrange rides for voters. Contact the local office:

Help for voters with disabilities

Elections

Primaries vs. general elections

  • Primary elections are conducted to select each party’s candidates in the general election.
  • In New Hampshire,
    • a voter must be a member of a political party in order to vote in that party’s primary OR
    • an undeclared voter may vote and will be required to choose either a Republican or Democratic ballot
  • In a general election, voters are not required to have a party affiliation.

Jurisdiction

Offices/Measures That May Appear on the Ballot

Federal (even years)

President/Vice-President (elected every four years; next election in 2020)

Senator (elected every six years for staggered terms; next election in 2020)

Representative (elected every two years)

State (even years)

Governor, Executive Councilor (elected every two years; next election in 2020)

State Senator (elected every two years)

State Representative (elected every two years)

County (even years) Sheriff, Attorney, Treasurer, Register of Deeds, Register of Probate, County Commissioners

Town Meetings (annual)

Municipal (odd years)

Boards, commissions, or committees

Mayor

Town Clerk

Town Treasurer

Aldermen or Selectmen

Moderators

Local ballot measures

Who are the candidates, and what else is on the ballot?

Important Dates

Presidential Primary Election: February 11, 2020

Town Election - March 10, 2020

Alternate Town Election - May 12, 2020

State Primary Election - September 8, 2020

General Election - November 3, 2020

2020-2021 Political Calendar

Who conducts elections?

  • The Secretary of State is the chief election officer for the state and prepares and distributes (a) the election-related items as provided in the election laws and (b) the election procedure manual.
  • The moderator is the chief election officer in charge of the polls; in cities, the city clerk is the Chief Election Officer for the city. Moderators preside at town meetings.
  • The Supervisors of the Checklist register voters and maintain voter checklists for each town or city
  • Town clerks coordinate elections and town meetings, review and deliver ballots, and administer absentee balloting for each municipality

Voter Bill of Rights

New Hampshire doesn't have a voter bill of rights.

Where to go with complaints about candidates or how elections are conducted

If you have witnessed efforts to commit any kind of fraud or corruption in the voting process, you may report this to:

For federal offenses, you may also notify the U.S. Attorney for New Hampshire at 603-225-1552
If you have witnessed actual or attempted acts of discrimination or intimidation in the voting process, you may report to the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice at 202-514-4609 

Campaign finance

NH Campaign Finance System provides access to information filed by candidates, Political Committees, and Candidate Committees.

How to contact your elected officials:

Find your state legislator.

Government Resources in New Hampshire.

General Resources on Voting and Elections

General Resources on Voting and Elections


Hotlines


1-866-OUR-VOTE (866-687-8683)

1-888-VE-Y-VOTA (en Español)

1-888-API-VOTE (Asian multilingual assistance)


Voter Registration & Election Day Resources

Find useful voter information including:

  • Local Election Office and Contact Information
  • Address, Telephone and Email for Local Election Offices
  • Upcoming Federal Election Dates and Deadlines
  • Upcoming State Election Dates and Deadlines
  • Eligibility Requirements
  • Identification Requirements
  • Voter Materials Transmission Options
  • State Lookup Tools – Am I Registered? Where’s my Ballot?

Population-Specific information and Resources

Voting Rights: Laws, Cases, Policy

Voter Engagement

Voter Education

Campaign Finance/Funding Information

Primary Sources, Lesson Plans & Exhibits

Disclaimer

Librarians from the Government Documents Round Table (GODORT), a Round Table of the American Library Association (ALA), created these reference guides. These guides are intended for informational purposes only and are not in any way intended to be legal advice.

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