New Hampshire Election Information
When You Can Vote
Polls shall open no later than 11 a.m. and close no earlier than 7 p.m. In general, polls open between 6 a.m. and 11 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. or 8 p.m. To find out the hours for your polling place, visit the Secretary of State's website.
Where You Can Vote
Use the Secretary of State's Polling Place Locator.
Registering to Vote
Unregistered voters may register and vote on the day of the general election. Registration applications may either be submitted in person at the polling place on the day of the election, submitted to the supervisors of the checklists at the meeting held prior to the Election Day, or sent through the mail to the town/city clerk.
Identification Required for Registration
The applicant must prove his or her identity during the application process. A person who has in his or her immediate possession a New Hampshire driver's license, Armed Services identification, other photo identification issued by the United States government, a photo driver's license issued by any state or the federal government, a United States passport, or photo identification issued by local or state government must present that identification.
A person who does not have an approved photo identification with him or her may establish identity through any reasonable means, including but not limited to:
As a last resort, a person may prove identity by completing the affidavit required of a challenged voter.
How to Check Registration
Voting Early & by Absentee Ballot
A voter may vote absentee if:
An application form for an absentee ballot shall be mailed or delivered to any person who applies therefore to the secretary of state or to any town or city clerk. It shall be filled out by the applicant and sent to the clerk of the town or city in which he or she desires to vote. Alternatively, a person may apply for an official absentee ballot by sending to said clerk a written statement containing the information required by the appropriate paragraph of RSA 657:4, or by the federal post card application. In the event that the application is not complete or if there is a reason that the clerk is unable to certify the application, the clerk shall send the applicant an absentee ballot and a notice that such ballot shall not be counted unless the applicant submits the necess ary documents within 7 days following receipt of the application.
A voter who has received an official absentee ballot must either mail or personally deliver it to the city or town clerk. Town and city clerks must be available for absentee voters between 3 and 5 p.m. on Election Day. Absentee ballots will be accepted no later than 5 p.m. on Election Day.
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A properly registered voter need not present any identification when obtaining a ballot at the polls. If challenged, the voter need only sign an affidavit stating that he or she is who he or she declares himself or herself to be.
If You Have Moved Within Your State
Moving Within Same Precinct
Moving Between Precincts Within the Same County
If You Are in the Military or Are an Overseas Voter
Military and overseas citizens can use the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA), also known as Standard Form 76, to register to vote and to request an absentee ballot. Visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program's (FVAP) New Hampshire-specific FPCA page.
Military and overseas citizens can send and receive voting materials by fax and email. If you wish to use the fax or email options, you must indicate this on your FPCA. Instructions for doing so are found on the FVAP's New Hampshire-specific FPCA page.
Military and overseas citizens can use the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB) if they are concerned with receiving their printed ballot and returning it by the 7:00 p.m., Election Day deadline. The FWAB is a blank ballot on which voters write-in their choices. The FWAB may also be used to register to vote and to apply for the absentee ballot, all in one step. If the FWAB is being used to register to vote, it must be received by the voter registration deadline. For specific instructions, visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program's New Hampshire-specific FWAB page.
If You Have a Felony Conviction
Voting rights restored automatically after release from prison
For more information, visit the New Hampshire Secretary of State website or click here to read the New Hampshire State Election Code .
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