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Upcoming Elections

2016 Presidential Preference Primary: Tuesday, February 9

2016 General Election: Tuesday, November 8

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

Please note that the information in the sections below has not been updated, and refers to the 2015 general election.

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Republicans champion voter ID laws absent credible evidence of fraud
02/10/16 |
Publication Date: 
Wednesday, February 10, 2016 - 05:00
Excerpt: 

“When voter fraud occurs it should be taken very seriously … and we should have the mechanisms to make sure that it doesn’t happen,” said [Myrna Pérez, deputy director of the Voting Rights and Elections Project at the Brennan Center for Justice]. “But cases where people are in a position to exploit the system are much more common than some random person pretending to be someone else.” An analysis of election fraud by the journalism studies program News21 found that more than half of all fraud convictions between 2000 and 2012 involved either election officials, campaign workers or voting registration organizations. Just 1 in 207 fraud accusations involved voter impersonation, the only type of fraud that voter ID laws prevent. “If [voter ID advocates] were really concerned about fraud there’s a bunch of other things they could do,” Perez added “Our voting machines are vulnerable. We’re asking people to vote on machines that are the equivalent of old-school flip phones. Our registration rolls are a mess.” ...

For many of...eligible voters, getting a valid ID is not a simple process. “For one, those without a driver’s license don’t have a car,” said Kathleen Unger, president of VoteRiders, a non-profit group that helps voters obtain valid IDs. “So they’re not able to just drive down to the DMV to get a license.” And while states do offer the option of a free voter ID card Unger says, “In many cases there can be a cost associated with getting a ‘free ID’. Obtaining a copy of a birth certificate or a change of name document not only costs money but requires a trip to another agency. With these laws there are so many people who just won’t vote.”

Today, New Hampshire Students Will Likely Pay The Price For The State’s New Voter ID Laws
02/09/16 |
Publication Date: 
Tuesday, February 9, 2016 - 10:15
Excerpt: 

“A lot of students think they’re required to bring an ID when they’re not. They don’t know about being able to sign the affidavit,” [Chelsea Krimme] said. “And about half the out-of-state students I’ve talked to think they can’t vote in New Hampshire, when they can. It’s sad, because are so many important issues right now, from student debt to climate change, that students care about and they want to have a voice.” ...

“In the northern part of the state, it’s not like there’s a DMV on every corner, and there isn’t good public transit for people who don’t drive to be able to go get an ID. I think it’s fair to assume that the trends that exist in other states will show up here, with the poor, the elderly, and those from more rural areas being hit hardest by this voter ID law.” [Gilles Bissonnette, the Legal Director of the American Civil Liberties Union of New Hampshire]

The most common form of ID used to vote is a drivers license. Yet the state has only 15 DMVs to serve 1.3 million residents. Some are only open a few days a week and none with weekend or evening hours, making it even more difficult for working New Hampshire voters to obtain an ID. ...

Joan Flood Ashwell, the election law specialist with the non-partisan League of Women Voters of New Hampshire,...said she’s also seen a lot of frustration among elderly people, who may have given up driving and don’t have passports. “When they first implemented the law in 2012, I was monitoring the polls and I saw an older man yelling at the poll worker for demanding an ID from his wife, who had never driven a car,” she said. “They felt humiliated that the town she’d lived in forever wouldn’t just let her vote. And that was before they implemented the Polaroid photo provision. How are they going to feel now?” 

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Voting as a Student

As a student, you have a constitutional right to register and vote in the place you truly consider to be “home” — whether that’s your parents’ house, your apartment, or your dorm room. But before you make the important decision about where to vote, make sure you know the rules (and sometimes consequences) of registering to vote in that state.

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Upcoming Elections in Your State

2016 Presidential Preference Primary: Tuesday, February 9

2016 General Election: Tuesday, November 8

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

Please note that the information in the sections below has not been updated, and refers to the 2015 general election.

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.  To find out the hours for your polling place, visit the Secretary of State's website

How to Find Your Polling Place

Use the Secretary of State's Polling Place Locator.

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

REGISTER TO VOTE HERE

Registration Deadlines

You may register to vote in the town or city clerk's office in the town or city where you are domiciled up to 10 days before any election or scheduled meeting.

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.

How to Check if You Are Registered

You can check your voter registration status here.

How to Register

1)  Go to your town or city clerk’s office, where you will fill out a voter registration form.  You will have to provide proof of citizenship, age, and domicile.

2)  It may be easier for you to register with your community’s Supervisors of the Checklist.  By law, they are required to meet on the Saturday 10 days prior to each election.  Check the local newspaper(s) or call your clerk’s office for the date and time of such meeting.   

3)  Qualified individuals may also register to vote at the polling place on election day at all elections.  You will be asked to show proof of age, citizenship and domicile.   

New Hampshire prefers that voters register to vote in person.  If this is impossible for you (because of physical disability, religious beliefs, military service, or because of temporary absence) you can register to vote by mail.  Call your Town or City Clerk and ask them to send you a mail-in voter registration form and a voter registration affidavit (the affidavit is a legal document that states that you are registering by mail because you can't register in person).  Once they mail you the documents, complete both in front of a notary and have the affidavit notarized.  Mail both forms back to your Town or City Clerk.

Registration Eligibility

To register to vote in New Hampshire, you must:

  1. Be a U.S. citizen, and
  2. Be 18 years of age or older by the time of the next election.

Note: There is no minimum residency requirement to register to vote in New Hampshire.

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:

  • Other forms of photo identification judged to be legitimate and trustworthy by the Supervisors, such as ID badges issued by hospitals, employers, or educational institutions;
  • Verification of the person's identity by another person registered as a voter and known to the supervisor or clerk; and
  • Other reasonable means as determined by the Supervisors.

As a last resort, a person may prove identity by completing the affidavit required of a challenged voter.

If You Want to Vote Early

New Hampshire does not have early voting.

If You Want to Vote Absentee

A voter may vote absentee if:

  • He or she is absent on the day of any state election from the city, town, or unincorporated place in which he or she is registered to vote.  A person who is unable to appear at any time during polling hours at his or her polling place because an employment obligation requires the person to remain physically at work or to be in transit to or from work from the time the polls open until after the time the polls close shall be considered absent;
  • He or she cannot appear in public on any election day because of his or her observance of a religious commitment;
  • He or she is unable to vote in person by reason of physical disability; and
  • He or she is a U.S. citizen who is:
    • living outside the U.S., or
    • a member (or spouse or dependent of a member) of the armed services or affiliated services and will be absent on Election Day.

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 necessary 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.

Identification Requirements to Register to Vote

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:

  • Other forms of photo identification judged to be legitimate and trustworthy by the Supervisors, such as ID badges issued by hospitals, employers, or educational institutions;
  • Verification of the person's identity by another person registered as a voter and known to the supervisor or clerk; and
  • Other reasonable means as determined by the Supervisors.

As a last resort, a person may prove identity by completing the affidavit required of a challenged voter.

Identification Requirements to Cast a Ballot

New Hampshire law requires residents provide ID when voting, but voters without ID need only sign an affidavit confirming their identity. 

Acceptable forms of ID include:

  • A driver’s license issued by any state or the federal government;
  • A photographic ID card issued by the director of motor vehicles;
  • An armed services ID card;
  • A U.S. passport (regardless of date);
  • Any government (federal, state, county, or municipal) issued ID with photo;
  • A valid student ID with photo;
  • A photo ID not among the aforementioned that the moderator/supervisor of the voter checklist or city/town clerk deems legitimate (unless the use of such ID is challenged, in which the voter must fill out a qualified voter affidavit); and
  • Verification of the voter by the moderator/supervisor of the voter checklist, unless the voter is challenged, in which case the voter must fill out a challenged voter affidavit.  

Note: An acceptable photo ID must have an expiration date or date of issuance.  The ID will remain valid 5 years beyond the expiration date unless the voter is 65 or older in which case an acceptable photo ID may be used without regard to expiration date.

Moving Within Same Precinct

Any registered voter who moves within a town or ward on or prior to the day of an election, and has not informed the supervisors of the checklist, may vote in that election by going to his or her assigned polling place and informing the ballot clerk of his or her new address. 

Moving Between Precincts Within the Same County

If a person changes his or her domicile to a new town or ward, he or she must re-register to vote.  If the election official receiving the application confirms through the centralized voter registration database that the applicant is currently registered to vote in New Hampshire, the applicant shall prove identity and domicile, but shall not be required to prove his or her age or citizenship.

If the supervisors of the checklist in any town or ward receive a notice of transfer from another board of supervisors of the checklist in the state of New Hampshire that a voter whose name is on the checklist has been added to the checklist of some other town or city, they shall strike that name from the checklist at the next session of the correction of the checklist.

If the supervisors of the checklist receive a report from the United States Postal Service of the department of safety directly or through the secretary of state through the use of the centralized voter registration database, that a voter has permanently changed his or her address to another city, state or town, they shall strike that person's name from the checklist at the next meeting for the correction of the checklist.  Alternatively, the supervisors may send a 30-day notice letter and remove the name from the checklist if the voter does not respond.

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 FPCAInstructions 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.

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**The materials below have not been updated since 2014**

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For more information for voters with disabilities, visit the National Disability Rights Network’s voting resource center.

For more information for student voters, visit the New Hampshire Student Voting Guide from the Brennan Center for Justice.

Information provided by Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights