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How to Register to Vote

Eligibility

You may only register by mail if you’ll be temporarily absent or have a physical disability that prevents you from registering in person.


1. Get the voter registration form.

Contact your city or town clerk to request the necessary forms.


2. Fill out the form

Step 1–3 · Provide your name, date of birth, and name at birth (if different)

Step 4 · Provide your New Hampshire address and your mailing address (if different)

Step 5 · (Optional) Provide your telephone number and email address

Step 6 · Sign and date the form

Step 7 · Complete the absentee registration affidavit


3. Send the form.

Send the form to your city or town clerk by Oct 29


Check if you’re registered to vote

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1. Get the voter registration form.

Voter registration forms are available at your city or town clerk, at your local Supervisors of the Checklist during specified meeting times, and at the polls on Election Day, Nov 8


2. Fill out the form

Steps 1–3 · Provide your name, date of birth, and name at birth (if different)

Step 4 · Provide your New Hampshire address and your mailing address (if different)

Step 5 · (Optional) Provide your telephone number and email address

Step 6 · Sign and date the form

Provide proof of identity, age, citizenship, and domicile. You may sign an affidavit instead of providing documentation.


3. Return the form.
  • You may return the form to your city or town clerk or to a meeting of your local Supervisors of the Checklist by Oct 29
  • You may register in person at your voting location on Nov 8

Check if you’re registered to vote

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Registration requirements

  • Be a US citizen
  • Be 18 years old or older on Election Day, Nov 8
  • Be a New Hampshire resident
  • Not have ever been convicted of treason, bribery, a willful violation of state or federal election law, or bribery or intimidation in New Hampshire elections (unless the right to vote is restored by the New Hampshire Supreme Court)
  • Not have been convicted of a felony unless you have been finally discharged, your sentence is currently suspended or you’re out on parole.
Mail
October 29

In Person
November 8

How to Vote

Vote early

If you’re eligible, vote before Election Day until Nov 7 by voting an absentee ballot in person. Contact your your town or city clerk for locations and hours.


Vote on Election Day
Nov 8

Polls are open 7 AM–7 PM. If you’re in line at your voting location by 7 PM, you’re allowed to vote.

Bring a form of accepted ID


Who can vote early

In order to vote early by mail or in person, you must meet one of the following qualifications:

  • You’ll be away from home on Election Day, Nov 8
  • You can’t go to a voting location on Election Day, Nov 8, because of a religious commitment
  • You have a physical disability
  • Your job requires you to be at work or on the way to or from work during all hours from 7 AM–7 PM on Election Day, Nov 8
Who can vote by mail

In order to vote early by mail or in person, you must meet one of the following qualifications:

  • You’ll be away from home on Election Day, Nov 8
  • You can’t go to a voting location on Election Day, Nov 8, because of a religious commitment
  • You have a physical disability
  • Your job requires you to be at work or on the way to or from work during all hours from 7 AM–7 PM on Election Day, Nov 8


1. Get the absentee ballot application

Download and print the absentee ballot request form

Get the form


2. Fill out the application

Step 1 · Check the boxes to declare that you’re registered to vote and are currently away from your town or city and will be away through Election Day, Nov 8

Step 2 · Select the reason you’re eligible to vote by absentee ballot

Step 3 · To receive an absentee ballot for the general election on Nov 8, check the box for “State General Election to be held on November 8, 2016”

Step 4 · Provide your name, home address, and the address where you want your absentee ballot mailed (if it’s different from your home address)

Step 5 · Sign and date the form


3. Submit the form

Mail or fax your completed form to your town or city clerk so it’s received by 5 PM on Nov 7

Apply in time for election officials to mail your ballot and for you to return it on or before Election Day, Nov 8


4. Vote
  • Once you receive your ballot, follow the instructions to fill out the ballot and return the envelope
  • Completed ballots must be received at the address on the ballot return envelope no later than 5 PM on Election Day, Nov 8
  • Check the status of your ballot on app.sos.nh.gov
Absentee ballot received by
November 8

Vote early

If you’re eligible, vote before Election Day until Nov 7 by voting an absentee ballot in person. Contact your your town or city clerk for locations and hours.


Vote on Election Day
November 8

Polls are open 7 AM–7 PM. If you’re in line at your voting location by 7 PM, you’re allowed to vote.

Bring a form of accepted ID.

Voting requirements
  • Be registered to vote in New Hampshire. Check if you’re registered to vote.
  • Be a US citizen
  • Be 18 by Election Day, Nov 8
  • Live at a New Hampshire address
  • Not be in jail or prison for a felony
  • Not currently be judged incapacitated by a court

In person ID requirements

Bring one of the following photo IDs to vote on Election Day, Nov 8. ID is not required when you vote early.

  • A driver’s license issued by any state or the federal government
  • An ID card issued by any state
  • A New Hampshire photo ID for voting identification only
  • A US armed services ID card
  • A US passport
  • A valid student ID card from a New Hampshire school

If you don’t have one of these IDs, you can either:

  • Have your identity verified by a voting official at your voting location
  • Be photographed by a voting official at your voting location before you vote (if you object to being photographed for religious reasons, you can sign a sworn statement instead)

Frequently Asked Questions

No, in-person early voting is not allowed in New Hampshire.
You do not need to include a copy of your ID if you are already registered to vote, or if you have already voted in New Hampshire at least once. If you are not yet registered to vote, you must include a copy of your ID with your absentee ballot application. Acceptable forms of ID include a copy of your driver’s license or other photo identification that shows your name OR a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows your name and current address.
If you are a first-time New Hampshire voter then you must provide ID with your voter registration form. If you forget, you’ll need to provide ID the first time you vote in person or by absentee ballot. Acceptable forms of ID include a copy of your driver’s license or other photo identification that shows your name OR a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows your name and current address.