New Hampshire | Voting Guide

 
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Registration Deadlines and Election Dates

Voter Registration Deadline: Pre-election registration closes after local election officials’ last checklist session 6-13 days before Election Day. Check with your local clerk for the exact date for your community.


Qualified voters can also register in person on Election Day at their polling place.

 
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Official Election Websites

More election information at: sos.nh.gov/Elections.aspx

 
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Register at School or Home

Students have a decision about where to register to vote.


You have a right to register to vote at the address you consider the place where you live, whether that is your family's home or the place where you attend school. You should update your registration anytime this home address changes.


You may only be registered and vote in one location.

 
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What Type of ID Do I Need to Register?

All registrants must show proof of identify, age, citizenship, and domicile, which can be satisfied either with documents or by signing an affidavit.

  • A driver’s license or non-driver ID issued by New Hampshire, that bears your current address, satisfies proof of identity and where you live

  • A birth certificate, U.S. Passport, or naturalization document satisfies proof of citizenship

  • You can also prove where you live using a piece of mail sent to your current address by a government entity, a lease, or documents proving your on-campus or off- campus address.

 

If you do not have these, you can prove your identity, age and/or citizenship by signing A Qualified Voter Affidavit.


 
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What Type of ID Do I Need to Vote?

New Hampshire requires proof of identity to vote. If you do not have ID, you may still vote so long as you sign an affidavit and have your photo taken at the polls. Acceptable IDs are:

  • Valid driver’s license or non-driver ID card issued by any state or the federal government

  • Military ID

  • U.S. Passport

  • NH student ID card issued by a college, university, or career school approved or licensed to operate in NH, a public high school in NH, a non-public accredited high school in NH, Dartmouth College, or a college or university operated by the university system of NH or the community college system of NH. The card must contain either an expiration date or an issuance date.

 
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Where Do I Vote?

Make a plan. Look up your voting site and hours at: https://app.sos.nh.gov/Public/PollingPlaceSearch.aspx

 
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How Can I Vote?

By Mail


New Hampshire reqires an excuse to vote by mail. You may cast a mail ballot for one of the following reasons:

  • You plan to be absent from your city or town of domicile on Election Day

  • You cannot appear in public on Election Day due to observation of a religious commitment

  • You are unable to vote in person due to a disability

  • You cannot appear at any time during polling hours at your polling place due to an employment obligation, which includes the care of children and infirm adults, with or without compensation

  • Are confined to a penal institution for a misdemeanor while awaiting trial


You may request an absentee ballot from your town clerk in person or by submitting an application by mail or fax.


Completed absentee ballots must be returned and received by your town clerk no later than 5 p.m. on Election Day. You may return a completed absentee ballot in-person at your municipal clerk's office or polling place, or by mail.


You can track your absentee ballot here: http://app.sos.nh.gov/Public/AbsenteeBallot.aspx

 


Election Day


Voting sites will be open at different times depending on the town, but all will close at 7 p.m. on Election Day. If you are in line by the closing time, then you have the right to vote.

 
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Common Questions/Concerns

Registering to Vote Does Not Affect Your:


Federal Financial Aid

Where you register to vote will not affect federal financial aid such as Pell Grants, Perkins or Stafford loans, or your dependency status for FAFSA.


Status as a Dependent on Your Parents’ Taxes

Being registered to vote at a different address from your parents does not prevent them from claiming you as a dependent on their taxes.


Tuition Status

Being deemed out-of-state for tuition purposes does not prevent you from choosing to register to vote in your campus community.

 

Will registering to vote in New Hampshire affect my driver’s license or car registration?

If you register to vote in New Hampshire you will be a considered a resident for motor vehicle purposes, which means you must obtain a New Hampshire driver's license and update your car's registration if you drive or maintain a vehicle in New Hampshire.

 

Fair Elections Center and Campus Vote Project intend the information contained herein to be used only as a general guide. This document should not be used as a substitute for consultation with a licensed New Hampshire legal professional.

 

Last updated July 2021