Voting Guide

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.

For the 2020 State Primary and General Election, voters concerned about contracting COVID-19 may register by mail and cast their ballots by mail. For more information, including application forms, visit: https://sos.nh.gov/VotingEmergency.aspx.



  • State Primary Election Registration Deadline: Election Day registration – September 8

  • State Primary Election: September 8

  • General Election Registration Deadline: Election Day registration – November 3

  • General Election: November 3

Students have a choice about where to register to vote.

Students attending college may register at their campus address or choose to remain registered or register at their permanent or home address. In New Hampshire, students can claim domicile for voting purposes if they meet the same requirements as any other voter under state law. A voter can only have one domicile for voting purposes.

You may only be registered and vote in one location.

All voters are asked to show proof of identify, age, citizenship, and domicile, which can be satisfied either with documents or by signing an affidavit if you do not have documents with you.

  • 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/card 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.


Domicile: any reasonable documentation showing that the person is domiciled in the city or town in which they wish to register, or completion of a Domicile Affidavit.

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-drive ID card issued by any state or the federal government

  • U.S. armed forces ID card

  • 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.

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

By Mail

For the 2020 State Primary and General Election, voters concerned about contracting COVID-19 may register by mail and cast their ballots by mail. For more information, including application forms, visit: https://sos.nh.gov/VotingEmergency.aspx.

You may only vote absentee by mail if you have 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

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

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 or by mail.

You may 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 must be allowed to vote.

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 state law will require you to change your license if you drive in New Hampshire or vehicle registration to New Hampshire if you own a car.*


*Pending litigation and legislation may affect this information. Check back for updates.

Fair Elections Center and Campus Vote Project intend the information contained herein is used only as a general guide. This document should not be used as a substitute for consultation with a licensed North Carolina legal professional.
Last updated March 2019