Voting in New Hampshire
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To vote in New Hampshire, you must be a New Hampshire resident who will be 18 years of age or older on the day of the next election and a United States Citizen.
When and where
You may register with the town or city clerk's office or with the community's Supervisors of the Checklist. Registration must be completed at least 10 days before the election if done in this fashion. You can also register at the polls on election day. Proof of age, citizenship, and residence is required to register.
As of November 2014, New Hampshire is one of the 35 states that have not implemented online voter registration.
Voting on election day
Note: On June 26, 2013, reforms to the state's Voter ID legislation, first passed in 2012, cleared the state legislature. Under the revised legislation, student IDs will remain valid forms of identification, voters aged 65 and over will be able to use expired driver's licenses as ID, and a requirement that individuals voting without valid ID be photographed will be delayed until 2015. Governor Maggie Hassan, whose veto of the 2012 legislation was overridden by the legislature, indicated that she intended to sign the compromise legislation into law.
- See also: State Poll Opening and Closing Times
In New Hampshire, the polling place hours of operation vary. In general, polling places open between 6:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. and close at 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Voters in New Hampshire should contact their municipal clerk's office for actual polling place times.
New Hampshire is one of 21 states with a mixed primary system. Unaffiliated voters may vote in the primary, but in order to do so, they have to choose a party before voting. This changes their status from unaffiliated to affiliated with that party, unless they fill out a card to return to undeclared status.
- See also: Absentee voting
- you will be absent on the day of any state election from the county, city, or town in which you are registered to vote
- you are unable to appear in public on election day because of your observance of a religious commitment
- you are unable to vote in person by reason of physical disability
- you are unable to vote in person by reason of military service
- you are unable to appear at any time during polling hours at your polling place because an employment obligation requires you 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
There is no specific deadline for applying for an absentee ballot. The ballot must then be returned either in person by 5 p.m. the day before the election or by mail. If returned by mail, the ballot must be received by 5 p.m. on election day.
Military and overseas voting
For full details, visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program here.
- See also: Early voting
- New Hampshire Secretary of State, "Voter Registration," accessed June 10, 2014
- Valley News, "Voter ID Compromise, Medical Marijuana Approved in N.H.," June 27, 2013
- Vote411.org, "Voting In New Hampshire," accessed January 3, 2014
- New Hampshire Secretary of State Website, "How to Register to Vote in New Hampshire," accessed January 3, 2014
- New Hampshire Secretary of State, "How to Register to Vote," accessed December 16, 2013
- Long Distance Voter, "New Hampshire Absentee Ballot Guide," accessed December 16, 2013
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- National Conference of State Legislatures "Absentee and Early Voting," accessed December 16, 2013