Voting in New Hampshire

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New Hampshire does not permit online voter registration, early voting, or no-excuse absentee voting. Voters in New Hampshire are required to present valid photo identification at the polls.

For full information about voting in New Hampshire, contact the state election agency.


To vote in New Hampshire, you must be a New Hampshire resident and United States citizen who will be 18 years of age or older on the day of the next election.[1]

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.[1]

Online registration

See also: Online voter registration in the 50 states

As of May 2015, New Hampshire is one of 30 states that have not implemented full online voter registration.

Voting on Election Day

Voter identification

See also: Voter identification laws by state

Beginning in 2015, voters in New Hampshire must present photo identification at the polls.[2]

On June 27, 2012, the New Hampshire State Senate and the New Hampshire House of Representatives voted to override the governor’s veto of Senate Bill 289, the state's photo voter identification law. The Senate voted 18-5, while the House voted 231-112. The two-thirds requirement to override the governor's veto was met. Both re-introduced and approved an amended version of House Bill 1354.[3] Before implementation, the new law required DOJ clearance.[4] New Hampshire debuted the new voter identification law in the September 2012 primaries. However, voters could still cast a ballot without identification. For the November 2012 elections, a voter could cast a ballot without identification, but was required to sign an affidavit. After the election, the New Hampshire Attorney General planned to contact each person who signed an affidavit to verify his or her identity. A strict photo ID requirements took effect in 2015.[5]

Poll times

See also: State Poll Opening and Closing Times

In New Hampshire, 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.[6]

Primary voting

New Hampshire utilizes a mixed primary system. An unaffiliated may vote in the primary, but in order to do so, he or she must choose a party before voting.[7]

Absentee voting

See also: Absentee voting


You are eligible to vote absentee in an election if you cannot make it to the polls on Election Day for one of the following reasons:[8][9]

  • 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[10]


There is no specific deadline for applying for an absentee ballot. The ballot must 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.[8][9]

Military and overseas voting

For full details regarding military and overseas voting, visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program.

Early voting

See also: Early voting

New Hampshire is one of 14 states that do not permit early voting in any form.[11]

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Ballotpedia has tracked the following ballot measures relating to election and campaign policy in New Hampshire.

  1. New Hampshire Representation by District, Question 2 (2006)

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