Voting in New Hampshire
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New Hampshire has a mixed primary system. Registered Democrats and Republicans can only vote for their own party in the primary but Independent voters may decide which party they would like to vote for. Unregistered voters can register on election day.
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 December 2013, New Hampshire is one of the 37 states that have not implemented online voter registration.
Voting on election day
Note: On June 27, 2012 the New Hampshire State Senate and House of Representatives voted to override the governor’s veto of Senate Bill 289. 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. The governor has five days from June 27 to sign, veto or let HB 1354 become law without his signature. The bill would require people to present photo identification when voting. Those who do not have a photo ID can vote a valid ballot after executing an affidavit right there at the polls. Before implementation, the new law requires DOJ clearance.
- See also: State Poll Opening and Closing Times
In New Hampshire, the polling place hours of operation vary in New Hampshire. In general, polling places open between 6:00 am and 11:00 am and close at 7:00 pm or 8:00 pm, Eastern Time. Voters in New Hampshire should contact their municipal clerk's office for actual polling place times.
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:
- 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 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 close of business the day before the election or by mail. If returned by mail, it must be received by 5pm on election day.
Military and overseas voting
For full details, visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program here.
There is no early voting in New Hampshire.