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Voting in New Hampshire

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This page has information relating to voting in New Hampshire. For full information contact your state election agency.


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.[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 April 2015, New Hampshire is one of 30 states that have not implemented full 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.[2]

Poll times

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.[3]

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:[4][5]

  • 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[6]


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.[4][5]

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.[7]

See also

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