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 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.
- 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.
- See also: Absentee voting
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.
Military and overseas voting
For full details regarding military and overseas voting, visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program.
- See also: Early voting
New Hampshire is one of 14 states that do not permit early voting in any form.
- Voter registration guide
- 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, "How to Register to Vote," accessed December 16, 2013
- Long Distance Voter, "New Hampshire Absentee Ballot Guide," accessed December 16, 2013
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- National Conference of State Legislatures, "Absentee and Early Voting," accessed December 16, 2013