On October 21, 2014 the Attorney General of NH issued the following explanatory document to all towns for the purpose of explaining procedures to election officials. Any member of the voting public who worries about being denied the right to vote may wish to look at these guidelines.
If you are denied the right to vote, do not wait. Immediately call the Attorney General's office. If you did not act on a possible violation on election day, please call the Attorney General's office to discuss filing a complaint after the fact: (603) 271-3658.
Note that the fliers and brochures below have been updated to reflect changes in voter ID requirements for 2015 elections. It is likely that the information will remain correct for 2016 elections as well.
What Voters Need to Know about Voter ID Requirements. Download the pdf. League gives permission for anyone to copy and distribute this flier so that all voters will know what to expect on election days.
Not registered yet? Download the Voter Registration Information flier. The League encourages everyone to vote, and gives permission for the copying of this flier to distribute to potential voters. En Espanol Registrarse para votar en NH
Voter Registration and Voter ID requirements tri-fold brochure. Groups and individuals may copy and print this brochure for distribution without further permission.
Larger print simplified flier with voter registration, voter ID, and absentee voting information. Download the pdf: Groups and individuals may copy and print this flier for distribution without further permission.
What is NH's Executive Council? Why is it so important? Who is on the Executive Council? Download the brochure.
We have posted a new flier with the information for 2015 & 2016.
Download the pdf about the voter ID requirements for 2015-2016. The League gives permission for groups and individuals to copy and distribute this important information.
Registered voters wishing to change party affiliation may also do so at their city or town clerk's office during regular hours up to October 30.
Voters who are registered as "undeclared" do not have to do anything at this time. If they wish to vote in the primary, they will ask for a ballot for whichever party they wish. Doing so will change their affiliation to that party. If they wish to return to "undeclared" status, they should fill out paperwork at the polling place after voting but before leaving the polling area.
As of September 30, 2015, the number of registered voters in the state is: Undeclared + 380,751 Republican + 261,906 Democrat + 229,884 Total registered voters: 872,541
Qualified voters who are not yet registered can continue to register at their city/town clerk's office up to 10 days before an election
May 15, 2015 The NH Supreme Court today issued its ruling about the voter registration form, supporting the earlier court's decision that ruled it is unconstitutional to have language in the voter reg form requiring registration of a car in NH if one claims NH as voting domicile. This makes the League very happy. The decision can be read here
July 25, 2014: The injunction against the voter registration form (proposed by the legislature in 2012) that would have required a voter to also register a car and get a NH drivers license has just been made permanent. The League was a plaintive in the original suit, along with 4 students, to stop this blatant attempt to disenfranchise student voters, temporary military residents, and others. Read the details
Sept. 16, 2015 The legislation vetoed by Governor Maggie Hassan that would have required 30-days residence to vote will not become law. An attempt to override the Governor's veto failed. There is no time requirement for living in a particular place in NH in order to vote.
Elections in major cities for city offices and school board are held in November (Franklin election is in October). City primaries, if needed, are generally held in September or October.
Elections for town and school board offices are held in many towns in March. Some towns hold elections in May instead. Deliberative sessions in SB2 towns are held earlier (call your town clerk to confirm dates). Town meeting may be held on the same day as elections or a subsequent date. See more below under Town Meetings.
If you are registered with a party and you wish to vote in another party's primary in the future, you must change your party affiliation. Dates will be announced. Supervisors of the checklist will meet (probably at your town office) for a few hours to process these requests. Phone your town or city clerk for hours and place. Anyone wishing to run for office in the primary and who is not already a registered voter must register before the filing date.
For the Presidential primaries, if you decide you wish to vote in the primary of a different party than the one in which you are currently registered, you will need to change your affiliation at your town or city clerk's office before November 1, 2015.
The filing dates for the 2016 Presidential primary are Nov. 4 to Nov. 20, 2015.
If you have questions about your voting rights, you may contact the Secretary of State, 603-271-3242, the Attorney General, 603-271-3658, or the League, 603-225-5344.
One page flier Voter Registration Information flier The same information is given in this tri-fold brochure Voter Registration Brochure. Groups and individuals may copy and print either the fliers or the brochure for distribution without further permission.
Spanish-language version Registrarse para Votar en NH 2015
Portuguese-language version Registre para Votar
WHO NEEDS TO REGISTER If you are already registered in the town or city where you live now, you don't need to register again. If you moved to a new town, or if you never registered in your town before, you need to register in order to vote. NH law allows voters to register on the same day as they vote. Be aware this will take extra time at the polls. If possible, register at your town or city clerk's office in advance, up to 10 days before an election. If you wish to run for public office, you must be a registered voter before the filing period opens.
WHO CAN REGISTER
New Hampshire residents who will be 18 years of age or older on election day, and a United States citizen, may register with the town or city clerk or with the Supervisors of the Checklist in their town up to 10 days before any election. You may also register on election day at the polling place. You will be asked to show proof of age, citizenship and domicile.
New Hampshire doesn't have a length of residency requirement for voting. Even if you moved here recently, you may vote if this is the place where you are living now, not just vacationing or visiting. You may claim only one place as your residence for voting purposes.
HOW TO REGISTER
1. Apply at your town or city clerk's office. You will be required to fill out a standard voter registration form and will be asked to show proof of age, citizenship and domicile.
2. Register with your community's Supervisors of the Checklist. By law they are required to meet on the Saturday 10 days prior to each election. Check the local newspaper(s) or call your clerk's office for the place, date and time of such meeting. You will be required to fill out a standard voter registration form and will be asked to show proof of age, citizenship and domicile.
3. Qualified individuals may also register to vote at the polling place on election day at all elections. You will be required to fill out a standard voter registration form and will be required to show proof of age, citizenship and domicile.
When you register, you will fill out a form giving your name, age, place of birth, local residence, previous voting address if you were registered to vote somewhere else, and a driver's license identification number or the last four digits of your social security number if you have one. You will be asked to read and sign a statement saying you understand voting fraud is a crime. You will also be asked for documents to confirm your identity, age and residence in the voting district.
PROVING YOU ARE ELIGIBLE TO REGISTER
There are several ways to prove your identity, age and residence. The easiest is to bring a current driver's license or non-driver photo ID, a current passport or current military photo ID to the polls with you. If you are a naturalized citizen, you should bring your naturalization papers if you have them. If not, you can sign a citizenship affidavit.
If you don't have a current government photo ID, there are other ways to meet the requirements. As a last resort, you can sign a paper saying you are who you say you are and you live where you say you live. Other common documents you can use to register include a student ID, employee ID, birth certificate, rental lease, tax bill, utility bill, bank statement or any other document that would reasonably establish your identity and local residence.
If you are qualified to be a voter in your voting district, you cannot be denied the right to vote. You should bring the best available documentation with you if you register on Election Day but you cannot be turned away or required to leave the polling place to get any documents on Election Day.
Once you have registered to vote, you will be directed to the Ballot Clerk to receive your ballot. The next time you vote, you can go straight to the Ballot Clerk and announce your name.
For further registration information, including that related to absentee registration and ballots, college students, overseas citizens and armed services, please see the Secretary of State, Elections Division "web page"http://sos.nh.gov/RegVote.aspx
The preceding information is based on information from the Attorney General's office and the Elections page of the Secretary of State's website, http://sos.nh.gov/Elections.aspx, and state law.
To get an absentee ballot for state and federal elections by mail, fill out and mail or fax the official absentee ballot application well in advance to your town or city clerk's office. You are not required to have a photo ID to vote absentee. Your signature will be checked against your registration signature.
This twice-folded brochure contains the same information as the above flier. LWVNH hereby gives permission for its copying and distribution without further permission. Voting Information for College Students brochure
The Secretary of State's website has detailed information for college students who may decide to register and vote where they live while attending college. College Students Voting
College students who prefer to vote in their home states or home communities may do so using absentee ballots if they will not be home on election day.
For information on the rules regarding town meetings, read this excellent article from the NH Municipal Association It explains how town meeting works, the powers of voters and of the moderator, how to get items on the warrant, etc.
To find names and contact information for your State Representatives or Senator, use the search engine at the New Hampshire General Court's web page. To examine current state legislation or research the voting records of state legislators, see the New Hampshire General Court's web page. This information will be updated when the newly elected legislators take office.
Click on these links to find names and contact information for your United States Representative or United States Senators. This information was updated Jan. 2015. You can also sign up for weekly email newsletters from your Representative and Senators via their websites.
View the Library of Congress' web page for comprehensive information on current and past federal legislation.
Manchester NH: 603-641-9536
Concord NH: 603-226-1002
Manchester NH: 603-622-7979
Manchester NH: 603-647-7500
To find out which district you are in for the Congressional race as well as state Senate, state House, and Executive Council, go to http://sos.nh.gov/VoteDist.aspx
Not sure where you should go to vote? Not sure of the hours to vote? You can type in your name and address on this secure site of the NH Secretary of State's website and find out the address for your polling place: http://cfs.sos.nh.gov/app/Public/PollingPlaceSearch.aspx
The document (prepared by LWVUS) refers to VOTE 411 as the source of voter information; for NH voters, we suggest you use the LWVNH.org website or the NH Secretary of State's website for information about registration and voting. VOTE411 will eventually have information about the Presidential candidates but does not yet have it (Oct. 2015).