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Elections

How to be an informed registered voter.

Note that the fliers and brochures below has been updated to reflect changes in voter ID requirements for 2014 elections.

What Voters Need to Know about Voter ID Requirements in 2014. 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.

En Espanol-- Hagase Escuchar en 2014

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 give to new voters or those new to the area. 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.

What is NH's Executive Council? Why is it so important? Who is running for Executive Council in 2014? Download the brochure.

Voter ID Requirements for Elections in 2014

The legislature's passage of SB595 as amended on 6-26-13, the voter identification law, requires only minor changes in election procedures for 2013 and 2014 elections.

We have posted a new flier with the information for 2014.

Download the pdf about the voter ID requirements for 2014. The League gives permission for groups and individuals to copy and distribute this important information.

En Espanol Hagase Escuchar en 2014

Breaking News re Voter Registration

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

Candidates for Sept 9, 2014, primary election

The Secretary of State has posted the lists of Republicans and Democrats that have filed for federal, state, and county offices. That filing closed June 13. The lists may be accessed from this page of the state's Elections website.

Download this brochure describing the functions of the Executive Council We will update the list of candidates after the Sept. primary.

Elections in NH

Please check our calendar page for special elections scheduled in 2014. In case we miss some, you may also check the Secretary of State's website on special elections.

In 2014, the filing dates for state and federal offices are June 4-13. The primary will be held September 9. The general election will be held Nov. 4.

Elections in major cities for city offices and school board are held in November. City primaries are held in September.

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.

June 3, 2014, is the last date to change party affiliation before the Sept. primaries. If you are registered with a party and you wish to vote in another party's primary in September, you must change your party affiliation by this date. 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 by this date.

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.

Register to Vote

Are you registered to vote? Do you want to change your party, your address, your name?

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 flier or the brochure for distribution without further permission. Spanish-language version En Espanol Hagase Escuchar en 2014

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.

Voting by Absentee Ballot

If you are already registered but know you won't be able to go to the polls on Election Day because of disability, religious beliefs, work schedule, military service, or temporary absence, you may use an absentee ballot to vote. You may get a ballot at the Town Clerk's office until 5:00 P.M. on the day before election day. If you plan to mail an absentee ballot, it must be received at the Town Clerk's office by 5:00 P.M. on Election Day. Absentee ballots may NOT be faxed.

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.

College students

Download this pdf flier Voting Information for College Students The League of Women Voters NH hereby gives permission for individuals and schools to copy and distribute this flier without further permission.

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.

The Dartmouth College Democrats and Dartmouth College Republicans will be co-hosting two voter registration drives this fall. The clubs have firmed up the dates for the drives with the Town Clerk: Monday Sept 15, and Wednesday Oct 15, both from 3-5 PM, tentatively in Collis Commonground. This is a fully bi-partisan, collaborative effort, and both clubs look forward to getting students politically engaged in time for the 2014 elections. A representative from the Hanover Town Clerk's Office will be present to conduct the official registration, as will a representative from the Office of Residential Life to provide proof of domicile.

Voter Information

STATE INFORMATION

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.

FEDERAL INFORMATION

Click on these links to find names and contact information for your United States Representative or United States Senators. View the Library of Congress' web page for comprehensive information on current and past federal legislation.

  • Rep Carol Shea-Porter (district 1)

1530 Longworth House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515

DC 202-225-5456

<http://www.shea-porter.house.gov>

  • Rep Annie Kuster (District 2)

137 Cannon House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515

NH: 603-226-1002

DC 202-225-5206

<http://www.kuster.house.gov/>

  • Sen Kelly Ayotte

188 Russell Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510

NH: 603-622-7979

DC: 202-224-3324

<http://www.ayotte.senate.gov/>

  • Sen Jeanne Shaheen

G55 Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510

NH: 603-647-7500

DC: 202-224-2841

<http://www.shaheen.senate.gov/>

Finding YOUR districts or polling places

Voting information from the NH Secretary of State's website:

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/Voting_Districts.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

Election law study committee

Listen to this April 7, 2014 interview with the League's own Joan Ashwell, election law specialist, as she explains the goals of the NH legislature's election law study committee and what the League hopes the committee will accomplish. Joan's portion begins about 34 minutes into the one-hour podcast. http://www.nhnewsviewsblues.org/StateHouseWatch/SHW_20140407.mp3