Note that the flier below has been updated to reflect changes in voter ID requirements for 2013 and 2014 elections.
What Voters Need to Know about Voter ID Requirements in 2013-2014. 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.
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
We have posted a new flier with the information for 2013.
Download the pdf about the voter ID requirements for 2013-2014. The League gives permission for groups and individuals to copy and distribute this important information.
An important special election to fill the seat of Ray Burton, Executive Council member for the northern part of NH, will be held March 11. Candidates are Michael J. Cryans,(Dem) Hanover (PO Box 999, Hanover) and Joseph D. Kenney,(Rep) Wakefield (PO Box 201, Union 03887). The League-moderated forum for these two candidates was held in Meredith on Feb. 11 and recorded by Lakes Region Public Access TV. It is available for viewers to watch via the www.LRPA.org website Click on Cryans-Kenney debate on the homepage, then click the play triangle. Download this 2-pages description of the functions of the Executive Council
Elections in major cities for city offices and school board are held in November. City primaries are held in September. 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 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.
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.
Download the pdf flier Voter Registration Information
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.
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 an affidavit 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.
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.
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.
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