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How to be an informed registered voter.

How to Register, How to Vote Absentee, information about Elections, How to Contact Elected Officials.

On October 31, 2016 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 believe you or someone else was denied the right to vote, do not wait. Call the Attorney General's office (toll-free hotline is 1-866-868-3703).

The NH Attorney General's office offers answers to frequently asked election questions on this webpage

Register to Vote

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

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 to vote. 17-year-olds who will be 18 by the date of the next scheduled election may register to vote.

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.

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. If possible, register in advance at your town or city clerk's office, up to 6-13 days before an election (this 6-13 days period when no registrations are accepted will vary depending on specific elections--check with town/city clerk's office). NH law allows voters to register on the same day as they vote. Be aware this will take extra time at the polls.

If you wish to run for public office, you must be a registered voter before the filing period opens.

HOW TO REGISTER Three choices:

1. Apply at your town or city clerk's office. You will be required to fill out a voter registration form and will be asked to show proof of identity, age, citizenship and domicile (see below for documents needed).

2. Register with your community's Supervisors of the Checklist. By law they are required to meet between 6 and 13 days prior to each election (will vary by elections). Check the local newspaper or call your clerk's office for the place, date and time of such meeting. You will be required to fill out a voter registration form and will be asked to show proof of identity, age, citizenship and domicile (see below for documents needed).

3. You may register to vote at the polling place on election day at all elections (see below for documents needed.)

DOCUMENTS NEEDED TO REGISTER:

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 prove your identity, age, citizenship, and where you live in the voting district. A driver's license with your current address can be offered for identity, age, and where you live. A birth certificate (if you have not since changed your name) or naturalization papers can prove citizenship. If you lack documents for identity, age, and citizenship you can sign a paper attesting to the truth of the information you have given.

If you have no current drivers license with your address, you should ask the town/city clerk for a list of other documents that you can use to prove domicile (where you live). That list is also available on the Secretary of State's Website: http://sos.nh.gov/nhsos_content.aspx?id=8589972818

You may register with a specific party, or you may leave party affiliation blank on the registration form.

YOUR RIGHT TO VOTE

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 you cannot be turned away or required to leave the polling place to get any documents on Election Day. If you cannot provide documents to prove where you live, you will be given a different registration form. It will ask you to promise to return within either 10 or 30 days with written proof. If you believe you can't get such documents, you will sign a form agreeing that officials may investigate further.

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

The preceding information is mostly based on information from the Attorney General's office and the Elections page of the Secretary of State's website, http://sos.nh.gov/electfaq.aspx, and state law.

Voter ID Requirements for Elections in 2018

ONLY ONE PHOTO ID IS NEEDED, and if you don't have one, you can sign an affidavit and still vote.

The fliers below are accurate for 2018, even though most are still labeled 2016-2017. The requirements for ID have not changed.

Download the pdf about the voter ID requirements for 2018. The League gives permission for groups and individuals to copy and distribute this important information.

En Espanol-- Hagase Escuchar en 2018

Em Português -- O que voçê precisa saber sobre o Voto

En Francais: Ce Qu'il Faut Savoir pour Voter dans le New Hampshire--en français

In Nepali: Voter Identity Information in Nepali तपाईंको आवाज सुनियोस्! मतदान गर्नुहोस्!

मतदानबारे तपाईंले के कति कुरा जान्न आवश्यक छ ?

College students

Please note that as of Sept. 2017, college students who wish to register in the town where they live while attending college will need to supply written proof of where they live. This can be a letter from the dormitory manager, an apartment lease or utility bill in your name, or a form filled out by the person who owns or leases the place you live. Ask your town/city clerk for a list of approved documents or a form your landlord can complete.

The fliers below do not reflect the above new proof of domicile rules. Sorry--we need to update them.

Download this pdf flier Voting Information for College Students

This twice-folded brochure contains the same information as the above flier. 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 (League note: as of Dec. 17, 2017, the Secretary of State's page has not been updated to reflect the new proof of domicile rules.)

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.

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. (Note that "work schedule" includes care of young children or the infirm, even if you are unpaid.)

You may get an absentee ballot application at your Town or City 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. They may, however, be hand-delivered by a relative with an ID on election day.

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.

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 representatives 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 click on "By Street Address" then type in your street address and choose Odd or Even for the house number on this secure site of the NH Secretary of State's website and find out the address for your polling place: http://app.sos.nh.gov/Public/PollingPlaceSearch.aspx

Elections in NH

Please check our calendar page for special elections scheduled in 2018. In case we miss some, you may also check the Secretary of State's website: special elections.

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 on the second Tuesday in March. Some towns hold elections in May instead. Deliberative sessions in SB2 towns and school districts 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 or run 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.

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.

Know Your Elected Officials brochures

These brochures prepared by local Leagues contain town offices websites and phone numbers, names and contact information of state representatives and senators, and other state and federal elected officials information.

Nashua (the city officials listed here will be updated following the Nov. 7, 2017 city election.) Click here for the pdf.

Kearsarge/Sunapee area: Click here for the pdf.

Peterborough plus surrounding towns: Click here for the pdf.

Concord prepared by the LWV Greater Capital area. Click here for the pdf.

Allenstown, Chichester, Epsom, Hooksett, Pembroke, prepared by the LWV Greater Capital area. download the pdf

Loudon, Canterbury, Boscawen, Dunbarton, Bow, Hopkinton prepared by the LWV Greater Capital area. download the pdf

Nashua municipal elected officials: job descriptions. Click here

"Down-ballot" elected officials' roles and qualifications in NH. Click here to download a short summary of state and county positions

What is NH's Executive Council? Why is it so important? Click here to download the flier.

Elected Officials & Roll Call Voting Records

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.

To contact Governor Chris Sununu, use the webform or phone number at this site: http://www.governor.nh.gov/contact/index.htm

FEDERAL INFORMATION

To send an email message to President Donald Trump, use the webform on this website: https://www.whitehouse.gov/contact#page

Click on these links to find names and contact information for your United States Representative or United States Senators. This information was updated Feb. 2017. You can also sign up for weekly email newsletters from your Representative and Senators via their websites.

If you wish to contact your US Representative or Senator, be aware that paper mail is likely to be delayed significantly for security reasons. You may phone DC or NH offices, or you may send email via the Contact webform on each official's website.

View the Library of Congress' web page for comprehensive information on current and past federal legislation.

*Representative Carol Shea-Porter (District 1) <https://shea-porter.house.gov/>

Washington Office: 1530 Longworth House Office Building Washington, DC 20515 Phone: (202)225-5456

Dover Office: 660 Central Ave., Dover, NH 03820 Toll-free phone: 1-888-216-5373

*Representative Annie Kuster (District 2) <http://www.kuster.house.gov/>

Washington office: 137 Cannon House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515 Phone: (202) 225-5206 Fax: (202) 225-2946

Concord NH: 18 N. Main St., Concord 03301 phone:(603)226-1002 FAX: (603) 226-1010

Nashua NH: 70 E. Pearl St., Nashua 03060 phone:(603) 595-2006 FAX: (603) 595-2016

*Senator Maggie Hassan <https://www.hassan.senate.gov/content/contact-senator>

Washington office: B85 Russell Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510 Phone: (202) 224-3324 Fax: (202) 228-0581

Manchester office: 1200 Elm Street, Suite 2, Manchester, NH 03101 Phone: (603) 622-2204

*Senator Jeanne Shaheen <http://www.shaheen.senate.gov/>

Washington office: 506 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510 Phone: (202) 224-2841

Manchester NH: 2 Wall Street, Suite 220, Manchester, NH 03101 phone:(603) 647-7500

Dover NH: 340 Central Avenue, Suite 205, Dover, NH 03820 Phone: (603) 750-3004

_______ VOTING RECORDS ON ROLL-CALL VOTES

For roll call votes and individual NH state senator / state representative voting records, click here

You can search a specific session to look up roll call votes during that session, and to check the records of specific members.

For the U.S. Congress to find out who voted on a particular bill click here

If you want to look up a particular U.S. Congressperson / Senator's voting record click here.

Town Meetings

Elections for town and school board offices are held in many towns in March (second Tuesday). Some towns hold elections in May instead. Deliberative sessions in SB2 towns and school districts are held earlier (call your town clerk to confirm dates). Town meeting (where residents actively participate in discussion and voting on warrant articles in their towns) may be held on the same day as elections or a subsequent date.

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.

Voter Information Fliers (some are out of date as noted below)

Note that the fliers and brochures below have been updated to reflect changes in voter ID requirements for 2018 elections. ONLY ONE PHOTO ID IS NEEDED, and if you don't have one, you can sign an affidavit and still vote.

The voter registration guidelines in these brochures do NOT reflect changes that took effect Sept. 8, 2017. If you register after Sept. 8, 2017, ask your town or city clerk or the Secretary of State about documents you must provide to prove you live where you say you do. You will need to provide ONLY ONE document from the list in order to prove this is where you live for voting purposes, or sign a form agreeing to further investigation about where you live.

Larger print simply worded 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.

Ce Qu'il Faut Savoir pour Voter dans le New Hampshire--en français

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.

En Espanol-- Hagase Escuchar

Em Português -- O que voçê precisa saber sobre o Voto

En Francais: Ce Qu'il Faut Savoir pour Voter dans le New Hampshire--en français

Voter Identity Information in Nepali तपाईंको आवाज सुनियोस्! मतदान गर्नुहोस्!

मतदानबारे तपाईंले के कति कुरा जान्न आवश्यक छ ?

Not registered yet? For Fall elections in some cities: With the new SB3 voter registration procedures in effect, a person who wants to register on election day in Fall 2017 MUST provide proof of where they live or sign a form agreeing to further investigation of where they live. When the League's lawsuit against SB3 is settled, we will update the documents below.

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

Em Português--Registre para Votar

En Francais: Ce Qu'il Faut Savoir pour Voter dans le New Hampshire--en français

Voter Registration Information in Nepali मतदानका लागि दर्ता गर्नुहोस् + तपाईंको मतको महत्व छ

Voter Registration and Voter ID requirements tri-fold brochure . Groups and individuals may copy and print this brochure for distribution without further permission.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The fliers below reflect procedures that were followed until Sept. 8, 2017. After that, proof of where you live will be more complicated, as indicated above. You may no longer use an affidavit to prove where you live; you must have documentation or allow an investigation to prove you live in the town or ward where you are registering.

One page flier Voter Registration Information flier The same information is given in this tri-fold brochure Voter Registration and Voter ID requirements tri-fold brochure . Groups and individuals may copy and print this brochure for distribution without further permission.

Spanish-language version Registrarse para Votar en NH

Portuguese-language version Registre para Votar

French-language version Ce Qu'il Faut Savoir pour Voter dans le New Hampshire--en français

Nepali-language version Voter Registration Information in Nepali मतदानका लागि दर्ता गर्नुहोस् + तपाईंको मतको महत्व छ

Nashua Voter Guide 2016

Candidates for NH Governor, NH House, NH Senate, Executive Council, and Hillsboro county seats were sent a questionnaire about their background and positions on several issues. Click here to read their responses. No response listed means the questionnaire was not returned.

The questionnaire was prepared by the League of Women Voters NH Nashua unit. Updated Oct. 26, 2016, with two additional responses.

Voting statistics and court rulings

As of the ballot count on Nov. 10, 2016, in New Hampshire 764,945 ballots were cast in the Nov. 8 election.

As of September 30, 2015, the number of registered voters in the state was: Undeclared 380,751; Republican 261,906; Democrat 229,884; Total registered voters: 872,541

Election results broken down by counties can be found on the Secretary of State's website

Sept. 12, 2017 Ruling in SB3 preliminary injunction suit. Judge Temple in Hillsborough District Court this morning issued a ruling that the procedures for voter registration under SB3 may be used for the special election today in the Laconia area, but that any penalty for failing to return papers shall not be imposed. He also directed the Secretary of State to educate the voters about the new registration procedures (something that has not happened, via website or a public information campaign).

On the matter of whether the League of Women Voters NH has standing in the case as it moves forward, details to be explained later. Stay tuned to news. No date set yet for the actual trial of the case. Until then, SB3 without penalties remains in effect for municipal and special elections.

New in 2016: 17-year-olds may register to vote if they will be 18 by the time of the next scheduled election. Someone who is currently 17 may go to the town or city clerk's office to register before the election, provided he/she will turn 18 on or before the actual election date. The same 6-13 days "black-out period" between acceptance of registration forms by the town/city clerk and the actual election apply to all who wish to register. (This is to allow printing of the updated registered voters lists--begging your town/city clerk to accept your registration a couple of days before an election won't work.)

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 registration 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.

Redistricting

Redistricting is a serious matter. How districts are drawn can determine which party has the better chance of winning votes. The League has a position in favor of a non-partisan redistricting commission and has testified in the NH legislature in favor of such bills. We did so again in 2017. NH will face redistricting again after the 2020 census.

On a lighter note, this Youtube video explains in a satiric way just what the problem with gerrymandering is. view the video