Making Democracy Work

Sample Town Website (template)

Voter Information

EVERYTOWN NH's website homepage should include a menu item called VOTER INFORMATION or VOTING, somewhere that is easily seen. Clicking on that menu item will get users to the specific town's page resembling the sample below. (Note that this is a template that can be easily modified by town webmasters and town clerks.)

(This template for town websites was developed by the LWVNH after a thorough study of NH town websites. The League discovered that accurate and complete voter information was missing from or hard to find on many town sites. The League hopes towns will consider using this template to improve their websites and make voting information more accessible to their residents.)

A webinar to explain the template and why these improvements are helpful for voters and officials was presented on March 26, 2014, noon to 1 pm, thanks to the hosts (the NH Municipal Assn). The webinar has been archived and is available for anyone to watch at this site

For a Word document of this template, to allow webmasters easy cut and paste, please email LWV@kenliz.net with a request.

HOW TO REGISTER TO VOTE

FOUR WAYS TO REGISTER TO VOTE--each requires proof of age, citizenship, and domicile, by document or affidavit.

  • You may register to vote at the town (or city) clerk's office up to 6-13 days before any election.

The town clerk's office is at (address, for example 4 Park Street). The town clerk's hours are (for example, M-W 9 to 3; Thurs noon to 7pm). (or give this information with a link to town clerk's contact page)

  • You may also register to vote with your local Supervisors of the Checklist. They are required to meet at designated times to accept registrations and changes in party affiliation. These times are posted (in the local newspaper, in the post office, in town offices--be specific).

(Their hours should also be posted here and the list updated as needed.)

  • You may also register to vote on the day of any election, at the polling place. Be aware this will take extra time.

  • You may register absentee, by mail. If you are unable to register in person because of physical disability, religious beliefs, military service, or because of temporary absence, you may register by mail.  You should request an absentee voter registration affidavit and a standard voter registration form from your town or city clerk.  The absentee voter registration affidavit must be witnessed and then both the affidavit and the voter registration form are to be returned to your town or city clerk. Allow enough time for this.

Voter Registration Information

CONTACT INFORMATION:

Town Clerk (name, email, phone, FAX) or link to town clerk's page

Supervisors of the Checklist (names, emails)

NH Secretary of State Phone: 603-271-3242 Fax: 603-271-6316

HOW TO VOTE

IN PERSON: Polling place location

(In cities with wards, offer a way for people to find out which ward they live in and which polling site they should use. See how Nashua did this. )

Voter ID requirements: voter ID explanatory document (town webmaster could download the pdf and make this an internal link rather than have the user work thru the Secretary of State's menu) (the pdf would need to be updated with changes in election law; Secretary of State's link should be checked if law changes--they may change the link)

BY ABSENTEE BALLOT:

  • By NH law, only residents who will be absent from the town during the hours the polls are open on election day, and residents with illness or disabilities or religious reasons for being unable to travel to the polls are eligible to vote absentee.

Absentee ballots are available from your town or city clerk approximately 30 days before an election.  Request the absentee ballot application from the clerk or you may download the application. If you wish, you may submit a request in writing that should include all the information required on the application: your name, voting address, mailing address and your signature.   An application for an absentee ballot may be transmitted by FAX to your town or city clerk.

"Absentee Ballot Application" (this can be a pdf link under "download" in above section, when ballot applications are ready. The Secretary of State should have applications posted before state-wide elections.)

Voting in New Hampshire

If you have questions about your voting rights, you may contact the NH Secretary of State 603-271-3242 or the NH Attorney General 603-271-3658.

ELECTIONS

ELECTION DATES

Give the upcoming election date and the poll hours.

Town elections are held (the second Tuesday of March, the second Tuesday of May, or whatever applies in your town. SB2 towns should make both meeting and voting dates known.)

State-wide and Congressional elections are held in even-numbered years, on the Tuesday after the first Monday of November. Presidential elections are held every four years, on the same day.

Primaries for state-wide and Congressional elections are held in even-numbered years, the second Tuesday of September.

Presidential primaries are held early in the year of the Presidential election, on a date to be determined by the NH Secretary of State.

SAMPLE BALLOT for the Upcoming Election (click for link or pdf) (For state-wide and federal elections, the Secretary of State's website will have a link for this information. For town elections, a pdf can be created and posted.)

ELECTION RESULTS:

Ideally this would give the most recent election results within the town at the top of the list. (Past election results could be archived below.) (See how the town of Auburn has begun its Election Results page )