This template for town websites was developed by the LWVNH after a thorough study of NH town websites in 2012-13. 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.
(Note: the Secretary of State's website changes and the links in the template below have not been updated for 2020. The concept, however, remains the same and League can help you find current links, if needed.)
A webinar to explain the template and why these improvements are helpful for voters and officials was presented on March 26, 2014, 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 The webinar has been archived and is available for anyone to watch at this site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.
Town Clerk (name, email, phone, FAX) or link to your town clerk's page
Supervisors of the Checklist (names, emails)
NH Secretary of State Phone: 603-271-3242 Fax: 603-271-6316
(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:
"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.)
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.
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 as State/Congressional elections.
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.)
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 )