How to Register to Vote in New Hampshire?
Before U.S. citizens and residents cast their ballot, they are required to register to vote. New Hampshire residents can register to vote either through the town or city clerk's office, community Supervisors of the Checklist or even at the place of polling on the day of the election.
Acquiring a voter registration form in New Hampshire
Town or city clerk’s office - You should appear in person and provide proof of age, citizenship, and domicile or fill up a qualified voter affidavit. You will then have to complete a standard voter registration form.
Supervisors of the Checklist – Legally, supervisors are required to meet on a Saturday 10 days before each date of election or on a day that is 6 to 13 days before the time of a state election. You can obtain information on the year and timings of such meets that happen in your community from your local newspaper, town's website or get in touch with your clerk' office. City residents can register with the Registrar of Voters at the city hall. You will need to log in person.
At the polling place on election day - You will need to go in person and provide proof of age, identity, citizenship, and domicile. If you qualify, you can register to vote.
Via mail or in writing – You will need to get in touch with your local election office. You can access that information here -https://app.sos.nh.gov/Public/ClerkDetails.aspx.
Voter registration qualifications in New Hampshire
- Age – You must be a minimum of 18 years on the day of the election.
- Citizen – You must be a United States citizen, and you will be required to submit proof of citizenship. For example - your birth certificate, passport, etc. If you are a naturalized citizen, then naturalization papers are needed. If you are unable to provide proof of citizenship, then you must complete a qualified voter's affidavit.
- Residency – Residents who have just moved to the state can register to vote. There is no mandated minimum period you are required to have lived in the state before the elections. However, you must be domiciled in the city or town where you are registering to vote.
- Felony convictions – For information on convicted felon’s right to vote, please click on this link - http://sos.nh.gov/Felons.aspx
Registration deadline Absentee Ballot
If you have not registered to vote as yet, you will need to get in touch with your community’s Supervisor of the checklist to check their last meeting date. If you fail to meet them, the alternative is to register to vote at the polling place itself directly. The same rules apply for both the state primary and state general elections.
Party affiliation in New Hampshire
A voter who is undeclared may vote in a presidential or state primary election. They will need to select a Democratic, Republican or Libertarian nominee at the polling place. They can get their party's affiliation changed either through the clerk of the city or town in which they are domiciled. Alternatively, they can improve their alliance at a scheduled meeting of the Supervisors of the checklist. However, affiliation cannot be changed from the first day of the filing period for either the state and presidential primary election and the election date itself.
Absentee Ballot in New Hampshire
Individuals requiring absentee ballot forms can source these forms online or in person through the county or city clerk. Absentee ballots are available up to 30 days before the election date. They are also allowed to mail in a request to the city or county clerk. Absentee ballot applications can be faxed to a town or city clerk. Once qualified, they will have to submit the completed absentee ballots anytime before 5:00 p.m. on the day before the election, if filing in person. If sending via mail, an additional 24 hours is allowed - up to 5:00 p.m. on the day of the of the election.
Military and overseas applicants in New Hampshire
Information on New Hampshire’s Uniformed and Overseas Voters can be found at - http://sos.nh.gov/UOCAVAFAQ.aspx.
For more information on registering to vote in New Hampshire, visit the New Hampshire Secretary of State official site at - http://sos.nh.gov/HowRegVote.aspx