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New Hampshire voter registration
- In Person: Election Day
- By Mail: Received between 6 and 13 days before Election Day, depending on which town you live in.
- Online: N/A
If you have missed the voter registration deadline, you can still register to vote and a cast a ballot at the same time on Election Day. Simply go to your regular polling place or early voting site to register and vote. Contact your Local Election Office for questions about the process or identification requirements.
- To register in New Hampshire you must:
- Be a citizen of the United States
- Be 18 years of age or older on Election Day
- Register to vote only in the town or ward in which you actually live
- Not have been convicted of a felony, unless you are past your final discharge
- Not have been ever convicted of bribery or intimidation relating to elections
- New Hampshire residents cannot use the National Voter Registration form
- New Hampshire strongly prefers that residents register to vote in person
- If you cannot register to vote in person, call your town or city clerk and ask them to mail you a New Hampshire Voter Registration Form. This form is not available online. You can only get this form from your town or city clerk
- Once you get the New Hampshire voter registration form, fill it out completely and send it back to the address on the form.
- If you have any questions, please contact your Local Election Office
- If you have been convicted of a felony and have questions about whether you can register to vote, visit Restore Your Vote to determine your eligibility.
New Hampshire absentee ballots
- In Person:
- By Mail: No specific deadline. We recommend requesting your ballot at least 7 days before Election Day.
- Election Day.
- You may vote by absentee ballot in New Hampshire if:
- you will be absent on the day of any state election from the county, city, or town in which you are registered to vote
- you are unable appear in public on Election Day because of your observance of a religious commitment
- you are unable to vote in person by reason of physical disability
- you are unable to vote in person by reason of military service
- you are unable to appear at any time during polling hours at your polling place because an employment obligation (including the care of children or infirm adults, with or without compensation) requires you to remain physically at work or to be in transit to or from work from the time the polls open until after the time the polls close
- Use our Absentee Ballot Tool to prepare your application.
- Sign and date the form. This is very important!
- Return your completed application to your Local Election Office as soon as possible. We'll provide the mailing address for you.
- All Local Election Offices will accept mailed or hand-delivered forms. If it's close to the deadline, call and see if your Local Election Office will let you fax or email the application.
- Make sure your application is received by the deadline. Your application must actually arrive by this time -- simply being postmarked by the deadline is insufficient.
- Please contact your Local Election Office if you have any further questions about the exact process.
- Once you receive the ballot, carefully read and follow the instructions.
- Sign and date where indicated.
- Mail your voted ballot back to the address indicated on the return envelope.
- Your voted ballot must arrive by the deadline or it will not be counted.
New Hampshire early voting
New Hampshire voter ID
If you are voting in person in New Hampshire, you must present one of the following forms of photo ID at the time you vote:
- A driver's license issued by any state or the federal government
- An ID card issued by any state
- A New Hampshire photo ID for voting identification only
- A US armed services ID card
- A US passport
- A valid student ID card from a college, university, or career school approved or licensed to operate in New Hampshire; a public or accredited private high school in New Hampshire; Dartmouth College; or a college or university operated by the university system or community college system of New Hampshire
If you don't have one of these IDs, you can either:
- Have your identity verified by a voting official at your voting location
- Be photographed by a voting official at your voting location before you vote (if you object to being photographed for religious reasons, you can sign a sworn statement instead)
You do not need an ID to vote absentee by mail.
If you plan to cast your absentee ballot in person, you will be required to provide photo ID. See the section on In Person Voter ID Requirements for a complete list of valid forms of ID.