Voting in New Hampshire

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General Election

11/05/2024
General Election Date
11/05/2024
Voter Registration Deadline (in-person)

Vote By Mail Deadlines

01/22/2024
Deadline to Request Ballot (Received by)
01/23/2024
Deadline to Return Ballot (Received By)

Polling place hours: Opens between 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. and close as early as 7 p.m.

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How to Vote in New Hampshire

Learn about all the options to vote in New Hampshire to make a plan to vote that works for you!

Frequently Asked Questions

New Hampshire Board of Elections Phone Number: (603) 271-3242

New Hampshire Board of Elections Website

Having trouble at the polls?

Call or text: 1-866-OUR-VOTE

Register to Vote in New Hampshire

Whether you are registering to vote for the first time, or need to update your address, name or party affiliation - we've got you covered!

Am I Registered?

Not sure if you are eligible to vote due to a felony conviction?
Click here to learn more.

New Hampshire Frequently Asked Questions

Absolutely! You can check your voter registration online on New Hampshire’s elections office website here, or you can contact the Board of Elections at 603-271-3242.

It can take several weeks. Most states send out voter registration cards within 5 to 7 weeks after receiving the registration. If you do not receive a registration card in the mail, contact your state election office to confirm you are registered. Find your state’s contact information in our How to Vote in Your State section on this page! In any event, you should verify your registration a week prior to the voter registration deadline in your state in case you need to fill out a new registration form or correct your form.

Elections take place all the time throughout the year, and odds are, you probably have an election coming up in your state! In addition to the presidential election and midterm elections, you have statewide, countywide and municipal elections that you can make your voice heard in. Make sure you know when your upcoming elections are so that you don’t miss a single one! Check out when your next election is here.

Your state provides an online ballot tracking system. You can track your ballot here!

YES you are able to register to vote at your student address. You should provide your official campus mailing address as well as the actual physical address of your on or off campus residence when registering to vote. You must have some sort of proof of address and residency that can be presented at your polling place (mail, a student ID, etc.). For more information, we suggest visiting your state’s elections office website. Remember: you can only register to vote and vote in one place, whether that is your student address or your home address!

YES, unhoused voters can register to vote and use their voice in New Hampshire’s elections. Unhoused voters or voters without a permanent address may list a shelter address, street corner, or park as their address. For more information on voting while unhoused, visit our friends at the National Coalition for the Homeless.

YES. In this case you must register at the last address you had before you left the USA, or at the address to which you will return to when returning to the USA (you must present some indication of a present intent to return and live there – e.g. vehicle registration, driver’s license, property ownership, family, etc). If you have never had a permanent address in the United States but are a citizen you are allowed to register at an address you plan on moving to or an address where you currently have family living. Access more information on voting overseas here.

You may call the voting rights hotline at 866 687-8683, if informing another poll worker isn’t successful. They have lawyers ready to help you. Additionally, you can call the civil rights division of the U.S Department of Justice.

You can also find New Hampshire’s elections office here and contact them by phone at 603-271-3242.

Vote By Mail

Request and track

Notice: Mail-in voting is a convenient and safe way to vote, but your ballot might not count if it’s submitted late or with errors. So follow the directions below on how to vote early or absentee and make your vote count in New Hampshire.

Vote By Mail Deadlines

01/22/2024
Deadline to Request Ballot (Received by)
01/23/2024
Deadline to Return Ballot (Received By)

Excuse required to vote by mail.

How Vote By Mail Works in New Hampshire

Voting by mail is a two-step process in New Hampshire.

Step 1: Request your ballot NOW. You must have an excuse to qualify to vote with an absentee ballot. There is no set deadline but we recommend you request your ballot no later than 7 days before Election Day - if possible, you should apply well before then!

Step 2: Complete and return your ballot ASAP.

  • Return in-person to your local election office by 5 p.m. on Election Day.
  • Or stamp and mail your ballot to your local elections office so that it is received by Election Day. We recommend mailing your ballot at least two weeks before as the post office is not always reliable. The best intentions or postmark will not matter if your ballot is received after Election Day - your ballot will not count.

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Where to Sign Your Ballot

Remember to sign your return ballot.

After you complete your ballot, sign the affidavit printed on the outside of the envelope. 

Be sure that your signature matches your signature on file with the state! If you registered online or at the DMV, check the signature on your license. If the signature does not match, your ballot could be tossed and will not count.

How You Can Return Your Mail-in Ballot

If you return your ballot by mail, you must add a stamp when mailing in your ballot.

You can also drop off your ballot in person at your local elections office.

Can Someone Else Return Your Ballot For You?

Your family member may return your ballot for you.

Track Your Ballot

Track your ballot by clicking here.

Haven't used your ballot?

If you would like to vote in person, go to your polling site on Election Day.

Opportunities to Fix Challenges to Your Ballot

New Hampshire does not offer voters a chance to address challenges to their ballot. Your ballot will not count if it is late, or you do not follow directions.

Voter ID

Do Voters Need ID?

New Hampshire voters need to show Photo ID at the polls. Valid forms of identification include;

  • Driver’s license from any state or federal government
  • Non-driver ID card, from any state
  • US Military ID
  • US Passport
  • Student ID, issued by accredited and approved institutions in New Hampshire (if from postsecondary school, date of issuance is required)
  • A “voting ID card” issued by the state of New Hampshire
  • Any other photo ID may be used, so long as it is determined to be legitimate by your election moderator or town or city clerk

Your photo ID must be unexpired or have expired no more than 5 years from Election Day.

Voter ID in New Hampshire

Find Your Ballot

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Primaries

Automatic Registration

Your state automatically registers people to vote at the address on their drivers license or other state issued ID card. If you have moved but have not updated your ID with your new address, changed your name or want to add a political party selection, you must update your voter registration. Click here to check to see if you are registered to vote, and update your registration if needed.

Election Day Registration

You can register and cast your ballot on Election Day at your local elections office. Bring a valid ID and proof or residence with you.

In-Person Absentee Voting

In-Person Absentee Dates

Dates and hours vary by county. Contact your Local Election Office for more information.

You can vote in-person absentee in New Hampshire

You can go to your local clerk's office to vote in person with an absentee ballot. You will request, fill out, and return your ballot in one visit. 

Preregister

Some states have laws that specifically allow citizens to preregister at a certain age while others allow registration as long as you’re 18 by the next election. Preregistration means you’ll be automatically registered to vote on your 18th birthday without taking any additional steps.

In New Hampshire, you can preregister to vote if you are 18 by the next election. Register to vote today!

Some states even let you vote in their primaries at 17 if you’ll be 18 by the general election so you can participate in the whole process!

You can not vote in the New Hampshire primaries if you are 17 by the next election.