Helpful Voting Links — New Hampshire
For voting information specific to your state, click on the links below or in the blue or grey boxes. Or, browse the options below for an extensive directory of additional resources.
Primary/Caucus Info — New Hampshire
Parties have the option of allowing unaffiliated voters to declare a party affiliation at the polls and allow those voters to participate in their primary. In 2016, both parties elected to use this option. See New Hampshire Republican Party or Democratic Party sites for more details.
What's on the ballot?
Some congressional seats, state offices and constitutional amendments may be included on the ballot.
See Where Your Elected Officials Stand — New Hampshire
Voter ID Requirements — New Hampshire
What forms of ID are acceptable?
- Driver’s license issued by any state or federal government
- Non-driver ID card issued by NH DMV or motor vehicle agency of another state
- Photo ID card for “voting identification only” issued by NH DMV (RSA 260:21)
- United States armed services identification card
- United States passport or passcard
- NH student ID card (see more information below)
- A photo ID not mentioned above, but determined to be legitimate by the moderator, supervisors of the checklist, or town or city clerk. If any person authorized to challenge a voter does so under this provision, the voter shall be required to fill out a challenged voter affidavit before obtaining a ballot.
- Verification of the voter’s identity by a moderator or supervisor of the checklist or the town or city clerk. If any person authorized to challenge a voter does so under this provision, the voter shall be required to fill out a challenged voter affidavit before obtaining a ballot.
More on student ID cards
Acceptable student photo ID cards must be issued by:
- A college, university, or career school approved or licensed to operate in New Hampshire
- A public high school in New Hampshire
- A non-public high school in New Hampshire accredited by a private school accrediting agency that is recognized by the NH Department of Education
- Dartmouth College
- A college or university operated by the university system of New Hampshire or the community college system of New Hampshire
A voter who does not have an approved photo ID may obtain a free photo ID for voting purposes only by presenting a voucher from their town/city clerk or the Secretary of State to any NH DMV office that issues identification.
Is there any post-election action required by me after I vote without an approved photo ID?
After November 1, 2012, if you filled out a “challenged voter affidavit” in order to vote on Election Day, you will receive a verification letter from the Secretary of State, requesting confirmation that you voted in the election. If you do not respond in writing to the Secretary of State within 90 days of the date it was mailed, the Attorney General will conduct an investigation to determine whether fraudulent voting occurred.
Where can I get more information? Your city or town clerk or the Secretary of State.See ID Requirements for All States
Early & Absentee Voting — New HampshireRequest an Absentee Ballot
Early Voting Dates: Through Nov. 7th
You can vote in person at your county clerk's office approximately 30 days before the election, using an absentee ballot.
To vote absentee by mail, first you’ll need to apply for an absentee ballot (click here). New Hampshire does not specify a deadline to apply for ballots by mail. We recommend you apply at least 30 days before the election. Then, when you complete your absentee ballot, it must be postmarked by the day before the election.
Whether it’s in person or by mail, you’ll need to give an excuse to vote by absentee ballot. Info here on what qualifies.