Early &
Mail-in Voting
in New Hampshire

Warning: 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.

Note - this information below may change for your state due to ongoing litigation and legislation. This page will be updated within 24 hours of any change.

Vote Before Election Day

Vote By Mail Deadlines

Deadline to Request Ballot (Received by)
Deadline to Return Ballot (Received By)

In-Person Absentee Voting

You can vote in-person absentee in your state.

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. 

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 by March 7th - 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 March 14th.
  • Or stamp and mail your ballot to your local elections office so that it is received by March 14th. 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 March 14th - your ballot will not count.

Request Your Ballot See Your Ballot Look Up Ballot Drop Off Locations

You May Use COVID-19 as an Excuse to Vote Absentee

Due to COVID-19, your state has expanded vote by mail access for the November 2020 election. That means that ‘COVID-19’ qualifies as an excuse to request your absentee ballot.

P.S. If COVID-19 wasn’t affecting the U.S. right now, your state would have stricter requirements for you to qualify to vote by mail.

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.

Use The Right Form of ID

New Hampshire voters must show valid photo ID when voting in person. Info here on what qualifies. You do not need to submit a copy of your photo ID when voting by mail. The signature on the ballot will be compared to the signature on the voter registration form.

How You Can Return Your Mail-in Ballot

By Mail

You must add a stamp when mailing in your ballot.

In Person

  • Local elections office

Your family member may return your ballot for you.

Look Up Ballot Drop Off Locations

Make Sure Your Mail-in Vote Counts

Click here to track your ballot. Your state offers electronic, barcode ballot tracking services so you can make sure your ballot gets counted.  

Haven't used your ballot?

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

Election Protection Hotline

The national, nonpartisan Election Protection coalition was formed to ensure that all voters have an equal opportunity to participate in the political process. Made up of more than 100 local, state and national partners, Election Protection works year-round to advance and defend the right to vote.

Call 866-OUR-VOTE if you need assistance.

More about voting in New Hampshire

Find your polling place, ID laws, and more about voting for the first time below.

Voting Info for New Hampshire First Time Voter Info