NEW
HAMPSHIRE

VOTING GUIDE

Including Student Information

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+ Registration Deadlines and Election Dates

  • Voter Registration Deadline: Pre-election registration closes after local election officials’ last checklist session 6-13 days before Election Day. Check with your local clerk for the exact date for your community.
  • Qualified voters can also register in person on Election Day at their polling place
  • Primary Election Registration Deadline: Election Day registration – September 11, 2018
  • Primary Election: September 11, 2018
  • General Election Registration Deadline: Election Day registration – November 6, 2018
  • General Election: November 6, 2018

+ Official Election Websites

+ Register at School or Home

Students have a choice about where to register to vote.
Students attending college may register at their campus address or choose to remain registered or register at their permanent or home address.
You may only be registered and vote in one location.

+ What Type of ID Do I Need to Register?

  • To register to vote in New Hampshire, you need to provide proof of your identity, age, citizenship and domicile.
    • Identity, age, citizenship
      • If you register to vote at your polling location on Election Day and do not have proof of your identity, age, or citizenship, you may sign the affidavit/oath on the voter registration form to satisfy as proof.
    • Domicile
      • Documentation to prove domicile must show the address you use to register to vote and includes, but is not limited to the following:
        • Evidence of residency at an institution of learning in NH
        • Evidence of owning, renting or leasing in NH including a lease, letter from the landlord or property owner, etc.
        • NH motor vehicle registration, driver’s license, or ID card
        • Proof of utility services at your address
      • You will also be required to provide the date you moved to that address on the registration form.
      • If you register to vote at your polling location on Election Day and do not have proof of domicile with you, you may register and provide your proof of domicile to your town clerk by mail or in person within 10 days after Election Day. Even if you cannot prove your domicile you can still register to vote and cast a ballot on Election Day.

+ What Type of ID Do I Need to Vote?

  • New Hampshire requires proof of identity to vote. If you do not have ID, you may still vote so long as your sign an affidavit and have your photo taken at the polls. Acceptable IDs are:
    • Valid driver’s license or non-drive ID card issues by any state or the federal government
    • U.S. armed forces ID card
    • U.S. Passport
    • NH student ID issued by a college, university, or career school approved or licensed to operate in NH, a public high school in NH, a non-public accredited high school in NH, Dartmouth College, or a college or university operated by the university system of NH or the community college system of NH

+ Where Do I Vote?

Make a plan. Look up your voting site and hours at: https://app.sos.nh.gov/Public/PollingPlaceSearch.aspx

+ How Can I Vote?

By Mail

  • You may only vote absentee by mail if you have one of the following reasons:
    • You plan to be absent from your city or town of domicile on Election Day
    • You cannot appear in public on Election Day due to observation of a religious commitment
    • You are unable to vote in person due to a disability
    • You cannot appear at any time during polling hours at your polling place due to an employment obligation, which includes the care of children and infirm adults, with or without compensation
  • You may request an absentee ballot from your town clerk in person or by submitting an application by mail.
  • Completed absentee ballots must be returned and received by your town clerk no later than 5pm on the day before Election Day. You may return a completed absentee ballot in person or by mail.
  • You may track your absentee ballot here: http://app.sos.nh.gov/Public/AbsenteeBallot.aspx

Election Day

  • Voting sites will be open at different times depending on the town, but all will close at 7 p.m. on Election Day. If you are in line by the closing time then you will be allowed to vote.

+ Common Questions/Concerns

Registering to Vote Does Not Affect Your:

  • Federal Financial Aid
    • Where you register to vote will not affect federal financial aid such as Pell Grants, Perkins or Stafford loans, or your dependency status for FAFSA
  • Status as a Dependent on Your Parents’ Taxes
    • Being registered to vote at a different address from your parents does not prevent them from claiming you as a dependent on their taxes
  • Tuition Status
    • Being deemed out-of-state for tuition purposes does not prevent you from choosing to register to vote in your campus community

Will registering to vote in New Hampshire affect my driver’s license or car registration?

  • No, unless you want to utilize your vehicle and/or driver’s license as your proof of domicile for voter registration. If you use some other documentation to prove domicile, you do not need to change your license or vehicle registration.

*Pending litigation and legislation may affect this information. Check back for updates.

 

Fair Elections Center and Campus Vote Project intend the information contained herein is used only as a general guide. This document should not be used as a substitute for consultation with a licensed New Hampshire legal professional.

Last updated August 2018