How to vote in New Hampshire

This guide contains information about the 2018 midterm election held on November 6. It may be out-of-date.
 
Election day is Tuesday, November 6. New Hampshire offers absentee ballots by mail to voters who will be unable to vote in person. All other voters are expected to vote in person.

Who can vote

To register in New Hampshire you must:
  • be a resident
  • be 18 years of age or older on the day of the next election
  • be a United States citizen
There is no minimum period of time you are required to have lived in the state before being allowed to register. You may register as soon as you move into your new community.

Vote in person

Vote on election day

Voters registered in New Hampshire can look up where to vote on New Hampshire's site or at GetToThePolls.com.

No early voting

New Hampshire does not offer an early voting period. If you will be unable to vote in person on Election Day, you can request an absentee ballot by mail or by visiting your local election office.

What to bring

  • You will be requested to show photo ID to vote in New Hampshire. Acceptable forms include (the name on the ID must be substantially similar to the voter registration record and the expiration date cannot exceed five years): a driver's license from any state; a non-driver's ID issued by the motor vehicle agency of any state; a US armed services ID card; a student ID from an accredited college, university, or career school in New Hampshire, a New Hampshire public high school, an accredited private high school in New Hampshire, Dartmouth College, and any college or university operated by the university or community college systems of New Hampshire; or a US passport.
  • If you are registering to vote at the polls on election day, you will also need to show proof of citizenship and domicile (that you live in New Hampshire). For proof of citizenship, you can show a birth certificate, US passport, or naturalization documents, or you can sign an affidavit. You cannot use your New Hampshire driver's license as proof of citizenship. For proof of domicile, you must show an official document that includes your name and address. Acceptable documents include: a driver's license or non-driver's ID, a document from your school, a note signed by a school official or RA, a residential lease, a deed or property tax bill, a motor vehicle registration, a voter photo ID, a public school enrollment, a tax form or other official government form, a form from the US Postal Service (your address cannot be a PO Box), a utility bill, a note from a homeless shelter that confirms they will receive mail sent to you at their address, or a note from the person who owns or supervises the property where you live if it includes the statement "providing false information is a violation of New Hampshire law under penalty of voting fraud."
  • Voters without ID: If you are unable to provide ID, you can either have your identity verified by a voting official at your voting location, or sign an affidavit and 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 an additional affidavit of religious exemption instead). If you are registering to vote on election day and do not have a proof of domicile, you can sign an affidavit. You will then need to provide the document to your town or city clerk within 10 days after the election, or state that you do not have any proof of domicile and understand that town officials will work to confirm where you live.

Vote by mail

  1. Review the absentee ballot application and confirm that you meet the eligibility requirements for voting absentee.
  2. Fill out the application completely.
  3. Submit the request to your local election office. You should request your ballot as far in advance of the election as possible. The deadline to request a ballot by mail is Monday, November 5.
  4. When your ballot arrives, read it carefully and follow the instructions to complete it and return it.

See what's on the ballot

Learn more about what will be on your ballot at GetToThePolls.com or Ballotpedia.

Get step-by-step help

TurboVote can help you fill out your ballot request form, send you election reminders, and more. If you'd like more help planning how to vote, we can walk you through the process!

Military and overseas voters

Active-duty military, their families, and voters living outside the US can register to vote and request their absentee ballot using the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA). To do so:
  1. Fill out the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA), or download a copy. Your election official may have questions, so please provide an email address or phone number where they can reach you.
  2. Send the application to your election official.
  3. It is never too early to submit an FPCA! Please do so as soon as possible. You can look up recommended mailing dates by country and region.
  4. When your ballot arrives, read it carefully and follow the instructions to complete it and return it.
  5. States begin mailing absentee ballots at least 45 days before Election Day. If you haven't received your ballot by 30 days before Election Day, contact your local election office.
If after submitting your FPCA, your ballot does not arrive, contact your election official first. Then:
  • You can still vote using the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB). Print, sign, and mail your FWAB to your local election office.
  • If you mail a FWAB and then receive your regular absentee ballot, you should complete and mail your absentee ballot also. Election officials will ensure that only one ballot is counted.
The Federal Voting Assistance Program – FVAP.gov offers additional information on military and overseas voting in New Hampshire.

Check your voter registration status

You can look up your voter registration record and verify that your information is correct using New Hampshire's voter registration lookup tool.

Dates and deadlines

  • Election day is Tuesday, November 6.
  • The deadline for registering to vote by mail is Wednesday, October 24.
  • The deadline to register to vote in person is Tuesday, November 6.
  • The deadline to request a ballot by mail is Monday, November 5.
  • You can also register and vote on Election Day.

Election contact information for New Hampshire

Address:
Secretary of State
State House, Room 204, 107 North Main Street
Concord, NH 03301

Phone Number:
603-271-3242