New Hampshire Voter Registration Information



Registration Deadline: You may register at the polling place ON Election Day as long as the polls are open. If you would like to be listed in the registration database before Election Day, your registration form must be received by your local Board of Elections 10 days before Election Day. Your registration will be valid either way.

Party Affiliation: Undeclared voters may choose either party's ballot in the primary election.  If you are registered with a party you must vote that party's ballot in the primary election. If you voted on a party ballot in the last primary election, you are now a registered member of that party unless you filled out a card to return to undeclared status with the supervisors of the checklist. 

Age: Must be 18 years or older on Election Day

Citizenship: Must be a United States citizen

Residency: 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.

Mental Competency: New Hampshire places no restrictions on voting from the stance of mental competence.

Felony Convictions: Voting rights restored automatically after release from prison. See New Hampshire's guide to voting as a felon

ID Requirements: A person who has in his or her immediate possession must present one of the following to prove their identity
   -A New Hampshire driver's license, armed services identification, other photo identification issued by the United States government, a photo driver's license issued by any state or federal government, A United States passport, or photo identification issued by local or state government,
  Other forms of photo identification judged to be legitimate and trustworthy by the Supervisors, such as
   -ID badges issued by hospitals, employers, or educational institutions;
   -Verification of the person's identity by another person registered as a voter and known to the supervisor or clerk; or 
   -Other reasonable means as determined by the Supervisors.
   -As a last resort, a person may prove identity by completing a qualified voter affidavit (RSA 654:12, III)
  When a person who has never been registered to vote in New Hampshire registered to vote on general election day and is unable to provide a photo identification to prove his or her identity, but successfully proves his or her identity for that person following the election.
  New registrants must prove citizenship. Supervisors should require an applicant to prove citizenship by presenting any of the following:
   -Birth Certificate;
   -United States Passport;
   -Naturalization papers;
   -Qualified voter affidavit; or
   -Any other reasonable document establishing that the applicant is a United States citizen


Online: New Hampshire does not provide voter registration forms online. 

In person: Request an application from the county clerk

By mail/ in writing: If you meet the state's voter requirements and qualifications and are unable to register in person because of physical disability, religious beliefs, military service, or because of temporary absence, you may register by mail. See absentee qualifications and procedures below. 

Other Voter Registration Application Information: It may be easier for you to register with your community's Supervisors of the Checklist.  By law they are required to meet on the Saturday 10 days prior to each election.  Check the local newspaper(s) or call your clerk's office for the date and time of such meeting.


Online: Voters that have provided their date of birth on a voter registration form may go to  Voter Information Look-up to look into their registration status online. 

Phone: Contact your county clerk to verify your registration


Who can vote absentee:
   -Absent on the day of the election from the city, town, or unincorporated place where you are domiciled.
   -You cannot appear in public on election day because of observance 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 my polling place because an employment obligation requires me to remain physically at work or to be in transit to or from work from the time the polls open until after the time the polls close.


Online: Download the appropriate absentee ballot

In person: Request an application from the county clerk

By mail: Send a request to your County Clerk.

Military and overseas voting: Read New Hampshire's Uniformed and Overseas Voters FAQ and apply for a Federal Post Card Application(FPCA).

Emergency Voting: You may register to vote at the polls on Election Day. 

Other absentee ballot information:Absentee ballots are available from your town or city clerk approximately 30 days prior to an election. An application for an absentee ballot may be transmitted by facsimile to a town or city clerk. 


Location and time: Clerks may accept completed absentee ballots submitted in person until the polls close. The day before an election or until the polls close. On election day if received through the mail.  An absentee ballot may NOT be transmitted by facsimile to a town or city clerk


Early voting qualifications: Early voting is unavailable in New Hampshire.


Verifying Registration: Voters that have provided their date of birth on a voter registration form may go to  Voter Information Look-up to look into their registration status online. 

Deciding how to vote:

Time off to vote: A person who is unable to appear at any time during the polling hours at his or her polling place because an employment obligation requires the person to remain physically at work or to be in transit to or from work from the time the polls open until after the time the polls close shall be considered absent. 

Polling Place: Polling Place Search

ID Requirements: If you are a registered voter, you do not need to show identification at the polls.

How to Vote:
   - Optical scan
   - Paper ballots

Getting your vote counted: Electronic Ballot Counting Devices and advisory committee

Problems with voting: File an election complaint

Verifying provisional ballot status: Exempt  from provisional ballot laws due to same day voter registration

Verifying absentee ballot status: New Hampshire Registered Voter absentee ballot lookup