FAQs

What are the requirements for voting in New Hampshire?

You can vote in NH if…

• You are domiciled in New Hampshire
Domicile means where you live. If you live in more than one place, domicile is the place where you most feel a part of the community for social and civic purposes.

• You are a U.S. Citizen

• You are 18 years or older on Election Day (September 8, 2020 and/or November 3, 2020)

Can I vote if I am homeless?

Yes, you can vote if you are experiencing homelessness.

Can I vote if I was formerly incarcerated?

Yes, you can vote if you were formerly incarcerated.

Can I vote if I am on parole or probation?

Yes, you can vote if you are on parole or probation.

Do I have to check the “disability box” to vote absentee as a result of COVID-19?

• Due to recently enacted legislation, absentee ballot request forms now include a specific check box that says: “I am unable to vote in person due to concern for the novel corona virus (COVID-19).” If you are voting by absentee ballot due to any concern related to COVID-19, check this COVID-19 box on your absentee ballot request form.

• There is no COVID-19 check box on the affidavit envelope that you send in with your actual absentee ballot. So, for purposes of this year’s elections, the Secretary of State and Attorney General have issued guidance stating that people may vote by absentee ballot due to COVID-19 by checking the disability box on the affidavit envelope.

Can I change my party affiliation for the primary?

The deadline for changing your party affiliation for purposes of the September primary passed on June 2nd. If you are registered undeclared, you will be asked to declare a party affiliation at the polling station or on your absentee ballot request form.

When should I send in my registration and absentee forms?

Please contact your town clerk for specific deadlines. You can use our town clerk search form to find your town clerk information.

Registration for the primary should be received by August 26, 2020

Try and make sure your documents are received as soon as you’re able.

What is a domicile?

A domicile is a place that a person treats as a permanent home, or feels most comfortable in. If you are a college student, your domicile will likely be your dorm or off-campus residence.

How can I prove my age/identity/citizenship when registering to vote?

You will need to prove your identity, age, and citizenship in order to register to vote. Here are some methods you can use to prove:

• A driver’s license or non-driver ID from any state satisfies proof of identity and age.
• A birth certificate, U.S. Passport/Passcard, or naturalization document satisfies proof of citizenship.

It is important to know that New Hampshire Real ID compliant driver’s license is not proof of U.S. citizenship. You will need to provide a passport/passcard, birth certificate, or other document in conjunction with your driver’s license.

If you do not have any of these items, you can prove your age, identity, and domicile in front of an election official while under oath.

How can I prove my domicile when registering to vote?

Some proof of domicile documents are:

• A document from the school you attend showing you live on campus or your off-campus residence address. This could be an on-line resource from your school that can be shown on your phone to the election official.

• A note signed by a school official, including a Resident Assistant (RA)

• A rental agreement such as a lease or similar document that shows your name and your address. The document must prove that you will live there on Election Day, November 3, 2020

• A document showing that you own the place you are domiciled at, such as a deed, property tax bill, or similar document with your name and address

• A current, unexpired NH resident motor vehicle registration

• A current, unexpired NH driver’s license

• A current, unexpired NH non-driver photo ID

• A voter photo ID issued by the NH Division of Motor Vehicles

• A document showing that you enrolled a dependent minor child in a public school that serves the town or ward of your domicile

• Any state or federal tax form, other government form, or government issued identification (ID) that shows you name and domicile address

• Any form from the US Post Office showing your name and physical address where you are domiciled (this cannot be a P.O. Box)

• A utility bill, such as for electric, telephone, water, gas, or other utility bill with your name and address on it

• A note from a homeless shelter or other service provider located in the town or ward where you will vote that confirms they will receive US mail sent to you at that address

Download the full list here

Do I need to send in an absentee ballot request form for the primary and a separate one for the general?

Due to recently enacted legislation, you can request an absentee ballot for the September primary and the November general using the same form. On your absentee ballot request form, make sure to check both the “state primary to be held on September 8” and the “general election” in response to the question about which election you are requesting an absentee ballot.

Do I need to re-register to vote if I have legally changed my name?

Yes.

I changed my name legally, but my photo ID does not reflect this. Can this ID be used to prove identity when registering to vote?

Maybe – To prove identity when voting, your photo ID must be issued in the name of the registrant, however, if the voter brings the court order where the name was changed with the incorrect identification, the Attorney General finds this solution acceptable. Additionally, voter could choose to execute challenged voter affidavit.

Can I vote if my photo ID lists a different name than my voter registration?

Yes, but you will have to re-register because to prove identity when voting, the name on the ID must match the name on the checklist. Voter may also execute challenged voter affidavit and submit to photograph or execute affidavit of religious exemption.

Can I register to vote with multiple documents not listing the same name?

Yes, but you will need to additionally bring your court order from the name change. Voter may also execute challenged voter affidavit and submit to photograph or execute affidavit of religious exemption.

Can I be denied the right to vote based on my gender identity?

No.

Can I vote if my ID appears to show someone of a different gender?

Yes. There is no requirement that the picture in the photo ID evidence the voter’s current gender.