New Hampshire

State of New Hampshire Elections & Voting

Election Day is November 5

  • October 30                  Deadline for voter registration (same-day voter registration is available)
  • November 4                Deadline to apply for an absentee ballot
  • November 5                Deadline for election authority to receive absentee ballots
  • November 5                Election Day


To register to vote in New Hampshire, you must:

  • Be 18 years old by Election Day
  • Be a United States citizen
  • Live in New Hampshire


How to register to vote:

  • You may apply to your town or city clerk’s office.
  • You may also register with your community’s Supervisors of the Checklist.  By law, the supervisors meet once, 6 – 13 days before each state election.  Check your town/city website or call your clerk’s office for the date, time, and location of the Supervisor’s meeting. Click here For a list of town/city clerks and contact information.
  • Qualified individuals may register to vote, at any election, at their polling place on election day.

You need to provide proof of your identity, age, citizenship, and domicile to register. Proof can be either by documents or by affidavit if you do not have documents with you. You may present documents in paper or electronic form.

  • A driver’s license or non-driver ID from any state is proof of identity and age.
  • A birth certificate, U.S. Passport/Passcard, or naturalization document is proof of citizenship.
  • You can prove your identity, age, and/or citizenship by signing a Qualified Voter Affidavit, under oath, in front of an election official if you do not have documents.
  • You will also need to prove that your domicile is in the town or ward where you intend to vote. Proof can be either by a document or by affidavit.


Voter ID Requirements

An acceptable photo ID must have an expiration date or date of issuance. The ID will remain valid 5 years beyond the expiration date unless the voter is 65 or older in which case an acceptable photo ID may be used without regard to expiration date. The name on the ID shall substantially conform to the name on the checklist.

Acceptable IDs include:

  • Driver’s license issued by any state or federal government;
  • Non-driver ID card issued by NH DMV or motor vehicle agency of another state;
  • Photo ID card for “voting identification only” issued by NH DMV (RSA 260:21);
  • United States armed services identification card;
  • United States passport or passcard;
  • NH student ID card (learn more about the specific student ID rules here);
  • A photo ID not mentioned above, but determined to be legitimate by the moderator, supervisors of the checklist, or clerk of a town, ward or city.
  • Verification of the voter’s identity by a moderator or supervisor of the checklist or clerk of a town, ward or city (not a ballot clerk).

Any voter who does not present an approved photo ID, or have their identity verified by an election official (as indicated above) will be permitted to vote after executing a challenged voter affidavit. In addition, the voter shall have their photograph taken by the moderator or assistant moderator, which shall be attached to the challenged voter affidavit.

Visit VoteRiders for more information on voter ID requirements in New Hampshire.


Absentee Voting

You may register and vote by absentee (by mail) if:

  • You will be absent from the town or city on the dates/times when the Supervisors of the Checklist meet to receive voter registration applications; or
  • You are unable to vote in person because of a physical disability; or
  • You cannot appear in person because of observance of a religious commitment; or
  • You are a victim of domestic violence and have an active protective order; or
  • You are confined to a penal institution for a misdemeanor or while awaiting trial.

Print, complete, and sign the Absentee Ballot Application and mail, fax, email, or hand-deliver the completed form to your local City/Town Clerk.


Early In-Person Voting

New Hampshire does not have early in-person voting.




Tribes in New Hampshire

Federally recognized tribes

  • None

State recognized tribes

  • None


Native Vote Coordinators

Sign up to be a local Native Vote coordinator today!


Major Party Contact Information

Chair, Raymond Buckley

Chair, Chris Ager

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