New Hampshire Voter Information
This guide provides basic information about voter eligibility and voter registration in New Hampshire, as well as the state's rules for absentee ballot voting and for reporting suspected violations of election laws. If you have specific questions about any of these topics, we encourage you to speak to your town clerk or town moderator, who can provide more personalized and detailed information about voting in your city or town.
Registering to vote in NH
Who is eligible to vote in New Hampshire?
You may register to vote in New Hampshire if you are a U.S. citizen, spend the majority of the year living in New Hampshire, intend to stay here long-term and will be at least 18 years old on the date of the next election. There is no minimum period of time you must live in the state in order to be eligible.
Right now, voting in New Hampshire does not mean you are obligated to register your car here or get a New Hampshire driver's license. However, that will change when HB 1264 (2018) takes effect in July 2019. See our Voter Residency Requirement issue page for more details on this change.
Can students vote in New Hampshire?
College students from out-of-state who are studying in New Hampshire can declare the Granite State their place of domicile for voting purposes, but they will need to provide written evidence that New Hampshire is where they live, such as a utility bill, lease, or letter from your dorm manager.
A college student who registers to vote in New Hampshire cannot then also participate in elections in his or her home state. If you wish to vote in your home state, you should do so by requesting an absentee ballot from your hometown. Get more information here.
Note that as of July 2019, registering to vote in New Hampshire will also obligate you to take on the other responsibilities of residency in the Granite State, such as registering your car here or getting a New Hampshire driver's license.
Where do I register to vote?
You may register to vote up to ten days ahead of election day with the clerk or the supervisor of the checklist in the town or city in which you live. You may find the name and contact information of your town or city clerk here. You can also register to vote at your polling place on election day.
How do I register to vote?
You can register to vote at your town or city clerk’s office or with the local supervisor of the checklist anytime up to ten days ahead of an election day, or you can register at your polling place on election day. You will need documentation proving your identity, your place of domicile in New Hampshire, your age, and your U.S. citizenship status.
For the November 6, 2018 election, voters registering within thirty days of the election or on election day must also present proof that they are not in New Hampshire for strictly temporary reasons. This proof could include a New Hampshire driver's license, car registration or a child's school enrollment.
If you show up at the polls on election day and want to register, but don’t have the right documents, you are still allowed to register and to vote. However, you will need to sign an affidavit testifying to your right to vote in New Hampshire and that you are planning to stick around after the election.
The law also states that those who lack the necessary evidence of their intent to stay in the Granite State will need to mail or present it to their town clerk within 10 days of the election (or 30 days in towns where the clerk's office only has part-time hours) or face investigation by the New Hampshire secretary of state or local police. However, one of New Hampshire's superior courts has put an injunction on that law, blocking it from taking effect starting the day after the election. It's unclear what that injunction means for the enforcement of these after-election-day rules.
Note that if you have moved to a new town from another location within New Hampshire, you will need to register to vote again.
Can I register to vote by mail?
It is possible to register to vote by mail if you cannot do so in person due to a physical disability, religious beliefs, military service or a temporary absence from New Hampshire. To do so, request an absentee voter registration form from your town clerk.
Can I register to vote online?
No. New Hampshire does not allow online voter registration.
How early do I need to register to vote?
You can register to vote anytime, up to ten days ahead of an election, with your town officials. It is also possible to register to vote at the polls on election day. You will need to bring proof your identity, your place of domicile in New Hampshire, your age, your U.S. citizenship status and that you are not in the state for temporary reasons only. Note that even if you lack that proof, you can still register and vote by signing an affidavit.
There are, however, cutoff dates for changing your party affiliation in order to participate in a primary vote. For instance, if you are registered Republican, but want to vote in the Democratic primary in September 2018, you would have to have declared your party affiliation on or before June 5, 2018. Voters who have not declared a political party affiliation can do so on the day of the primary.
How do I know if I am already registered to vote?
You can check your New Hampshire voter registration status here.
Do I need to choose a party affiliation when I register to vote?
Voters in New Hampshire are not required to choose a party affiliation, and can instead opt to register as ‘undeclared’. You may change your registered party affiliation at any time. However, if you are registered with a political party there are cutoff dates for changing your party affiliation in the run-up to a primary election. Undeclared voters may declare for a party on the day of the primary.
Voting in NH
Do I need an ID to vote?
Voters in New Hampshire are required to show an approved form of ID, such as a driver’s license or passport. Many New Hampshire student IDs are also acceptable. A full list can be seen here. Those without ID may still participate after filling out an affidavit swearing to their identity and having their photo taken. If your ID is not accepted at the polls, request an affidavit from the election moderator.
If you fill out an affidavit to vote, you will receive a verification letter after the election that you must return within 30 days. If you do not return the letter, the Attorney General will investigate whether you voted fraudulently.
See below for voter ID information in languages other than English, from the League of Women Voters New Hampshire:
En Espanol: Hagase Escuchar en 2018
Em Português: O que voçê precisa saber sobre o Voto
Where is my polling place?
You may find your polling place and its hours of operation by filling out this online form. Up-to-date polling information is also available through the Citizens Count NH Voter Guide mobile app.
Can I vote by mail?
Voters who are unable to participate in an election in person for the following reasons can request an absentee ballot from their town clerk, which can then be mailed in or submitted in person ahead of the election: disability, temporary absence from home, military service, religious beliefs, or a work schedule or caregiving duties that tie you up during polling hours.
A copy of the application can be found here. Absentee ballots are accepted up till 5:00 p.m. on election day. If you wish to check the status of an absentee ballot you have already mailed or submitted, you may do so here.
What do I do if I am told I cannot vote?
The state attorney general has a hotline for reporting problems on election day. Call 1-866-VOTER3 (or 1-866-868-3703). You may also speak to the moderator at your polling place. Remember that even if you do not have ID or your form of ID is being challenged, you have the right to vote after filling out a signed affidavit. You may also call the hotline if you believe you have observed someone else being unfairly denied the right to vote.