Registering to Vote
WHO CAN REGISTER
To vote you must meet the following requirements:
- Be a New Hampshire resident
- Be 18 years of age or older on election day
- 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.
WHEN & WHERE TO REGISTER
- You may register with the town or city clerk where you live up to 10 days before the election, and then:
- You may also register on Election Day at your polling place.
HOW TO REGISTER
1) Apply to your town or city clerk's office. You will be required to fill out a standard voter registration form and will be required to show proof of age, citizenship and domicile.
2) Register at the Polls on Election Day. To simplify the process, bring:
- A current photo ID
- Proof of residency (lease or a bill with your current address)
3) If you have neither, you can still register to vote. NH law permits qualified residents to vote by signing an affidavit swearing that they are accurately representing their identity and NH residency. If the town/city clerk or poll worker you are speaking with tells you differently, please call immediately.
You may register by mail if you meet the state's voter requirements and qualifications and are unable to register in person because of:
- physical disability,
- work schedule conflict (ex: you will be at work for the entire time polls are open)
- religious beliefs,
- military service, or
- because of temporary absence.
You should request an absentee voter registration affidavit and a standard voter registration form from your town/city clerk. The absentee voter registration affidavit must be witnessed and then both the affidavit and the voter registration form are to be returned to your town/city clerk.