How to Vote in NH

How to Vote in New Hampshire

New Hampshire has a strong tradition of free & fair elections where every vote matters.

If New Hampshire is your home and you are a US citizen who is 18 years or older on election day, you can vote here. And we hope you do!
Tips to make voting easy in 2018:

  1. You may register to vote ON ELECTION DAY AT THE POLLS! 
  2. If you can, you should bring proof of your identity, age, address, and citizenship to register. If you are already registered, you should bring a photo ID to vote. But, if you don’t have the right documents, you may still register and vote after signing a form on which you swear who you are and where you live.
  3. Finally, if you won’t be physically present to register or to vote in your town or city, or your can’t do so in person due to physical disability, observance or religious commitment, or employment (including care of children or infirm adults, military service, or transit to or from work), you may register or vote absentee by mail to your city or town clerk, with this form.

*** Resources ***

College students who live here in New Hampshire have the right to vote here.

If New Hampshire is your home because you are a college student, on military duty, on a work project, or if you’ve moved into a senior home here — or any similar reason that has caused New Hampshire to become your home — you have the right to vote here. If you consider another state to be your home instead of New Hampshire, you should vote by absentee there instead. You may never vote in more than one location in the same election.

Registering to vote will not affect your federal student financial aid or your tuition. Most health insurance, car insurance, taxes, and other plans are also unaffected. If you have a specific loan, plan, or policy that depends where you live, you should check the details.

Please note that of the several controversial new laws that have redefined voting rights in New Hampshire in recent years, one (“SB3”) has had all penalties blocked by a NH Superior Court, as confirmed by NH Supreme Court; and another (“HB1264”) will not take effect until July, 2019. Know your rights – and vote!

This nonpartisan voting guide is provided to help make voting easy, secure, and clear for all eligible voters. This overview is provided as a public service by Free & Fair New Hampshire, a political committee chaired by Colin Van Ostern, who plans to run for Secretary of State of New Hampshire in the fall of 2018. This overview is not legal advice, and specific questions should be directed to your town or city clerk or official election administrators. This page previously displayed and cited instructions directly from the NH Secretary of State’s office, but due to errors and broken links on the site, we have instead provided the direct links above to the most relevant pages. If you would like to view the full NH SoS Elections page you may do so here.