New Hampshire Absentee Ballot Guide

Last updated March 22, 2016
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Important Deadlines

  • Voter registration form: Received 10 days before the election (by mail). You can also register in person on Election Day
  • Absentee ballot application: No specific deadline. We recommend requesting your ballot at least one month before the election
  • Absentee ballot due: Received by 5:00 pm on Election Day, if mailed. Received by 5:00pm on the day before the election, if delivered in person

How to vote by absentee ballot

Register to vote

New Hampshire prefers that voters register in person.  If this is impossible for you (because of physical disability, religious beliefs, military service, or because of temporary absence) you can register by mail.  There are two ways to do this.

  1. If you plan on voting by absentee ballot: Download and complete the New Hampshire Absentee Ballot Application. Mail your completed request, and a copy of your ID, to your town/city clerk. Your clerk will mail you a voter registration form with your absentee ballot.  This is the fastest way to register and get your absentee ballot. 

  2. If you don't plan on voting by absentee ballot: Call your town/city clerk and ask them to send you a mail-in voter registration form and a voter registration affidavit (the affidavit is a legal document that states that you are registering by mail because you can't register in person).  Once they mail you the documents, complete both in front of a notary and have the affidavit notarized. Mail both forms back to your town/city clerk.

Verify your voter registration

It's best to double check your registration before applying for your absentee ballot. Verify your voter registration today and avoid problems down the line. If there's a problem with your registration, register again before proceeding.

NOTE: Most people receive their voter registration cards in the mail 2-3 weeks after registering to vote. Don't worry if you lost your voter registration card. You don't actually need it to vote.

Make sure you're eligible to vote by absentee ballot

In New Hampshire, you may vote by absentee ballot if:

  • you will be absent on the day of any state election from the county, city, or town in which you are registered to vote
  • you are unable appear in public on election day because of your observance of a religious commitment
  • you are unable to vote in person by reason of physical disability
  • you are unable to vote in person by reason of military service
  • you are unable to appear at any time during polling hours at your polling place because an employment obligation requires you to remain physically at work or to be in transit to or from work from the time the polls open until after the time the polls close

Apply for your absentee ballot

New Hampshire issues a new absentee ballot application for each election year.

Download and complete the New Hampshire 2016 Absentee Ballot Application

Mail your completed request to your town/city clerk.  You do not need to include a copy of your ID if you are already registered to vote.  You must include a copy of your ID if you are not yet registered to vote. Acceptable forms of ID include a copy of your driver's license or other photo identification that shows your name OR a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows your name and current address.  Your city clerk will mail process your application and mail you a voter registration form with your absentee ballot. 

Your town/city clerk will first check to see if you're already registered.  If you're not, your clerk will mail you a voter registration form along with your absentee ballot.

Receive, complete, and return your absentee ballot

Your absentee ballot will include an affidavit affirming that you are entitled to vote by absentee ballot.  Fill out your ballot and the affidavit and mail everything back to your town/city clerk.  The address will be on the forms.  Your ballot must be received by 5pm on election day!

NOTE: Election officials will compare the signature on the affidavit to the signature on your absentee ballot application.  The absentee ballot will not be counted if the affidavit and this form do not appear to have been signed by the same person.

If you're unregistered, your clerk will mail you a voter registration form, an absentee ballot affidavit, and an absentee ballot.  Fill everything out, sign where indicated, and mail it all back to your town/city clerk

Additional Information

State Election Website:
Local Election Officials: Your Local Election Official is the best person to contact if you have questions.  They'll be able to provide up-to-date information on rules and deadlines. 


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