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If you’re concerned about voting in person due to COVID-19, New Hampshire’s laws allow you to vote from your home with an absentee ballot. Voting absentee is safe and secure and it is essential that voters know of this option ahead of the fall so that they can make the best choice for how to cast their vote in a way that protects themselves, their loved ones, their community, and poll workers. 

Below are the basics about your options to #VoteSafe this year. Visit this detailed website for more information. 

Eligibility

For the 2020 cycle, absentee voting is permitted for concerns regarding contracting or transmitting COVID-19. If you’re a registered NH voter, you can vote absentee for these reasons:

  • You have concerns about contracting or spreading COVID-19

  • You have a disability or illness

  • You will be away on Election Day

  • You are observing a religious commitment on Election Day 

  • You are responsible for childcare or caring for an infirm adult or a work obligation on Election Day 

Voting Absentee: Step by Step

  1. Check your Voter Registration Status: If you’re already registered to vote, then you can move on to the next step to begin your absentee vote application. If you’re unsure whether you’re registered to vote or if you’re registered properly in your town, you can check here

  2. Make sure you have access to a printer and stamp. You will need to physically print and mail your request form, so make sure you have one available. 

  3. Print and sign an absentee request form. You can download the form here

  4. Find your city/town clerk. You will have to mail your request form to the appropriate city/town clerk. You can find that information here.

  5. Return your absentee ballot application by mail, email or fax. If you’re planning to email the form, check with your clerk first to make sure they accept these forms electronically. 

  6. Check your mail for the ballot. Your ballot should arrive about 30 days before the election.

  7. Cast your vote!

  8. Sign your ballot, seal your envelope, and sign the inner envelope.

  9. Return your ballot. You can return your ballot by mail or in-person to your local clerk's office before Election Day or drop it off at your polling place on the day of the election. If you’re mailing your ballot, best practice is to complete and send it at least 7 business days before Election Day or at your polling place on the day of the election.

Registering to Vote

Due to COVID-19, there are also more options to register to vote this year. The state election administration has expanded the ability for voters to register to vote by mail, and town clerks are accommodating those who need to register in a variety of ways. 

Eligibility

To be eligible to vote, you must:

  • Be 18 or older on Election Day

  • Be domiciled in NH

  • Be a U.S. Citizen

Registering to Vote In Person

Due to COVID-19, many town clerks are offering COVID-safe socially distanced appointments to register. Contact your clerk’s office to see if this option is available. You can register to vote in person at: 

  • Your town clerk’s office

  • At a Supervisor’s of the checklist meeting

  • At the polls on Election Day

When registering in-person, it is ideal to bring proof of identity as well as proof of citizenship, age, and domicile, but if you do not, you can still register by signing an affidavit.

Registering to Vote By Mail 

Due to COVID-19, you can now complete the voter registration process by mail, however this process does require proof of identity and domicile as well as a witness. To get the register-by-mail forms, you can either:

  • Call or email your town clerk 

  • Check off the box at the top of the absentee ballot request form that indicates you need to register

If you are unable to get copies of the necessary proof or a witness, you should contact your town clerk and request an accommodation.