New Hampshire Voter ID Laws

Local Assistance

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Key Dates

General Election: November 6, 2012
Action Date
Last Day to register to vote in person October 27, 2012
Deadline to request an absentee ballot 5 p.m. November 5, 2012
Unregistered voters may register and vote on Election Day November 6, 2012
Deadline to return an absentee ballot November 6, 2012

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Hello I’m Daphne O’Neal and you are watching the update for the state of New Hampshire. This video will give you an overview of what you need to know to exercise your right to vote. We’ll cover the latest and pending changes, what forms of ID are acceptable, who is eligible to vote, registration procedures and deadlines, when you can vote and where you can get additional assistance.

Latest and Pending Changes

For the November 6, 2012 general and Presidential election, you must present one of the following photo IDs in order to vote:

– A driver’s license from New Hampshire or any other state regardless of expiration date
– A non-driver’s photo ID from New Hampshire
– A United States armed services identification card
– A United States passport regardless of expiration date
– Any other valid photo ID from a federal, state, county, or municipal government
– A valid student identification card
– A photo ID deemed acceptable by the moderator, supervisors of the checklist or town or city clerk, OR
– Your identity must be verified by a supervisor of the checklist, or the moderator, town or city clerk.

Voter Registration


New Hampshire residents may register to vote if you are at least 18 years old at the time of the election, and a citizen of the United States.

New Hampshire does not have a length of residency requirement for voting. Even if you moved to the state recently, you may vote if this is the place where you are living now, not just vacationing or visiting. You may claim only one place as your residence for voting purposes. Please note that New Hampshire does not provide voter registration forms online.

If you think you are already registered to vote, it’s a good idea to confirm your registration and your current address. Contact your county clerk to verify your registration at the link provided below.


1. Apply at your town or city clerk’s office OR

2. Register with your community’s Supervisors of the Checklist. By law, they are required to meet on the Saturday 10 days before each election. Check the local newspapers or call your clerk’s office for the place, date and time of such meeting.

3. Qualified individuals may also register to vote at the polling place on Election Day at all elections.

Please note that New Hampshire does not provide voter registration forms online.

When you register, you will be required to fill out a standard voter registration form and will be required to show proof of age, citizenship, local residence, previous voting address (if you were registered to vote somewhere else), and a driver’s license identification number, or the last four digits of your social security number, if you have one. You will be asked to read and sign a statement saying you understand voting fraud is a crime.

Proof of Your Eligibility to Register

There are several ways to prove your identity, age and residence. The easiest is to bring to the polls your current driver’s license or non-driver photo ID, a current passport or current military photo ID. If you are a naturalized citizen, you should bring your naturalization papers if you have them. If not, you can sign a citizenship affidavit.

If you don’t have a current government photo ID, there are other ways to meet the requirements. As a last resort, you can sign an affidavit saying you are who you say you are, and you live where you say you live. Other common documents you can use to register include: a student ID, employee ID, birth certificate, rental lease, tax bill, utility bill, bank statement, or any other document that would reasonably establish your identity and local residence.

If you are qualified to be a voter in your voting district, you cannot be denied the right to vote. You should bring the best available documentation with you if you register on Election Day. You cannot be turned away, or be required to leave the polling place, to get any documents on Election Day.

Voter Registration Deadlines & Your Voting Rights

October 27, 2012 is the last day to register in person until the General and Presidential Election.

November 6, 2012 is the GENERAL AND PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION DAY. Unregistered voters may register and vote on this day

When and Where to Vote

Go to the New Hampshire Secretary of State’s website at the link on this page to find out the hours to vote and the location of your polling place.

Voting by Absentee Ballot

If you are already registered but know you won’t be able to go to the polls on Election Day because of disability, religious beliefs, work schedule, military service, or temporary absence, you may use an absentee ballot to vote.

To get an absentee ballot by mail, fill out and mail or fax the official absentee ballot application well in advance to your town or city clerk’s office. You are not required to have a photo ID to vote absentee. Your signature will be checked against your registration signature.

An absentee ballot may be obtained from the Town Clerk’s office until 5:00 P.M. on the day before Election Day. If you plan to mail an absentee ballot, it must be received at the Town Clerk’s office by 5:00 P.M. on Election Day. Absentee ballots may NOT be faxed.

Additional Assistance

There are several organizations to help you with any part of the voting process, from registration, getting the proper identification or transportation to the polling place.

Use the links in the sidebar for National organizations and for uniformed service members, their families and citizens living outside the U.S.

“Local Assistance” from independent organizations is available in the Blue section below. Official Government information and forms can be found in the Green section below, and Key Dates for your state can be found in the Red section.


We hope we have answered the most common questions for MOST voters in MOST situations or pointed you in the right direction to get more information. Election laws are much more complicated than we can fully cover here. Please visit one of the official sites listed below in the Green section for more detailed information.

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