Vote in New Hampshire

Register to Vote

Can I register to vote at my polling location on Election Day?

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Yes. You have an absolute right to register on Election Day at your polling place. Just show up and get in the line for new registrants.

 

Show your supervisors of the checklist or the town or city clerk proof of citizenship, age, identity, and domicile. Every voter can sign an affidavit to establish any of these elements - a voter should never leave without voting because they did not show ID.

Some Frequently Asked Questions (for more, check out our FAQs)

I recently moved. Do I need to re-register to vote?

 

If you have moved to a new town or ward within your city, you need to re-register to vote. Check your voter registration. 

Who can register to vote in New Hampshire?

All New Hampshire inhabitants who will be 18 or older on Election Day and are United States citizens are eligible to vote in New Hampshire. There is no minimum period of time you are required to have lived in the state before registering to vote. You may register as soon as you move into your new community.

 

How do I register to vote in New Hampshire?

Check out our Voter Registration page to learn more.

 

What are some examples of the proof I can submit to register to vote?

To register to vote, you must provide proof of your a) ID, b) domicile, c) citizenship, and d) age. HOWEVER, the law allows you to sign affidavits to prove each of these instead of providing documentation when you register to vote in person.

 

If you are registering by mail, you must provide proof of identity and domicile; you can't sign an affidavit for these unless you see your clerk face to face. Here are examples of proof:

 

You can prove both ID and domicile with a copy of a photo identification issued by the U.S. or state government that shows your name and address. Or, you must provide separate proof of domicile & identification.

 

According to the SOS, that proof could include:

 

Identification (RSA 659:13, SOS Memo):

A driver’s license or non-driver ID issued by any state or the federal government;

A United States armed services identification card;

A United States passport or passcard;

A valid student identification card issued by a New Hampshire college, university, or career school, a New Hampshire public or private high school, which is current or which expired not more than 5 years ago.

 

Domicile (proof of address)

ID listing address

Current utility bill;

Bank statement;

Government check;

Paycheck; or

Other document showing an individual’s name and address

A driver’s license or non-driver ID issued by any state or the federal government;

A United States armed services identification card;

A United States passport or passcard;

A valid student identification card issued by a New Hampshire college, university, or career school, a New Hampshire public or private high school, which is current or which is not more than 5 years ago.

A letter from the administrator of a nursing home confirming that the person registering to vote is a resident there;

 

I am trying to register absentee, but I cannot get a hold of my clerk to get the packet sent to me. What do I do?

Call our hotline at 603-466-8683 and we'll walk you through it. We'd also recommend emailing the Secretary of State at elections@sos.nh.gov to request the absentee registration packet. They can send it to you as well.

 

What if my campus is remote or I’m temporarily absent, can I still vote? 

If you were physically present in New Hampshire and made it your civic home, it remains your home until you make a new place your home. That means that students who are sheltering away from New Hampshire because of COVID-19 and intend to return are still considered to live here for voting purposes. 

BUT if you have never lived in New Hampshire, you can’t vote here, even if you are enrolled in a NH school. You need to have previously established a physical presence in NH and made it your home. NH Attorney General Memo


Do I need a license or a car registration to vote?

 

You do NOT need a driver’s license or car registration to vote.

Your license status has no effect whatsoever on your right to vote.