Voter Registration Requirements

  • You need to be 18 or older on Election Day.
  • You need to be a United States citizen.
  • You need to be a resident of New Hampshire and the town or city where you wish to vote.
If you have additional questions about voting in New Hampshire, please contact:
Elections Division: (603)-271-3242; Elections@sos.state.nh.us

Registration Deadline

  • In person: Until 10 days before Election Day, at your city or town clerk's office.
  • Election Day registration: Yes.

Felony Information

Under New Hampshire law, if you've been convicted of a felony in New Hampshire, you may not vote while you are incarcerated, but you may vote while you are on parole or if your sentence has been suspended (with or without probation). If you were convicted of a felony in federal court or in another state, you may be required to petition the governor to restore your rights. For more information on voting after a felony conviction, visit the Elections Division's website, or call them at 603-271-3242.

Information for Students

  • You must be a resident of the state in which you register and vote. If you're a student from New Hampshire who attends school in another state, you may need to determine whether you're a New Hampshire resident or a resident of the state where you attend school. The important thing to keep in mind is that you may only cast your vote in one state.
  • Here's what New Hampshire says about residency: New Hampshire law states that students may vote in the New Hampshire town where they live while attending school if they are domiciled there. Your domicile is the one place where you "more than any other place, ha[ve] established a physical presence and manifest an intent to maintain a single continuous presence for domestic, social, and civil purposes relevant to participating in democratic self-government."
  • If you determine you're a New Hampshire resident, but will not be present in this state or will be away from your home district on Election Day, be sure to check the absentee ballot application requirements and deadlines. In addition, New Hampshire residents who attend school in-state, but in a different election district, may be eligible to register and vote in the election district where they live while attending school.
  • To determine whether you're a resident of a different state where you attend school, be sure to check that state's residency requirements.

Identification Information

First-time voters who registered by mail should bring ONE of the following when they go to vote:

  • Valid photo ID, or current utility bill, or
  • Bank statement, or
  • Pay stub, or
  • Other government document with the voter's name and address

Same Day Registration

Yes

Early Voting Information

If you can't make it to the polls on Election Day, you can vote early in person or by mail if you meet certain requirements. The deadline to request an absentee ballot by mail is 10 days before the election. Your mailed ballot needs to be received by 5:00 p.m. on Election Day. The deadline to vote in person absentee is 5:00 p.m. on the day before the election.

You may only vote absentee if you fall into ANY ONE of the following categories:

  • You plan to be absent on the day of the election from the city, town, or unincorporated place in which you are registered to vote; or
  • You cannot appear in public on Election Day because of observance of a religious commitment
  • You are unable to vote in person due to a disability; or
  • You cannot 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

Secretary of State