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COVID-19 Voting Update: Registered voters can now cite COVID-19 as a valid reason for voting absentee in the general election.

[updated September 4, 2020]


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Hey New Hampshire!

If you want to vote, first you’ll need to register. If you’re not sure if you’re already registered, there’s a link in the description where you can check.

It says it’s for looking up your party affiliation, but it’ll only pull up a record if you’re already registered, so that’ll give you an answer. You can also check your registration status by calling your town or city clerk’s office. There’s a link to all their contact information in the description.

So what if you’re not registered, or you need to update your name and address on your registration? In New Hampshire, you have to register in person, either at your city or town clerk’s office in advance. That ends about one to two weeks before election day but it varies by town so check with your town clerk for your exact deadline.

If you have a disability that prevents you from registering in person you can also contact your town clerk and have them send you an absentee registration application. But no matter where in New Hampshire you live, you can also register at your polling place on election day. When you register, you need to bring a proof of citizenship, like a birth certificate or passport, a proof of identification, like a driver’s license or state ID, and a proof of residence like a driver’s license again if the address is current, a lease or document showing you live in on campus housing, or a bank statement, utility bill, paycheck, or lease with your name and address on it.

If you are missing any of these three types of documents, you can also register by signing a document in front of an election official promising that you are who you say you are and that you’re eligible to vote. There’s a link in the description where you can find your clerk’s office to get registered or ask any registration questions you may have. So once you’re registered, you get to vote.

In most cases, you’re gonna be voting in person on November 3rd in New Hampshire, unless you’ll be out of town on election day, or have a disability or religious belief that doesn’t allow you to get to the polls. If any of those situations do apply to you, there’s a link below to where you can apply for an absentee ballot. You have until November 2nd at 5pm to get your request in, but the sooner you do it the longer you’ll have to get your ballot in the mail, fill it out at your own pace, and mail it back by November 3rd.

You can also go to your town clerk’s office through November 2nd and vote your absentee ballot in person. And for the rest of you, you’ll need to head to the polls on November 3rd. You can look up where to go to vote using the link in the description.

The polls are open from 7am to 7pm. You’ll need to bring a photo ID with you, like a driver’s license, state voter ID, passport, student ID, or military ID. If you have any questions, don’t be afraid to ask the poll workers.

Remember, they’re there to help you vote. If you want to see everything that’s going to be on the ballot ahead of time, you can go to your town clerk’s website to find your sample ballot. This gives you a chance to see everything you get to vote for this year.

You don’t have to vote for every item on the ballot for it to be counted, but those local elections are pretty important, so this just gives you the chance to research the candidates for your local elections ahead of time. If you want to, you can even print one out and bring it to the polls with you so you can remember how you want to vote. But before you go, the best thing to do if you want to vote this year is to make a plan to vote right now—from what day you’re gonna register to whether you're gonna vote in person or absentee.

What kinds of ID you’re gonna use, and where they are, even what time you’re gonna vote and how you’re gonna get there. Write it down, put it in your notes app, text it to a friend, just make a plan so that nothing unexpected stops you from being counted on November 3rd. All the links you need to check your registration and polling location will be in the description.

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