Voting questions (absentee registration and ballots)

Q: Is there a way for residents to register to vote without going to the town or city clerk?

A: Yes. Information about absentee registration is on the NH Secretary of State’s website. Check with your town or city clerk for registration deadlines.

Q: What are the COVID-19 related provisions for absentee voting?

A: Anyone concerned about the risks of CoVID-19 exposure may declare this as their reason to vote absentee. The application form to request an absentee ballot has been updated to reflect this and can be found here on the Secretary of State’s website. 

Q: Can we take residents’ absentee ballots to the town or city instead of mailing them?

A: Even if your facility has not done so for past elections, given the unique risks this year, you may wish to identify a staff member to serve as a Designated Delivery Agent to deliver resident ballots to your city or town’s ballot delivery location. 

The requirements for a Designated Delivery Agent are defined in statute (and quite readable). Especially if your facility has not provided a Designated Delivery Agent to assist residents with their ballots in past years, you may wish to refer directly to the statute to review the requirements and contact your city or town Clerk’s office to discuss any questions you may have. 

Your city or town will have specific instructions on when and where to deliver absentee ballots. Here’s an example from the City of Nashua. Even if your facility has provided a Designated Delivery Agent to assist residents with their ballots in past years, you may wish to contact your city or town Clerk to review their instructions for ballot delivery this year. These instructions may be different from previous elections. 

Please note that guidance from the State of New Hampshire, your city or town, and relevant federal agencies always supercedes information in this newsletter. Check official government websites regularly for updates, and contact the appropriate authorities directly if you have specific questions about their programs.  

This page updated 8/26/20

Information is changing rapidly as the COVID-19 outbreak evolves. Please take the links on these pages, especially the NH DHHS, which coordinates the COVID-19 response in our state, and other public health resources such as your local public health department, the CDC and WHO to find the latest guidance and recommendations.

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