N.H. Voter Resources: What You Need To Know Before Heading To The Polls On Primary Day

Sep 10, 2018

With Primary Day upon us and new state voting rules on the books, here's a primer on what you need to know before heading out to the polls Tuesday.

What's this election all about?

Tomorrow's election is a primary, in which voters will choose nominees of their respective parties - Republican, Democrat, or Libertarian - to run for office in the general election, which takes place in November.

Races up for grabs include governor, both of N.H.'s congressional seats, executive councilors, state senators, state representatives, and several county positions, including sheriffs, county attorneys, commissioners, and registers of deeds and probate. Republicans will also choose delegates to their state convention. There are an estimated 365 uncontested races Tuesday (Two examples: Gov. Chris Sununu is uncontested for the GOP nomination, and U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster is uncontested for the Democratic nomination in the 2nd District.) 

What if I'm an Independent voter?

Undeclared ("independent") voters will be required to choose one of those three ballots. Undeclared voters, after casting that ballot, may return to undeclared status by filling out a card or signing a list before leaving the polling location. What is your party registration? Here's the state's  Party Registration Look-up.

Where do I vote?

Explore our map of New Hampshire polling places below. For more information about your town, visit the N.H. Secretary of State's office right here, or contact your town or city clerk.

Who can vote?

State residents 18 or older who are U.S. citizens. Qualified voters may register at the polling place on Election Day. The Secretary of State's office has this primer for anyone, including college students who meet qualifications, who can register to vote at the polls.

What do I need to bring?

Voter ID: To register, one needs documents to prove identity, age, and citizenship, such as a driver's license, non-driver ID, a birth certificate, U.S. Passport or naturalization document (A N.H. Real ID compliant driver's license is not proof of U.S. citizenship.) Without one of these documents, or photo ID, a voter will have to sign what is called a challenged "qualified voter affidavit," under oath and in front of an election official. 

What if I'm a student?

College students are allowed to vote in New Hampshire. Acceptable student IDs include a college, university, or career school ID, an idea from a public or private high school. Here is a state explainer on the Proof of Voter Identity.

The state says other documents may be required to prove the voter is domiciled in the place where they intend to vote. These documents include a document from a college or school that shows you live in campus housing, a document issued by the school that has their name on it, and a note signed by a school official, including a Resident Assistant, that satisfies the requirement under RSA 654:1, I-a.

What about those new voting rules?

Tuesday's election will be the largest yet under a new voter registration law known as Senate Bill 3, wich requires people to show proof they live where they are trying to vote. Deputy Secretary of State David Scanlan, during a hearing about the law last week, said voters have the option of showing electronic documents as well as paper.  It can be something, such as a college housing form showing the physical address of where they live, on their smartphone, Scanlan says. 

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Sample Primary Ballots (by town and city, so one can see up and down ballot):

Election Hotline

The New Hampshire Attorney General's office will again staff an Election Day hotline from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. The number: 1-866-868-3708. Voters are encouraged to call with concerns or questions, and to leave a voicemail if no one immediately picks up. State attorneys and investigators will also be in the field to assist local election officials.