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absentee voting

Proud to vote sticker and a ballot.
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Expanded absentee voting eligibility was expected to reshape voting patterns in New Hampshire in this year's elections. New numbers from the Secretary of State make the scale of that shift clear, with New Hampshire seeing both record turnout and a huge jump in the rate of absentee voting this year.

Voters line up at the Manchester City Clerk's office on Oct. 24, 2020.
Dan Tuohy, NHPR

Even before the polls close on Election Day, the pandemic has already reshaped the 2020 race in New Hampshire.

When state election officials announced this spring that any voter can cast an absentee ballot if they’re concerned about the coronavirus, it set off a record number of requests. Now, as of the morning of Nov. 3, hundreds of thousands of New Hampshire voters have already cast their ballots absentee.

Casey McDermott, NHPR

The Manchester Doubletree Hilton hotel has hosted its fair share of campaign events through the years, but this past weekend it also hosted a crucial part of the voting process — serving as the absentee ballot pre-processing hub for New Hampshire’s largest city.

Clockwise from top left: Dartmouth Student Assembly members Elliott Montroll, Cait McGovern, David Millman, Jennifer Qian, Jake Maguire and Jonathan Briffault on a Zoom call.
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The pandemic has upended lots of things about campus life for the nation’s college students this fall — including voting. That’s particularly true in New Hampshire, a place where the student vote has made a difference in close elections.

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A continuación, encuentra las noticias del jueves 29 de octubre. 

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Estado comparte datos actualizados de COVID mientras el contagio comunitario aumenta

El estado registró 113 [ciento trece] nuevos casos confirmados de COVID-19 el miércoles, junto a tres fallecimientos más. Esto lleva el total de muertes en el estado a 478 [cuatrocientos setenta y ocho]. 

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A continuación, encuentra las noticias del miércoles 28 de octubre. 

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Se investiga exposición al COVID-19 en restaurante en Atkinson

El departamento de salud y servicios humanos está investigando una potencial exposición al COVID-19 en un restaurante en Atkinson.

A jar of "clean pens" at a New Hampshire polling place during the September 2020 state primary.
Dan Tuohy / NHPR

Editor's note: If you came to this story because you heard a conspiracy theory about Sharpies invalidating ballots in other states, please know that there is no evidence to those claims. You can read more in this advisory from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security or this reporting from our public radio colleagues in Arizona. We also invite you to read the full story below, which explains the safeguards built into the voting system to ensure all ballots are counted.

Jessica Hunt/NHPR

Election officials say that as of Oct. 13, more than 78,000 general election absentee ballots had already been returned by voters; that's more absentee ballots than were counted in total during the 2016 general election. And plenty of people are still planning to vote in person. We talk with election officials to find out how they are keeping up and what they are anticipating as Election Day, Nov. 3, approaches. We want you to be a part of the conversation, too. Let's hear your questions and comments around the voting process and your experiences so far. Email exchange@nhpr.org to participate or call in during the show: 1-800-892-6477.

Airdate: Monday, Oct. 19, 2020

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Whether you plan to cast an absentee ballot or plan to head to your local polling place on Election Day, or even if you haven’t yet finalized your voting plan and need more information to help make up your mind, NHPR can help. 

Weekly N.H. News Roundup: October 9, 2020

Oct 8, 2020

Senator Maggie Hassan joins us to discuss voting issues and the upcoming committee hearings on the Supreme Court nominee, as the coronavirus spreads through the White House and reaches several Republican senators. The president calls for supporters to "watch the polls" so we find out what is allowed at N.H. voting places, and field your questions about mail-in voting. N.H. schools transition to hybrid models, but there’s some pushback from parents. And what’s going on with races for county sheriff in N.H.?

Air date: Friday, Oct. 9, 2020.

The 2020 general election is November 3. A sign that says "vote" in capital letters sits in a yard.
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State election officials say they will work with their counterparts in the U.S. Postal Service to clear up concerns around an apparent policy change that’s causing some absentee ballots to make an extra trip through regional processing hubs, even if they’re just going from one address to another within the same city or town.

Trump Urges Supporters To 'Watch The Polls' – Here's What N.H. Law Allows

Oct 6, 2020
Pollwatchers during the 2014 election in Hanover, N.H.
Sarah Priestap / Valley News

Late into last week’s debate between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden came a call to action from the president.

“I’m urging my supporters to go into the polls and watch very carefully because that’s what has to happen,” Trump said. “I am urging them to do it.”

Cori Princell, NHPR

Editor's note: This post was updated Oct. 10 to reflect new data on absentee ballot rejections during the September state primary.

More New Hampshire voters will be casting an absentee ballot in the November election than ever before. And since any eligible voter can cast an absentee ballot this year because of the pandemic, many are using the process for the first time.

Dan Tuohy / NHPR

Looking ahead to November, some New Hampshire pollworkers are warning that delays are in store if the state doesn’t grant them more leeway in processing absentee ballots before Election Day.

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A continuación, encuentra las noticias del jueves 17 de septiembre.  

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Trabajadores electorales piden ajustes en procesos de emission de papeletas de votos ausente

Los trabajadores electorales dijeron que las recientes elecciones primarias fluyeron bien a pesar de la cantidad de cambios que se realizaron por el COVID-19. 

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President Trump's re-election campaign and the Republican National Committee can intervene in a lawsuit challenging New Hampshire's COVID-19 voting procedures, a judge has ruled.

The campaigns will join New Hampshire state attorneys who oppose further changes to absentee ballot rules for the November election.

Michael Brindley | NHPR

A continuación, encuentra las noticias del miércoles 9 de septiembre. 

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Las primarias de New Hampshire fluyeron bien y de manera segura en medio de la pandemia

Las elecciones primarias de ayer martes, representaron la primera prueba de conducir una elección de manera segura en medio de la pandemia del COVID-19. 

Dan Tuohy/NHPR

President Trump's re-election campaign and the Republican National Committee are asking to intervene in a lawsuit challenging New Hampshire’s COVID-19 voting procedures. If their request is approved, they would join a team of state attorneys trying to stave off changes to New Hampshire’s absentee registration and voting rules ahead of the November general election.

Annie Ropeik, NHPR

With a week to go before the state primary election, New Hampshire is launching a new absentee voting system meant to allow more voters to cast a ballot privately and independently. 

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A continuación, encuentra las noticias del lunes 17 de  agosto. 

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Reportan datos actualizados de COVID-19 en New Hampshire

New Hampshire anunció 8 [ocho] nuevos resultados positivos en resultados de pruebas de COVID-19 el domingo. El estado calculó un promedio de 20 nuevos casos diarios la semana pasada. 

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The New Hampshire Democratic Party is asking the state to pursue a “full investigation” into a recent batch of erroneous absentee voter registration mailers sent by the New Hampshire Republican Party.