Have you made a plan to vote on Nov. 3rd?
If you haven't registered to vote, there's still time, but do this in person at the town clerk's office, or in person at the polls on election day. You'll need a government-issued ID and proof of your "domicile." Call your clerk for details, or see this PDF document at the NH Secretary of State's website for permissible documents and ID requirements.
Next, decide HOW you're going to vote: Absentee before the election, or in-person on election day.
If you vote by absentee ballot, you need to request an absentee ballot by downloading an absentee ballot application. [See Open Democracy's "How to Vote by Absentee Ballot in New Hampshire" pages for details] If you are doing absentee, you must request the ballot RIGHT NOW. Time is short to get your application to the clerk, and get the ballot returned to the clerk. Please return the ballot the day you get it, to allow for time to delivery, and remember to sign the affidavit envelope on the right side for concerns with COVID. After October 23rd, we highly recommend you return your absentee ballot right to an official the town or city clerk's office. DON'T drop it in a drop box, unless told to do so by a municipal official. Putting a ballot in an unattended box could invalidate it. You can also bring your ballot in on election day until 5 p.m.
If you want to vote in person at the polls, please wear a mask, and we recommend you bring your own black ball point pen. If you forget, there will be some available for you to keep. Due to fewer polling booths because of social distancing, be prepared and dressed to stand in lines, possibly outside. Sanitize going into the polls and on the way out. A reminder that no political signs or garb are allowed in the polling place. Be patient and kind as we get through a challenging day together!
No matter how you vote, VOTE! Your vote is your voice, and you need to use it!
Have you planned how you're going to vote safely on September 8 in NH's state primary?
You have options if you act quickly.
Join us Aug. 8th for the annual Granny D Memorial Walk, celebrating "100 Years of Women Walking for Democracy" --
Walk - Rally - Ice Cream!
Walk this Sunday to Inform Voters About Absentee Voting
PORTSMOUTH—Recent COVID-19 accommodations by New Hampshire's Secretary of State and Attorney General allow for voters to use an absentee ballot for the Sept. 8 state primary and Nov. 3 general elections. The problem is, most voters don't know that's an option.
Sunday, July 5, volunteers with Open Democracy, a New Hampshire nonprofit which works on voting rights, money-in-politics and campaign finance reform, will be holding signs in and around Portsmouth to help spread the word, and will even have absentee ballot applications for anyone who wants one. All volunteers holding signs will be socially distanced and be wearing masks. Anyone wishing to help hold signs may meet for instructions at 2 p.m. Sunday at Lafayette Plaza, 775 Lafayette Rd, then be dispersed to other locations around the city.
Every Monday, Open Democracy produces the Open Democracy Minute, a 90-second radio short on a Democracy Reform topic. Over 40 of these have been distributed in the last year, with topics ranging from redistricting, to the effort to overturn Citizens United, to voter-owned honest elections. Click "Continue Reading" below to find out how to listen, or subscribe to the podcast.
New Hampshire's first in the national primary leads to a special opportunity for New Hampshire voters to influence political dialogue. By asking a variety of detailed questions, common citizens have an opportunity to get candidates on record giving their stance on key issues.
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