Vote-by-mail absentee ballots have been used in New Hampshire for a century. Absentee ballots are traditionally used when the voter will be out of state or far away from their town, on religious holidays, and other reasons specified below. There are two applications, one for town elections, and another for state and federal elections. For any questions specific to your town, your town clerk and supervisor of the checklist are the two primary election officials dealing with absentee ballots.
Those issues which pertain specifically to absentee voting during the Covid 19 pandemic are listed in dark red, below.
Voting by Absentee Ballot in NH - Normal Circumstances
- Physical disability
- Religious observance
- Absence from City on day of election
- Employment obligations. For the purpose of absentee voting, the term "employment" shall include the care of children and infirm adults, with or without compensation.
Efforts are underway to eliminate these excuses and implement no-excuse or vote-by-mail, both of which make voting accessible to more eligible voters, but these efforts have not been approved by the legislature and governor at this time. (Call your legislators!)