Voting Information

Important Dates

March 22-31, 2017Filing period for candidates for non-partisan ballot election on Town Meeting Day
April 29, 2017Last day to register in the Town Clerk's Office before Town Meeting Day - same day registration will be available on Town Meeting Day after this date

Every resident of Hanover who has a fixed and permanent domicile in the town, who is a citizen of the United States, and who is 18 years of age may register to vote in the town. A resident is someone who has a domicile in the town on a continuing basis for a significant portion of each year. A person can have only one domicile for the purpose of voting.

Voter Registration Form: Information that must be provided includes name, address (mailing and legal residence), place and date of birth and proof of citizenship. Filling out the voter registration form and signing it involves a solemn oath that the information is true. 

Party Affiliation: No one is required to list a party affiliation, but in New Hampshire one may register as a Democrat or Republican. Listing oneself as undeclared means that one has no party preference; there is no "Independent" party recognized in New Hampshire. In primary elections an Undeclared voter may request either party's ballot at the polls and will be listed on the checklist in the future as affiliated with that party. An Undeclared voter who wishes to return to Undeclared status after voting may do so at the place of polling by stopping at the Undeclared Voter Re-Registration station upon exiting the polls.

Rights and Responsibilities: If the qualifications to vote are met, the Supervisors of the Checklist will add the applicant to the voter checklist. As a registered voter of Hanover, New Hampshire, one has the right to vote at any meeting or election held within the town. One also shares in all the responsibilities of being a citizen of the town and state.

Where to Register: Individuals may register to vote at the Town Office on Main Street with office hours Monday - Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. Applications may be made at any time of the year (except 10 days prior to any election). There are also special registration sessions on Saturday mornings and evening hours on certain dates just prior to an election. These dates are published in the Valley News and posted on the bulletin board at the door of the Town Office. You may also register at the Polls on Election Days.

Absentee ballots: Individuals unable to vote in person may request an absentee ballot from the Town Clerk's Office, 41 South Main Street. Voters choosing to vote by absentee ballot must sign a request form before obtaining a ballot. Upon receipt of the signed request, an absentee ballot will either be given or mailed (RSA 657:15) to the voter. Once the ballot is completed, the voter must personally deliver (during our office hours/Mon.-Fri. 8:30-4:30) or mail the ballot (RSA 657:17) to the Town Clerk's office.

Staff Contacts

Name Title Phone
Betsy McClain Town Clerk (603) 640-3203
Donna Stender Assistant Town Clerk and Deputy Tax Collector (603) 640-3202